Lawyer’s Wig and Tippler’s Bane / Heroes and Villains

P1000657My brother and I are working on a mystery novel Fathers in the Moor about two foragers who sometimes provide security services to those in danger. This book mostly takes place on the Isle of Skye where I did some hiking two years ago. (Who recognizes Rubha Hunish above?)

We recently edited Chapter 20 where Fergus collects edible mushrooms while pointing out their deadly cousins to Mike, his niece, and the poet they’re protecting. I love the names of the good ones and their evil twins: fairy ring champignon and Fool’s Funnel, chanterelles and webcap, puffballs and Destroying Angel, Lawyer’s Wig and Common Inkcap (tippler’s bane).

In M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Unbreakable, Elijah Price (played by Samuel L Jackson) says: “In a comic, you know how you can tell who the arch-villain’s going to be? He’s the exact opposite of the hero.”

Nature teaches us that it can be difficult to see the difference between good and deadly. Fathers in the Moor is about unlikely heroes and a villain hiding in plain sight.

About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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4 Responses to Lawyer’s Wig and Tippler’s Bane / Heroes and Villains

  1. dayya says:

    Excellent! d:)

  2. Beautiful picture and an interesting topic. Good luck with your mystery!

  3. Rebecca Lang says:

    I really like the mushroom analogy for heroes/ villains. It’s a very clear image. Your book sounds interesting. But I have no idea where the Isle of Skye is. Ireland?

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