Interview with R. J. Howell, Author of “Fragarach”

Mt. Misery Press

The following is an interview with R. J. Howell, author of the short story “Fragarach,” which appears in Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy (available now on Amazon in digital and paperback).

1) What inspired you to write your Neon Druid story, “Fragarach”?

Primarily, the open call. I stumbled across the posting on Duotrope calling for submissions for a Celtic urban fantasy anthology. I’d just finished writing the first Clay Atwater story which was, unfortunately, a novella and far too long, so I sat on it. A few days before the deadline, I’d been browsing fantasy images on Pinterest, looking for future inspiration, and I’d come across an image of a guy holding a glowing sword in one hand and a cell phone in the other. Somehow in my brain, this connected with the Clay story and premise of being challenged to find random objects by an ankou…

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Review: Neon Druid

Pyles of Books

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I wanted to change it up slightly with this post and have something fun/themed for St. Patrick’s day! But I can’t go any further without saying…what a fun romp through pubs, mythology, and alleyways. NEON DRUID is such a fun, pulpy anthology of stories that embody Celtic fantasy and mythology. Each story presents a strong grasp of voice, tone, and feel that I appreciate in a themed urban fantasy anthology.

I have made a list of the stories below that I really enjoyed and I made a list along with mini reviews down below:

Dreams of Gold by Madison McSweeny – This an excellent story to begin with, since the world building is perfect and the reader gets a taste of what this anthology is going to be about. There’s flashes of humor, violence, and death. And yes, it involves a leprechaun based on the name.

Banshee by Serena Jayne…

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Interview with Willow Croft, Author of “Salted Earth”

Mt. Misery Press

The following is an interview with Willow Croft, author of the short story “Salted Earth,” which appears in Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy (available now on Amazon in digital and paperback).

1) What inspired you to write your Neon Druid story, “Salted Earth”?

I’ve worked in animal rescue and wildlife rescue for years, both as a volunteer and as a paid employee. I even had the opportunity to become involved in a hoarding case investigation, and wrote an affidavit for a court case involving neglected cats. The cats were relocated to a new, no-kill cat shelter that had been formed to house them (which is still in operation today). So, the cause of animal rights is still close to my heart, even though I haven’t had the opportunity to get involved in the cause in my new location. Lately, I’ve been thinking about what would…

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Interview with Jennifer Lee Rossman, Author of “Mari Lwyd”

Mt. Misery Press

The following is an interview with Jennifer Lee Rossman, author of the short story “Mari Lwyd,” which appears in Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy (available now on Amazon in digital and paperback).

1) What inspired you to write your Neon Druid story, “Mari Lwyd”?

I’ll confess, I had originally written this story with a different anthology in mind, a Christmas horror anthology. So I wasn’t trying to write about Celtic mythology specifically, but the Welsh tradition of the Mari Lwyd caught my attention.

2) What’s something that always seems to pop up in the stories you write?

Dorks. I’m autistic, and a huge nerd besides, so a my quirks and love of nerdy references tend to bleed into my characters.

3) Excluding your Neon Druid story, what piece of writing are you most proud of, and why?

“The Good, the Bad, and the Utahraptor.” It’s a…

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Interview with Patrick Winters, Author of “The Faoladh”

Mt. Misery Press

The following is an interview with Patrick Winters, author of the short story “The Faoladh,” which appears in Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy (available now on Amazon in digital and paperback).

1) What inspired you to write your Neon Druid story, “The Faoladh”?

I was perusing Facebook months ago, and I just happened to see a post with a brief article about the Faoladh. “Irish werewolves” caught my attention, and when I read the article, I was really surprised by the concept of werewolves acting as nobler—even heroic—guardian figures, as compared to the more modern view of them being mindless monsters, like we see in a fair bit of today’s media. I kept the concept in the back of my mind, and once I saw the call for Neon Druid, I knew it was time to make a story out of it.

2) What’s something that…

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Interview with Art Lasky, Author of “Faith, Begorrah, and Oy Gevalte!”

Mt. Misery Press

The following is an interview with Art Lasky, author of the short story “Faith, Begorrah, and Oy Gevalte!”, which appears in Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy (available now on Amazon in digital and paperback).

1) What inspired you to write your Neon Druid story, “Faith, Begorrah, and Oy Gevalte!”?

My story starts with a little boy falling down a coal chute. Shortly before my second birthday, it was traumatic enough to remember. When a workshop prompt called for a story about a trip I had taken, well…

2) What’s something that always seems to pop up in the stories you write?

My stories always include humor and a sharp turn into weirdness.

3) Which book/story has had the biggest influence on your writing?

Winter Warriors by David Gemmell, showed me that sword & sorcery heroes need not be dour, irresistibly powerful characters. It is okay for them…

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Interview with Ed Ahern, Author of “Cave Canem”

Mt. Misery Press

The following is an interview with Ed Ahern, author of the short story “Cave Canem,” which appears in Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy (available now on Amazon in digital and paperback).

1) What inspired you to write your Neon Druid story, “Cave Canem”?

I wanted a supernatural figure with provenance who wasn’t already a beaten-to-death trope.

2) What’s something that always seems to pop up in the stories you write?

I have a snarky sense of humor and if I’m not careful I’ll stick in a zinger that spoils the mood I’m trying for.

3) Which book/story has had the biggest influence on your writing?

Several books by Ray Bradbury. He’s a little out of vogue now, but he’s able to generate a delicious sense of wonder in even scifi settings.

4) Excluding your Neon Druid story, what piece of writing are you most proud of, and…

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