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Discover and be transported by eight wonderfully diverse stories based on the myth, legend and folklore at eight English Heritage sites from the toe of Cornwall to the tip of Northumberland. Editor Katherine Davey, English Heritage, and September Publishing have worked their magic alongside the authors while Clive Hicks-Jenkins has created striking and disquieting illustrations to accompany each story. To give you an idea as to the quality on offer, the authors in order are, Edward Carey, Alison MacLeod, Paul Kingsnorth, Sarah Hall, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Sarah Moss, and Fiona Mozley. Journalist James Kidd introduces the tales, highlighting the importance of folklore, and states that: “The moods of the eight stories are similar eclectic, by turns comic or uncanny, absurd or scholarly, angry or fanciful, unsettling of poignant”. The location each story has been based on, sits at the end of the story, as while some are obviously of the site, others hover, offer, suggest. The afterword by the knowledgeable Charles Kightly explains the background to each of these new stories, the history and tradition that each site is steeped in. From sharp and pointed, to lyrical and whimsical, the creative and inspiring stories in These Our Monsters twisted in my mind. If you enjoy an original and wonderful blend of folklore, myth and legend, stop right here!
From the legends of King Arthur embedded in the rocky splendour of Tintagel to the folklore and mysticism of Stonehenge, English Heritage sites are often closely linked to native English myths.
Following on from the bestselling ghost story anthology Eight Ghosts this is a new collection of stories inspired by the legends and tales that swirl through the history of eight different English Heritage sites. With this evocative collection English Heritage brings new voices and fresh creative alchemy to our ancient historical sites and our story-telling heritage.
Also contained is essay by James Kidd on the importance of myth to our landscape and our fiction, and an English Heritage survey of sites and associated legends. New legends for modern times; sprung from our ancient lands, stories and stones.
Closing date: 03/12/2020
Publication date: 24/10/2019
Publisher: English Heritage / September Publishing
|Publication date:||24th October 2019|
|Publisher:||English Heritage / September Publishing|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Gift Books, Historical Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Shorter Reads, Star Books,|
|Categories:||Myth & legend told as fiction, Short stories, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|