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The Dark Spirit: Sinister Portraits from Celtic History

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You can keep your headless horsemen, your blood-dripping vampires, your things that go bump in the night. This collection of grim Celtic characters is sure to have you checking under the bed--twice. Among them, lurching out of the dark shadows of Celtic folklore, you'll meet the Black Sisters, who brought death wherever they went...the wolf of Badenoch, a blasphemous sorce ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 30th 2001 by Cassell
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Thomas
Nov 17, 2015 Thomas rated it it was amazing
it was good 10 years ago so it needs reread , but i very much enjoyed when i did its nice wee addition to my collection of folklore good or bad
Dark-Draco
Apr 06, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it
As with the first time I read this, I ended up feeling a bit disappointed. It's billed as 'Sinister Portraits from Celtic Folklore', which to me conjures up stories of Kelpies or Fairies, Dryads or Naids and other creatures of the old Celtic religion. Instead, we have stories concerning real people who lived in Wales, Scotland, Ireland or immigrated from these places to America.

The stories themselves are interesting, lots of ghost stories or ones about pacts with the devil. There is some cross-o
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Alix Amnamare
May 22, 2015 Alix Amnamare rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing read. It's a collection of dark tales from around the Celtic world, including the areas of America settled by Celtic immigrants. This was my first exposure to some of these stories, and each one is deftly told. If you want a nice little collection of eerie Celtic-rooted tales, read this.
James
Have you ever owned a book that you read once a year? That's this book for me. I've had my copy since its first release, and fourteen years later, I've already read it well over fourteen times. Each story is wonderfully unique—in that, I've not heard it retold over and over in other collections of folklore. The author's set up to each story provides a much needed background, allowing the reader to better appreciate the following tale. While some of the stories are "Celtic" (at least in aesthetic ...more
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BOB CURRAN is an educational psychologist in Coleraine University. His interests are broad-ranging but are focused especially on history and story. He has written several books, including The Field Guide to Irish Fairies, The Wolfhound Guide to the Shamrock, Creatures of Celtic Myth, The Truth about the Leprechaun.
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