My Scottish folklore horror THE AULD MITHER is now also available in audiobook
A reissue of an old favorite. The Auld Mither grew initially from a short story I co-wrote with Graeme Hurry, The Blue Hag, but it always felt worthy of a longer look. Here it is in a new edition.
It was started way back in the late ’90s, when I lived in Aberdeenshire up in the North East of Scotland, and is set there, in a remote deer farm, where old traditions die hard, and The Auld Mither, a crone-like hag with razor sharp bones for fingers, is killing off the proponents of a new abattoir.
This one always felt to me like a Hammer Horror, with too red blood and too raucous screams. At least that’s the way it ran in my head. Hopefully it’ll run like that for you too.
At one time I had hopes of selling this as a movie, it was optioned, and I wrote a screenplay but that hope was quashed when the production company folded. But maybe someday I’ll get to see it, with plucky Scots policemen, lonely manor houses, old crones at the crossroads and a pint of heavy in an old rural Highland bar.
It’s a dream I have.
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