Here today, from that old devil, Boston-based author Michael C. Keith, in a totally un-Christmassy mood, is a wicked wee piece in which they all receive Their Just Deserves.
Sometimes we come across a piece of writing that’s so inspired we’re compelled to go out of our way to publish it.
Such is the case with today’s story, The Hanging of Harry Polwart, a fascinating and often hilarious account of an eighteenth century public execution, Galloway-style. Excerpted from the novel, The Dark o’ the Moon, by the influential Scottish author, S. R. Crockett, it has been reproduced by McStorytellers with the kind permission of Cally Phillips of Ayton Publishing, who single-handedly is bringing about a renaissance of Crockett’s work.
So please sit back, read the story and enjoy Crockett’s gallows humour. Then click on the links below the story to find out much more about this wonderful but long-neglected writer.
Strange things can occur at night in the city of Glasgow. Here’s the spooky tale of one such incident from some time ago. It’s called Two Wee Men. And it comes from the pen of Dundee-born writer Keith Coleman, who makes a very welcome return to McStorytellers.
Here’s a wee Sunday teatime treat from McStorytellers.
What happens when the daughter of an old Irish Rebel forces her teenage son outside to confront a modern-day rebel, a knife-wielding one? Find out in Red Leather Slippers, the latest domestic drama from the pen of Mister McStoryteller, Brendan Gisby.
Here’s a wee Thursday treat as our resident American McStoryteller, Albany-born Michael C. Keith, digs into his memoirs again and takes us back to downtown San Francisco in the early Sixties.
Down That Old Bumpy Memory Lane is a beautifully written tale of despair tinged with hope. Enjoy it.
Here for your midweek entertainment is a double-bill of stories about black holes by science buff and regular McStoryteller, Alasdair McPherson.
In the sci-fi piece, The Next Big Bang, there’s news of a major Scottish breakthrough in quantum physics.
Then there’s a black hole of an entirely different kind – a politically incorrect Scotsman’s discourse, in the vernacular, on the subject of Women’s Football.
Yes, it’s a glad day for McStorytellers as we celebrate the publication of our 36th McKindle. Called Everywhere & Other Stories, it’s a collection of superb long and short stories by Glaswegian writer and regular McStoryteller John McGroarty.
Appropriately enough, John has chosen William Blake’s Glad Day as the backdrop for the collection’s cover. For the introduction to the collection, he has also picked out a wonderful Samuel Beckett quotation that sums up his own writing psyche. And oh, yes, there’s a foreword by Mister McStoryteller himself, Brendan Gisby, which is reproduced here:
“To state simply that this volume is a collection of stories by the Glaswegian writer John McGroarty would do little justice to either the stories or their author. For what is on offer here is a treasure trove of remarkable stories penned over many years by a remarkable writer.
We agree, of course. Everywhere & Other Stories really is a remarkable collection by a remarkable writer. And we’re dead proud to have published it on John’s behalf.
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Brendan Gisby is McStoryteller-in-Residence. He's the author of four novels, three biographies and several short story collections.