Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Hallowe'en

Hee hee hee. I know I used this last year, but it's too good to waste. (My author photo always reminds me of the wicked witch of the west.) I'm all set for the night. The porch has candles lit, a ghost hanging in the window, and a scary figure sitting in the chair holding the chocolate bars, lollipops, and bowl of coins that I throw into bags. Already got two customers. Later my friend Jenny is popping over and we are heading out to view the bonfires and the fireworks that mark OĆ­che Shamhna (The Eve of Samhain) over here. More on my Book Blog as this is a very special Celtic Festival. In fact, it's New Year's Eve and a time when the world of Faerie (also the Land of the Dead) crosses with our world.

9 comments:

Giggles said...

I unfortunately only had 15 trick or treaters. :( We were hoping for more. Oh and do you do book readings in the US??

Anonymous said...

Ms. Melling,

Happy belated Halloween!

I know that this is "off-topic" for Halloween, but I wanted to make sure that you would see this post. :)

Last night I finished reading The Hunter's Moon. (Actually, it was really today considering that it was at 2 or 3 AM...) It is really an amazing book that was impossible to put down. From the storyline to the description, it is absolutely ENCHANTING. It definitely makes me curious about Ireland. I want to visit the places in the book...or do I? LOL.

However, I did have a question for you about something toward the end of the book...about the religious significance.

"Oh God, I hope he isn't who I think he is," Katie muttered. "I haven't been to Mass in ages." (And the description of Crom Cruac by Finvarra directly before that)
-p. 227

"His aspect was neither good nor evil. He gazed down with the disinterest of the universe itself."
-p. 247

When I originally read p. 247, I was under the impression that Crom Cruac was the Devil. Yet, after reading further, and after examining the glossary (suileach, p. 269), I wondered if that was your intent. Was that simply what Katie thought Crom Cruac was originally? Or did she simply mean that Crom Cruac was some evil creature or demon, not specifically the Devil himself?

As for that last quote, describing Cruac...indifference to others' suffering may very well be defined as "evil". Thus, by calling Cruac neither "good" nor "evil," that almost seems to increase his evil "aspect". However, perhaps I'm reading too much into that. Did you simply mean that he was not good or evil? Or that his CURRENT gaze did not show any particular evilness or goodness?

LOL, I'm probably reading way too much into this, but I was curious. :) Obviously the Devil is evil...and even Cruac, from what he's done, seems to be evil to me.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this!

Gina, an Italian-Irish-American

Anonymous said...

I said, "When I originally read p. 247, I was under the impression that Crom Cruac was the Devil."

Typo...that should be p. 227. Sorry.

-Gina

OR Melling said...

Yes, I do readings in the US when I am on tour. Not sure when the next one will be. I'll be in San Antonio Texas in two weeks, for a conference of teachers.

OR Melling said...

Hi Gina, I wouldn't say Crom Cruach was the devil. I don't believe in the devil in the Christian sense (which is often, to my mind a kind of blasphemy as he seems to be set up as an equal to God.)I see evil as a human thing, not a supernatural one. But, yes, Katie - being an Irish Catholic - does think he might be the devil. I see Crom Cruach as Fate - an apparently impersonal and disinterested force in the universe (I say apparently because we know so little about these things). Fate often appears 'evil' to us as we suffer from it - tragic accidents, diseases, untimely death and so on. I suppose that is the difference between my stories and most fantasies. I do not believe in a simplistic division of good and evil. Even the 'simple truth' is more complicated.

OR Melling said...

Oh and thank you for your lovely comments and thought-provoking questions!

Anonymous said...

Or is it that the most complicated things are often the simplest?

-Gina

Anonymous said...

No problem! :) Thanks for the reply.

-Gina

Anonymous said...

Gina,

I dont think that crom cruac is the devil. read this. he is something but i don't think devil describes it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crom_Cruach