Come on boys and ghouls! It's time to hop on Route 666 for a spooktacular Paranormal Road Trip.
This week's stop is Annwyn and our special guide is Shona Husk author of THE DARKLING LORD, the fourth novel in the Court of Annwyn paranormal romance series.
Shona's Top 5 Spooky Places in Annwyn
You might think that the land of the fairies across the veil is all sunshine and flowers…and it is most of the time (unless it’s in winter and you really don’t want to visit then as winter affects the fairies as well as the land).
1. The most creepy place in Annwyn has to be the river of the damned. Even the name is creepy. It is the river that encircles Annwyn, and where the souls that are beyond saving go to drown forever. The water also has a tendency to reach out and grab anyone who gets too close so don’t be tempted to see if there’s anyone you know in all those ghostly faces swirling beneath the surface.
2. Castle Annwyn is the ultimate treehouse. It is made of trees that have grown to form the amazing structure. And yes it is what humans would call haunted. Souls that need to do penance or fairies that are being punished become shadow servants. Faceless, shadowy figures that are there to do your bidding if you dare to ask.
3. Are libraries too quiet for you? Perhaps you prefer audio books? In Annwyn they have the singing stones. The entire history of Annwyn and fairy interaction with humans is recorded here. All you need is the patience to listen. Of course you don’t want to get so lost in the stories that you for get to eat and drink…
4. The parties that mark the old festivals (solstice, equinox etc) are something to behold. However if you are mortal you might want to avoid the food, the wine and also the dancing so you don’t get trapped in Annwyn forever. Probably best to avoid the party actually as they are really an opportunity for fairies to let go of the morals they pretend to have.
5. The gambling halls. Fairies love to gamble, but not with money. They trade information and favours (yes, including those favors) and souls. Fairies don’t have souls, so tricking humans out of them is very entertaining. The human is then beholden to the fairy. Gambling with a fairy is risky at best and deadly at worst.
While fairies are beautiful, and tempting and Annwyn seems like a beautiful place to visit any time of the year, my best recommendation is to stay firmly on the mortal side of the veil as once you cross over you may not come back.
Oh, and one final warning if you are still tempted by the allure of all things fairy. Time moves differently in Annwyn. You may think you have only been gone from the mortal a week only to find a decade has passed.
Thank you Shona for giving us such a haunting tour of Annwyn!
To learn more about Shona Husk and her books, please visit her website. You can add her Court of Annwyn series here on Goodreads.
What did you think of Shona's picks for spooky places?
Last week on Paranormal Road Trip we visited Krymzyn with B.C. Powell. Next week we'll be traveling to Temperance, Wyoming with Laura Bickle.
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if you dare!
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