The Hole of Horcum lies just outside Whitby - spiritual home of the Goth nation.
Panarama by "Devils punchbowl north yorkshire" by AdamJennison111 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -
According to Wikipedia: - The Hole was actually created by a process called spring-sapping, where water welling up from the hillside gradually undermined the slopes above, eating the rocks away grain by grain. Over thousands of years, a once narrow valley widened and deepened into an enormous cauldron – and the process still continues today.
Boring.I much prefer that the Giant Wade got into an argument with his wife, scooped up a handful of earth, and flung it at her.
Charming man. Still, I was curious. Who is this Wade? And my, did he have big hands.
He and his wife, Bel, had a reputation for being the good guys around Whitby. Poor Bel had to cross the moor to milk her cow every day. Personally, I’d have just moved the cow nearer home, but Wade and Bel decided to make a road. Back in the 20th Century, archeologists decided the road was really Roman, but now some think it predates the Roman occupation.
"Wade's Causeway" by Paul Allison. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons -
Here’s the bit I love. In Norse mythology, the giant Wade’s father was King Vilkinus and a mermaid. He had a strong affinity to the sea, but he apprenticed his son, Wayland to two blacksmiths. The boy became Wayland the Smith.
Nothing unusual there. But…
Britain’s oldest road, The Ridgeway runs from Wiltshire to the Berkshire Downs. For over five thousand years, man has walked this trackway. It passes hillforts, stone circles and carved white horses. And get this, it goes past the long barrow known as Wayland’s Smithy.
Smithy Long barrow" by Msemmett - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -
How odd that another ancient track is linked with the giant, Wade and his son Wayland.
See, to misquote the A team, I love it when legends come together.
So, what’s my interest in the Hole of Horcum? Well... My book Curse of the Fae King is set in Yorkshire, and the bad guys run Meena and the Fae King off the road and into the hole. That's when the gun battle ensues. Talk about an all action adventure. There’s Witches, Fae, dragons and vampires. And did I mention scorching hot sex?
About Curse of the Fae King
eonidas’s nightmare: when he inherited the Fae throne, he inherited the curse a witch cast on his bloodline. No wonder he hates witches. His dirty secret: if he doesn’t bed a different woman every month he’ll turn feral – and he’s bored to death with mindless sex.
When he hunts down his escaped war dragon, his enemies trap him on earth and strip his powers. His month’s almost up and if he doesn’t bed someone soon, his beast will rise.
Meena’s dream: to be good at something. Anything. Even sticking to a diet. Her secret: she’s a failed witch masquerading as human. She accidentally bonds with Leonidas’s escaped dragon. Sparks fly when he wants it back.
Plunged into a world of stuck-up Fae, evil elves, and high-adventure they must solve a twenty-two year-old mystery. Along the way, they tumble into bed, and lust leads, unexpectedly, to love. When Leonidas’s curse kicks in again, he’ll have to abandon Meena and bed another. Is their love strong enough to survive their secrets and break the ancient curse?