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By Neil Gaiman

The Monarch of the Glen is determined within the universe of American Gods.

Shadow reveals himself in Scotland, employed to bodyguard a celebration opposed to gatecrashers, by means of a bit general practitioner who calls him a monster and tells him, “I am whatever of a monster myself. Like calls to love. we're all monsters, are we now not? wonderful monsters, shambling in the course of the swamps of unreason . . . “

‘The Monarch of the Glen’ is billed as “an American Gods novella”.

For my cash it’s greater conceptualised as a longer epilogue to ‘American Gods’... As in its guardian novel, ‘The Monarch of the Glen’ gains gods and monsters, myths and legends, all in mundane guises.
- SteelyPips

Published as a part of StoryBundle #14 - Truly Epic Fantasy

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Carry us again or allow us to pass. ” Shadow acknowledged, “I don’t know the way. ” At that, the boys at the deck started to wail and howl. a few of them crashed the hafts in their spears opposed to the deck, others struck the residences in their brief swords opposed to the brass bowls on the middle in their leather-based shields, establishing a rhythmic din observed via cries that moved from sorrow to a full-throated berserker ululation . . . A seagull was once screaming within the early-morning air. The bed room window had blown open within the evening, and was once banging within the wind. Shadow was once mendacity at the most sensible of his mattress in his slim inn room. His dermis used to be damp, probably with sweat. one other chilly day on the finish of the summer time had all started. The inn packed him a Tupperware field containing numerous chook sandwiches, a troublesome- boiled egg, a small packet of cheese-and-onion crisps, and an apple. Gordon at the reception table, who passed him the field, requested while he’d be again, explaining that if he used to be greater than a few hours past due they’d name out the rescue companies, and inquiring for the variety of Shadow’s cellular phone. Shadow didn't have a cell phone. He trigger at the stroll, heading towards the coast. It was once attractive, with a desolate attractiveness that chimed and echoed with the empty locations inside of Shadow. He had imagined Scotland as being a delicate position, all mild heathery hills, yet the following at the North Coast every little thing appeared sharp and jutting, even the grey clouds that scudded around the light blue sky. He the direction in his publication, throughout scrubby meadows and previous barns, up rocky hills and down. occasionally he imagined that he was once status nonetheless and the area used to be relocating beneath him, that he was once easily pushing it prior together with his legs. The path used to be extra tiring than he had anticipated. He had deliberate to consume at one o’clock, yet by way of noon his legs have been drained and he sought after a holiday. He his route to the aspect of a hill, the place a boulder supplied a handy windbreak, and he crouched to consume his lunch. within the distance, prior to him, he may see the Atlantic. He had inspiration himself by myself. She stated, “Will you provide me your apple? ” It was once Jennie, the barmaid from the lodge. Her too-fair hair gusted approximately her head. “Hello, Jennie,” acknowledged Shadow. He handed her his apple. She pulled a clasp-knife from the pocket of her brown coat, and sat beside him. “Thanks,” she stated. “So,” acknowledged Shadow, “from your accessory, you want to have come from Norway in case you have been a child. I suggest, you sound like an area to me. ” “Did I say that I got here from Norway? ” “Well, didn’t you? ” She speared an apple slice, and ate it, rigorously, from the end of the knife blade, merely touching it together with her tooth. She glanced at him. “It used to be many years in the past. ” “Family? ” She moved her shoulders in a shrug, as though any resolution she may supply him was once underneath her. “So you're keen on it the following? ” She checked out him and shook her head. “I consider like a hulder. ” He’d heard of the observe sooner than, in Norway. “Aren’t they a type of troll? ” “No. they're mountain creatures, just like the trolls, yet they arrive from the woods, and they're very attractive.

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