Scotland has a stunning tradition of oral storytelling, from the firesides of the nation’s legendary storytelling families to the physical and virtual platforms of today’s narrative performers. Scotland is also a place with a strange, longstanding affinity with that most chilling of genres: the Gothic.
Haunted Voices – a bold and ambitious anthology in both text and audio – showcases some of Scotland’s best oral storytellers, from archived stories of past masters to the work of contemporary performers, and their most disturbing tales of terror.
Expect monstrous tongue-eaters, shadowy demons, haunted video tapes, wicked priests, strange shapes in the darkness, a retelling of Poe’s The Raven… and more!
Scotland may be small, but it has many, many voices. So gather round and listen close. This is Haunted Voices: Scotland’s great Gothic chorus.
Contributors: Fiona Barnett, Paul Bristow, P. D. Brown, Anna Cheung, Pauline Cordiner, Chris Edwards, Fran Flett Hollinrake, Gavin Inglis, Daiva Ivanauskaitė, Sheila Kinninmonth, Kirsty Logan, Seoras Macpherson, Ali Maloney, Daru McAleece, Conner McAleese, Jen McGregor, Paul McQuade, Ricky Monahan Brown, Alycia Pirmohamed, Gauri Raje, Jude Reid, Max Scratchmann, Sean Wai Keung, D. A. Watson, Katalina Watt.
Also includes archived tales from: Stanley Robertson, Jeannie Robertson, Jean Rodger, Duncan Williamson and Betsy Whyte.
Each story is beautifully illustrated by Zuzanna Kwiecien.
Ghost stories are one thing, however when folklore, cultural, ghosts and other types of creepy stories are left to never see the light or be heard again, Haunted Voices is a great example of how important it is to document stories and have a place for Archives. Most of these stories come from and are permission to be featured because of Scotland’s Archives. Even permission to record these stories for a audio experience. Otherwise you can get your hands on the digital ebook.
But can we learn from other countries? The answer is yes, Haunted Voices proves that. Whether we’ve seen movies from Scotland or have heard of this or that, but when stories come into a book for the whole world to witness these old stories. It’s like a piece of the past that has now been brought out into the modern world.
It really shows how much Scotland appreciates stories of the supernatural and just how much they do tend to talk, run events, if not have a public storytelling of these kind of stories. Haunted Voices, makes it easier for people like us to enjoy something more than just the same ol stories we know of. So why not bring home more cultural stories to help widen our knowledge of stories to help share over a nightly campfire. And in return thank those who gave stories that we can now enjoy at home, listen on our merry way or simply just download and read on our devices.
Some stories I’ve read are very interesting, however one thing I don’t want to blame on. But at times it’s hard to fully understand what is trying to be said, after awhile we may start picking up certain words spell differently than Scotland. But simple English words are either missing a letter or have that accent feel to the word, example there is moments where the writer is talking about taken someone away, however it’s like they were “took awa” rather than “taken away.” However it seems to start becoming better English as the stories go on, so it could be missed editing or how one would tell the story. I let it slide since you gotta to remind yourself this book did come from oversea’s, so languages and spelling and pronunciations are very different depending on who we interact with. And if you do grab one, make sure to check out “The Credits” section, you may find a familiar name lingering within.
With that being said, please check this book out. It’s a fun read and does make you think of a few things. Like the introduction to the first story entitled, “The Warlock and Robbie Ha”. Which kind of has an interesting point of how a Banshee is made, where the last of someone’s bloodline has come down to them and once there, they become the Banshee. It’s very fascinating nonetheless, and some stories I’d recommend to check out is. “The House”, “The Leerie”, “The Ghost Wife” and others. Thirty one tales for anyone and everyone, all you have to do is have the time to read or listen to these stories.
And finally if you’re familiar with stuff like “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”, you’ll notice the black and white little illustrations for each tale. It’s a nice add to the creepiness of these stories from Scotland, because in a way. It’s like saying, when someone finds interest with the book, it will then follow them home.