My 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.