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Cross over into a world where the mischievous gods, goddesses, monsters, and heroes of Celtic mythology live among us, intermingling with unsuspecting mortals and stirring up mayhem in cities and towns on both sides of the Atlantic, from Limerick and Edinburgh to Montreal and Boston.
A collection of 17 short stories, Neon Druid mixes urban fantasy and Celtic mythology, creating a universe where lecherous leprechauns and debaucherous druids inhabit the local pubs, and where shapeshifting water spirits from Scotland and sword-wielding warriors from Ireland lurk in the alleyways.
Fans of Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and Maria Dahvana Headley (The Mere Wife) who enjoy seeing ancient stories and characters reimagined for modern times will feel right at home within the pages of Neon Druid. But rest assured, even if you’re unfamiliar with the (incredible) authors mentioned above, there’s still a good chance that you—or a friend, or coworker, or loved one, or mortal enemy—will be a good fit for Neon Druid.
Who Is NEON DRUID For?
• Short story-lovers who are in the mood for an anthology that is (roughly) equal parts whimsical, supernatural, darkly humorous, and horrifying—but, ya know, in a good way.
• Folks who are interested in and/or have a passion for all things related to Celtic mythology (including Irish mythology, Scottish mythology, Welsh mythology, Cornish mythology, Manx mythology, & Breton mythology).
• Readers who are already fans of urban fantasy / urban mythic fantasy and are curious to see what Celtic mythology can bring to the genre. (Hint: Irish werewolves. And whiskey. And, for some reason, lots of axes. You’ll see.)
What Kinds of Mythological Beings Will I Meet in NEON DRUID?
Inside Neon Druid, you will encounter an entire pantheon of monsters, spirits, & deities that have been pulled from the illuminated pages of Celtic mythology. These include, but are not limited to:
• Ankou: a personification of death in Breton mythology
• Banshee: a female spirit who warns of approaching death by shrieking or wailing
• Buggane: a shapeshifting ogre/troll native to the Isle of Man
• Cernunnos: horned god of the Celts, associated with fertility, life, animals, wealth, & the underworld
• Kelpie: a shapeshifting Scottish water spirit that often takes the form of a horse
• Morrigan: Irish goddess of war, fate, & death who often takes the form of a crow; sometimes described as a trio of sisters
• Ogma: Irish god of eloquence, literature, & language; credited with the invention of Ogham script
• Selkie: a Scottish water spirit that can transform from seal to human by shedding its skin
Dreams of Gold • Madison McSweeney (2,400 words)
The Faoladh • Patrick Winters (3,200 words)
The Flat Above the Wynd • Alexandra Brandt (6,700 words)
Mari Lwyd • Jennifer Lee Rossman (2,000 words)
Under Construction • Matthew Stevens (4,000 words)
Jace and the Daoine Shi • Tom Howard (2,500 words)
The Burning of the Blueberries • Hailey Piper (6,300 words)
Banshee • Serena Jayne (100 words)
Fragarach • R. J. Howell (7,600 words)
The Lady of the Lake • P. J. Richards (1,600 words)
Faith, Begorrah, and Oy Gevalte! • Art Lasky (650 words)
Cave Canem • Ed Ahern (3,100 words)
The Ache of Water • E.K. Reisinger (980 words)
Glandomirum • Jarret Keene (2,500 words)
Salted Earth • Willow Croft (1,900 words)
Lady of the Crows • Laila Amado (400 words)
Druids of Montreal • I. E. Kneverday (7,800 words)