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About I. E. Kneverday
I. E. Kneverday is the writer of many a twisted tale and the editor of Neon Druid, a collection of 17 short stories that mix urban fantasy with Celtic mythology. Kneverday’s short fiction has been featured in publications and anthologies including Exoplanet Magazine, Drabbledark, Chronos, and Enchanted Conversation Magazine. His greatest writing accomplishment? Winning a pulp horror short story contest with a 300-word historical thriller about murderous French cheesemakers (“Fromagegoria”).
Kneverday grew up just north of Boston, grew up again in Montreal, and continues to grow in San Jose, California. Throughout his life, he’s had a deep affinity for local history. And folklore. And music. Before devoting more time to writing, he moonlighted as a pub musician. (He sings and plays the guitar and Irish bouzouki.) These days, Kneverday spends business hours ghostwriting and spends his evenings writing about ghosts. Visit www.Kneverday.com to read more of his short fiction, and come say hi on Twitter (@kneverday) and Facebook. P.S. Neon Druid is available now on Amazon both in paperback and in the Kindle Store.
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A collection of seventeen short stories, Neon Druid mixes urban fantasy and Celtic mythology, creating a universe where lecherous leprechauns and debaucherous druids inhabit the local pubs, and where shapeshifting water spirits from Scotland and sword-wielding warriors from Ireland lurk in the alleyways. The stories inside this anthology are independent narratives set within the urban centers and environs of this shared Celtic Otherworld. Some are tales of supernatural horror. Others are street-level fantasy adventures. And still others are farcical, whiskey-drenched fairy tales.
Fans of Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and Maria Dahvana Headley (The Mere Wife) who enjoy seeing ancient stories and characters reimagined for modern times will feel right at home within the pages of Neon Druid. But rest assured, even if you’re unfamiliar with the (incredible) authors mentioned above, there’s still a good chance that you—or a friend, or coworker, or loved one, or mortal enemy—will be a good fit for Neon Druid.
Who Is NEON DRUID For?
• Short story-lovers who are in the mood for an anthology that is (roughly) equal parts whimsical, supernatural, darkly humorous, and horrifying—but, ya know, in a good way.
• Folks who are interested in and/or have a passion for all things related to Celtic mythology (including Irish mythology, Scottish mythology, Welsh mythology, Cornish mythology, Manx mythology, & Breton mythology).
• Readers who are already fans of urban fantasy / urban mythic fantasy and are curious to see what Celtic mythology can bring to the genre. (Hint: Irish werewolves. And whiskey. And, for some reason, lots of axes. You’ll see.)
What Kinds of Mythological Beings Will I Meet in NEON DRUID?
Inside Neon Druid, you will encounter an entire pantheon of monsters, spirits, & deities that have been pulled from the illuminated pages of Celtic mythology. These include, but are not limited to:
• Ankou: a personification of death in Breton mythology
• Banshee: a female spirit who warns of approaching death by shrieking or wailing
• Buggane: a shapeshifting ogre/troll native to the Isle of Man
• Cernunnos: horned god of the Celts, associated with fertility, life, animals, wealth, & the underworld
• Kelpie: a shapeshifting Scottish water spirit that often takes the form of a horse
• Morrigan: Irish goddess of war, fate, & death who often takes the form of a crow; sometimes described as a trio of sisters
• Ogma: Irish god of eloquence, literature, & language; credited with the invention of Ogham script
• Selkie: a Scottish water spirit that can transform from seal to human by shedding its skin
NEON DRUID Story List
Dreams of Gold • Madison McSweeney
The Faoladh • Patrick Winters
The Flat Above the Wynd • Alexandra Brandt
Mari Lwyd • Jennifer Lee Rossman
Under Construction • Matthew Stevens
Jace and the Daoine Shi • Tom Howard
The Burning of the Blueberries • Haile
Fans of Stephen King, H. G. Wells, and H. P. Lovecraft will feel right at home in this wickedly weird universe, which is brimming with ghosts, goblins, and drunks who go bump in the night.
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Set in New England’s most mysterious city, Woburn, Massachusetts, located ten miles northwest of Boston, Chronicles takes the real history of this blue-collar community and methodically peels away the layers, revealing its sinister and supernatural underbelly.
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