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Short story – “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains…” by Neil Gaiman

Trigger Warning“The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains…” by Neil Gaiman is a wonderful piece of work. There is a lot going on, but not on an obvious level, although the story is a straightforward one. It has some history according to Gaiman’s commentary on it, but this is my first encounter with it. It won the Locus Award for Best Novelette.

Set in the Isle of Skye, it is based in old stories of the islands, myths if you will. These myths are woven together into a wonderful story of revenge. It is easy to give up with this one in the first few pages, I think, because it is not clear what is going on and it is quite dark, but please persist and enjoy the language and the images that are formed in your mind (a great strength of Gaiman’s writing, generally).

One to read and enjoy again. Story-telling to aspire to.

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