HORLA CHRISTMAS FICTION
Our wintry tales for the festive season begin with…
A SHINING BEACON
by MATTHEW G. REES
THE small town of Skelmere Junction, in the English North Country, isn’t easily come upon, particularly since the closure of its railway connection. Its Christmas illuminations are perhaps now its claim to fame (if that’s the word: some might favour another).
If yours is a wandering nature it’s possible that, one evening, you might find yourself entering Skelmere’s still-pretty squares and straying down its narrow ways, thereby witnessing the aura of those hanging lanterns in person. For the present, what follows, as far as the events are known, is an account of how those lights – ‘curious’ is an adjective some have used – came into being. Or maybe that last word should be… beings.
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