I’m not one for Halloween. Normally at least. Scary books gave me nightmares as a child, horror movies caused sleepless nights. I’ve always thought it was because I had an overactive imagination, and I can’t see anything without my glasses on which makes all shadows look like monsters. But myths can be scarier than anything my mind conjures up, Scottish Ghosts revealed.
Scotland is full of stories. Some myths, some legends, and some tales of spirits past and present. Supernatural beings. Of course Scotland isn’t the only part of the world that has stories like that, but tonight we focus on the Scots and their faeries.
Still Folk, Wee Folk, Pixies, those words all sound so nice and in some stories they might be. But not in the stories of Scottish Ghosts. This book is filled with stories of what happens when the supernatural turns against you in the wild lands of Scotland. This book consisting of legends, tales, myths, and folklore tells stories from all over Scotland. From a small town in Kirkcudbrightshire, to capitol Edinburgh, to far into the rural Highlands. The Scots have monsters in every shape and size, and they haunt the world mostly on Halloween.
I’ve never made it a secret that I have a deep love for Scotland, so starting a tradition to read ghost stories with a book on Scottish ghosts didn’t seem strange. As a child, I stayed away from the more scarier books as they gave me nightmares. I had a vivid imagination, and when I took off my glasses when going to bed those shadows gained a live of their own. As a grownup, nightmares aren’t about monsters anymore and if they are they inspire my own scary tales to write. Scottish Ghosts doesn’t involve a lot of werewolves or other more classic fairytale monsters, but the ones in there are described more lifelike than the ones in children’s books. And if you know Scotland a bit than you can practically use this book as a map through towns and villages, such as Edinburgh.
The language used isn’t always the greatest. Sometimes very academic, sometimes very vague. There isn’t a consistent tone of voice in the stories. Which if fine if you read one every now and then, it’s a lot harder to read it in one go. But it’s ghost stories, the point is to enjoy them in a bit of a slow space.
Fairies, white ladies, tortured souls, poltergeists, malevolent phantoms, hideous creatures, Scotland has them all.
Scottish Ghosts. Lily Seafield / Lomond Books