I. E. Kneverday
Similar authors to follow
Manage your follows
About I. E. Kneverday
I. E. Kneverday is the creator of IrishMyths.com, where he writes about Irish and Celtic mythology.
An occasional fiction author and short story anthologist, he published Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy in 2018.
Kneverday graduated from McGill University with a degree in Humanistic Studies/World Religions.
His latest project: Celtic Pocket Guides. Check out book 1 of the series, Irish Myths in Your Pocket, available now.
Customers Also Bought Items By
Titles By I. E. Kneverday
You’ve heard of it. Indirectly, you’ve probably already celebrated it. And if you’re not from Ireland or Scotland, you’ve definitely mispronounced it: Samhain
Perhaps the most important holiday on the ancient Celtic calendar, Samhain marks the end of summer and the end of the pastoral year. It is a liminal time—a time when the forces of light and darkness, warmth and cold, growth and blight, are in conflict.
A time when the barrier between the land of the living and the land of the dead is at its thinnest.
A time when all manner of spirits and demons are wont to cross over from the Celtic Otherworld.
Or at least that’s according to Irish mythology and folklore.
And that’s exactly what you’ll find inside Samhain in Your Pocket: summaries and analyses of the Irish myths and folktales (as well as historical and archaeological evidence) upon which our current knowledge of Samhain is built.
What’s more, we’ll trace the origins of Samhain back to its (potentially) Gaulish roots, and explore how modern Halloween traditions evolved from ancient Celtic customs and rituals.
Cross over into a world where the mischievous gods, goddesses, monsters, and heroes of Celtic mythology live among us, intermingling with unsuspecting mortals and stirring up mayhem in cities and towns on both sides of the Atlantic, from Limerick and Edinburgh to Montreal and Boston.
A collection of seventeen short stories, Neon Druid mixes urban fantasy and Celtic mythology, creating a universe where lecherous leprechauns and debaucherous druids inhabit the local pubs, and where shapeshifting water spirits from Scotland and sword-wielding warriors from Ireland lurk in the alleyways.
The stories inside this anthology are independent narratives set within the urban centers and environs of this shared Celtic Otherworld. Some are tales of supernatural horror. Others are street-level fantasy adventures. And still others are farcical, whiskey-drenched fairy tales. Fans of Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and Maria Dahvana Headley (The Mere Wife) who enjoy seeing ancient stories and characters reimagined for modern times will feel right at home within the pages of Neon Druid. But rest assured, even if you’re unfamiliar with the (incredible) authors mentioned above, there’s still a good chance that you—or a friend, or coworker, or loved one, or mortal enemy—will be a good fit for Neon Druid.
Who Is NEON DRUID For?• Short story-lovers who are in the mood for an anthology that is (roughly) equal parts whimsical, supernatural, darkly humorous, and horrifying—but, ya know, in a good way.
• Folks who are interested in and/or have a passion for all things related to Celtic mythology (including Irish mythology, Scottish mythology, Welsh mythology, Cornish mythology, Manx mythology, & Breton mythology).
• Readers who are already fans of urban fantasy / urban mythic fantasy and are curious to see what Celtic mythology can bring to the genre. (Hint: Irish werewolves. And whiskey. And, for some reason, lots of axes. You’ll see.)
What Kinds of Mythological Beings Will I Meet in NEON DRUID?Inside Neon Druid, you will encounter an entire pantheon of monsters, spirits, & deities that have been pulled from the illuminated pages of Celtic mythology. These include, but are not limited to:
• Ankou: a personification of death in Breton mythology
• Banshee: a female spirit who warns of approaching death by shrieking or wailing
• Buggane: a shapeshifting ogre/troll native to the Isle of Man
• Cernunnos: horned god of the Celts, associated with fertility, life, animals, wealth, & the underworld
• Kelpie: a shapeshifting Scottish water spirit that often takes the form of a horse
• Morrigan: Irish goddess of war, fate, & death who often takes the form of a crow; sometimes described as a trio of sisters
• Ogma: Irish god of eloquence, literature, & language; credited with the invention of Ogham script
• Selkie: a Scottish water spirit that can transform from seal to human by shedding its skin
NEON DRUID Story ListDreams of Gold • Madison McSweeney
The Faoladh • Patrick Winters
The Flat Above the Wynd • Alexandra Brandt
Mari Lwyd • Jennifer Lee Rossman
Under Construction • Matthew Stevens
Jace and the Daoine Shi • Tom Howard
The Burning of
The perfect pocket-sized primer for grasping the basics of Irish mythology, including how it differs from Celtic mythology; its main heroes, gods, and monsters; and the many magical weapons wielded on its battlefields.
From the creator of IrishMyths.com and Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy comes the first book in a new nonfiction/mythological studies series: Celtic Pocket Guides. In Book 1, Irish Myths in Your Pocket, you'll explore the following:
- the rise of Irish mythology in popular culture (including in Game of Thrones)
- the difference between Irish and Celtic mythology
- distinguishing between Irish myths, legends, folktales, and fairytales
- 20 of the most powerful weapons from Irish mythology (including a sword that may have inspired Excalibur)
- Who is the Irish god of love?
- Who is the Irish god of music? (Trick question! There isn’t one…or is there?”
- Who would win in a fight: Cú Chulainn or Fionn mac Cumhaill?
40+ images, hundreds of fascinating facts about Irish mythology, and one Otherworld-shattering showdown between Ireland’s two greatest heroes. What more could a mythology enthusiast ask for?
What's that? A convenient and slightly whimsical 4-inch-by-6-inch paperback format, making it not just pocket-sized, but photograph-sized? (Remember photographs?)
You can literally keep this compendium of facts and theories about Irish mythology in your back pocket on St. Patrick’s Day and show your in-laws (and outlaws) that yes, you are an intellectual. Yes, you do read books.
Look, you’ve got a book* right here! Right in your back pocket. You’ve been walking around with it at this party like some sort of genius, like some sort of walking, talking, Irish mythology genius.
*Okay, yes, to be fair, Irish Myths in Your Pocket does have lots of pictures.
Stay tuned for the next installment in the Celtic Pocket Guides series: Samhain in Your Pocket.
HorrorTree.com is the free online resource for writers in the field of speculative fiction. As well as Trembling With Fear, you will find the latest industry submission calls, articles, and interviews. It is not to be missed!
Fans of Stephen King, H. G. Wells, and H. P. Lovecraft will feel right at home in this wickedly weird universe, which is brimming with ghosts, goblins, and drunks who go bump in the night.
An invisible nuisance plagues an Irish American household. A local reporter is held captive in an unfamiliar room from an unfamiliar era. A cult meeting is interrupted by a disheveled intruder. Over the decades, the residents of Woburn, Massachusetts have shrugged off a host of such unusual occurrences. But the truth is... there’s something wicked bubbling beneath the surface of their city.
Set in New England’s most mysterious city, Woburn, Massachusetts, located ten miles northwest of Boston, Chronicles takes the real history of this blue-collar community and methodically peels away the layers, revealing its sinister and supernatural underbelly.
Keep reading to learn more about the three supernatural tales you’ll find inside. But for those of you who enjoy bone-chilling, spine-tingling surprises, fair warning: This is a book best served with as little preamble as possible. To ensure an optimal reading experience, skip the rest of this description and grab your copy now.
I. The Little Ones
Ten-year-old Deirdre has grown accustomed to being blamed for all manner of mischief, much of which she is, admittedly, the source of. But when a series of false accusations begins piling up against her, she’ll enlist the help of her bookworm brother to reveal the identity of the real perpetrator.
Set in 1919, just after the end of the First World War, the opening story of The Woburn Chronicles will prove that terrible things can, indeed, come in small packages.
II. A Civil Mutation
Griff shouldn’t be locked up in this room. That much he knows for sure. But it’s not just his imprisonment that he finds baffling, it’s also the room’s 18th-century decor. (He could have sworn it was still 1979 when he left his apartment…)
As the details surrounding Griff’s captivity slowly fall into place, he’ll uncover a murderous plot that’s been decades in the making, and readers will finally understand why no one drinks the water in Woburn.
III. Beware the Witch’s Wood
Eight cloaked figures stand around a bonfire in a pine grove behind Horn Pond. Billy, the newest member of this nocturnal fraternity, is keen on making a good impression. Unfortunately, he’ll quickly become distracted by a mysterious female presence.
While set in 2009, the third and final tale of The Woburn Chronicles harkens back to a much older episode in New England’s history—an episode that wasn’t just confined to Salem.
In the Ireland of myth and legend, "spooky season" is every season. Spirits roam the countryside, hovering above the bogs. Werewolves lope through forests under full moons. Dragons lurk beneath the waves. Granted, there’s no denying that Samhain (Halloween’s Celtic predecessor) tends to bring out some of the island’s biggest, baddest monsters.
Prepare yourself for (educational) encounters with the following Irish cryptids, demons, ghouls, goblins, and other supernatural beings, many of whom have a connection to Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival celebrating death and the coming of winter and darkness:
- Aillén mac Midhna: fire-breathing monster from the Otherworld who would burn down the seat of the High King at Tara every Samhain
- The Daughters of Airitech: a trio of wolfwalkers who would leave their cave every Samhain to go hunting in the Irish countryside
- The púca (pooka): a mischievous, shapeshifting monster known for pranking travelers and drunk people; Samhain was his sacred day
- Balor of the Evil Eye: leader of the Fomorians (antagonists of the Tuath Dé Danann); he is a giant, one-eyed monster with a literal death-stare who was killed on Samhain by his grandson, the sun-god Lugh
And before you even ask, yes, there are pictures of these monsters (and many others) in the book. Of course, there are pictures. All of the “tiny little books” in the Celtic Pocket Guides series include illustrations, photographs, and other graphics, and they’re printed in color.
But I digress.
Here’s a full breakdown of what you’ll find inside Irish Monsters in Your Pocket:
- Chapter 1: Here Be Dragons: Five Kaiju-Sized Monsters From Irish Mythology
- Chapter 2: Walking With Werewolves: How Ireland’s Lycanthropic Lore Still Inspires Modern Storytellers
- Chapter 3: Abhartach Rising: Was Bram Stoker’s Dracula Inspired by a Celtic Chieftain-Turned-Vampire?
- Chapter 4: Banshee Begins: The Mythic Origins of Ireland’s Infamous Shrieking Spirit
- Chapter 5: Ride of the Dullahan: Did the Irish Headless Horseman Inspire the Legend of Sleepy Hollow?
- Chapter 6: They Might Be Giants: Ten Colossal Celts of Irish Myth & Legend
- Chapter 7: Who Is Balor of the Evil Eye? A Brief Biography of Irish Mythology’s ‘Big Bad’
- Chapter 8: Power of the Púca: How a Mischievous Little Monster Infiltrated Irish Folklore