There’s not enough hours in the day!

The research for ‘Haunted Kirkcaldy’ has been taking up all of my time recently so things like the blog had to take a back seat for a while! I have found some great information for the book though and am really happy with the way it is coming together.

As part of the research, I have started to build a fairly extensive collection of old folklore and ghost story books from Scotland and got some strange looks while on a recent holiday from everyone sitting round the pool with their Kindles while I sat there with a dusty old 60 year old ghost story book!! As well as coming up with some great information for the ‘Haunted Kirkcaldy’ book, I have a number of references for the mythology book I am also planning. One character seems to crop up on a fairly regular basis in these tales, none other than the Devil himself! I find the number of times the Devil is mentioned quite interesting, Scotland is, in world terms, a relatively small country yet the Devil seems to have spent a lot of time here! There is no doubt that the country has a long, mysterious past. This past was sometimes violent, with invasions from the Romans, the Vikings and the English, to name a few, leading to many bloody battles. There has also been many internal wars, as the separate kingdoms that once made up Scotland fought for supremacy and control over all of the lands. All of these conflicts have without a doubt helped forge the country as it is today with it’s proud people but it also got me thinking, is this dark past the reason many believe that the Devil was a regular visitor throughout it’s history?

Needless to say, I am now gathering a collection of stories relating to the Devil in Scotland, and the ideas for yet another book are forming.     

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