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Title: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Elizabeth Holmes Signed

I would like to know the Irish myth about the woman who threw rocks across Ireland. Sounds as if she were most unhappy about something.

This was a very fine Halloween story with the monsters being frightening yet all too vulnerable for their own good like any mythical creature.  The dawn brings the sun and chases away the shadows.  Thank you for your story.

Author's Response:

Thank you, Elizabeth, I appreciate your review - you always have something encouraging to say about my writings.


I gave a a short account of 'The Caílleach' in the end notes. The Queen of Winter, also called the Hag of Béarra. This ancient, wise old woman 'allegedly' cursed for stealing a holy book from St Catherine.  Outlived her husband and children and in her frustrated wait for her lover who never returned from the sea she roamed Ireland casting stones & boulders across the land. She ruled over winter holding the weather and life and death in her palm. Summer would find her either casting the stones or sitting looking out to sea waiting for her man. There is no truth in my adding she turned people to stone.

Thought you would like the poem I wrote for the local paper - I have a poem printed every week.


Veiled Hag of Béara

‘tis on me this name.

Staring out to sea – waiting…

The witch Cailleach shall remain.

Curse heaped upon me for theft of–

St Cathighearn’s Holy Tome.

Now a cragged, soulless, boulder,

wrinkled-faced old crone.

Samhradh brings no warmth,

no happiness, no joy.

Eons of years have passed.

Grown now the boy.

And yet, still I wait.

His mistress, now the wine, dark sea –

Manannan mac Lir when

Will you return to me?

Power of life and death…

tightly held in palmed hand.

Far and near stones flung

across this stormy land.

Samhain to Bealtaine.

Queen of Winter, for my pain.

Do not sit near nor pity me,

For you too, a boulder may remain.

Date: 11/06/2022 - 09:44 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Heather-Chrysalis Signed

A great Halloween story! I love reading about the Cartwrights going to a big party on Halloween-but this time the monsters were real.

Also, I couldn't blame the gypsy for calling Adam "the chosen one'. As she said "You are perfect-beautiful, strong in mind and body". I agree with her there!

And I like how you interweaved in Irish mythology into your story.

I hope you had a safe and insane Halloween. :)

Author's Response:

So pleased you enjoyed the plot line of the story and the mix of Irish mythology...we paddies thrive on myth & legend. I'm thinking Adam would be 'the chose one' for a great many Boomers.

Thank you for your encouraging words.  

And yes, I had a grand Halloween fancy-dress coffee morning with other members of 'The Women's Shed' a local charity group. 

Date: 11/05/2022 - 11:37 am [Report This]
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