My May Day themed historical short story with paranormal overtones Jack in the Green, is out today in its 2nd edition.
It’ll be available exclusively from JMS Books (and at a 20% discount) for one week, then at all major e-tailers on May 10th.
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 (because I’m bad at getting around to things). It’s been fully revised and re-edited (and has an eerie new cover!) but is substantially the same story as that previously available.