My May Day themed short story with paranormal overtones set in the 1920s *pause for breath* Jack in the Green, is due out in its 2nd edition from JMS Books on 3rd May 2015, and the lovely Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos is offering a chance to win a copy. Just leave a comment on the giveaway post to be in with a chance! Good luck!
Jack in the Green
Stranded in a remote country village in 1920s England by his car breaking down, shy young Arthur finds himself drawn to the rough mechanic who comes to his aid, Bob Goodman. Forced to stay until the May Day holiday is over, Arthur makes the best of it, enjoying the village procession and fete.
But the villagers seem to know more about him than they should, and there’s a second, darker, May celebration that starts when the sun’s gone down. In the drunken revelry that follows, Arthur is whisked off in a wild dance by Goodman, who plays the part of Jack in the Green, the spirit of the greenwood.
Dancing turns to loving, but is everything what it seems? And is one night all Arthur can have?
Note: this short story (approx. 7,500 words) was previously published as The Green Man but has been out of print for some time. It’s been fully revised and re-edited (and has an eerie new cover!) but is substantially the same story as that previously available.