As you know, each week I’ll be featuring one of the Indie Chicks here on my blog. This week is very special because this week I’m featuring the delightfully magical Heather Marie Adkins. Not only is Heather one of the Indie Chicks and a member of the Indie Eclective, she’s also a good friend of mine.
Later this week I’ll be featuring her story from the Indie Chick’s anthology, but for now I want to do a very special Mythos Monday in her honor. Heather’s fantastic paranormal novel The Temple features a very interesting ancient folk myth: The Wild Hunt.
“When the winter winds blow and the Yule fires are lit, it is best to stay indoors, safely shut away from the dark paths and the wild heaths. Those who wander out by themselves during the Yule-nights may hear a sudden rustling through the tops of the trees – a rustling that might be the wind, though the rest of the wood is still.
“But then the barking of dogs fills the air, and the host of wild souls sweeps down, fire flashing from the eyes of the black hounds and the hooves of the black horses”
Kveldulf Hagen Gundarsson (Mountain Thunder)
Countries throughout Europe have their own tales of The Wild Hunt, or the Raging Host. In some stories, The Hunt is made of up of the dead. In others, the fairy folk. But all these tales surround a group of spectral riders charging through the night in search of prey.
To see The Hunt is to see war or plague or the death of a loved one visited upon your head. Wander into the path of The Hunt and find yourself its victim, your spirit forever wandering the Land of the Dead.
What if you yourself were to fall victim to the ghostly riders? How would you escape? Or would you even want to?
What if a powerful sorcerer could harness The Hunt in order to seek revenge? How could The Hunt be stopped?
What other magical tales could one spin from The Hunt?
Well, Heather Marie Adkins has one answer. And it’s in her novel The Temple. Frankly, I love this book and I think you will too. In fact, this week Heather will be giving away THREE copies of The Temple right here on my blog.
That’s right. THREE. (Because three is a magical number.) All you have to do is leave a comment below between now and this Thursday. I will choose three winners at random and announce the names in my Fantastical Friday post. So leave a comment for your chance to win a copy.