It’s possible I may have mentioned how I rarely read crime books, but love, absolutely love, fantasy and science fiction. Once again, there’s a reason Maratse likes sci-fi. There’s also a reason I like to put a bit of magic into my stories – Luui, I’m looking at you!
So, the photo above is taken from Alderley Edge in Cheshire, England. I grew up close to Alderley Edge. My mum would take me on adventures to The Edge when I was little. There is a lot of magic rooted in the trees and deep beneath the rocks of The Edge with all kinds of wonderful myths and legends seeping out of them. If you haven’t read anything by Alan Garner, then I thoroughly recommend The Weirdstone of Brisingamen for a fantastic mythopoeic read. Even better, listen to the audiobook read by Philip Madoc.
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen is a children’s book, but Alan Garner’s writing is criminally good. If you want a more adult read then I would suggest Strandloper. Garner packs so much into every sentence of his writing. Amazing.
Also amazing, in my opinion, are my folks, who put up with me “knowing the way” all the way around The Edge.
Suffice it to say, I didn’t.
Personally, I blame Merlin and the Svartálfar!