Some of the greatest stories, I believe, are myths and legends. It is amazing what entrancing magic draws you in, and although you are aware that it is not ‘real’, it still has the ability to capture you. I think one reason is that myths and legends are set in our world, and some have not been proven wrong – it gives that wonderfully creepy feeling that there is so much we don’t know.
I love studying mythology, it absolutely fascinates me and also provides excellent fodder for writing. I am familiar with most of the legendary creatures, but one I came across today is totally new to me – Ashrays. Ashrays
Scottish mythology tells us Ashrays, or Water Lovers, are completely translucent water creatures that are often mistaken for sea ghosts. They can be both male and female and can be found only under water. Being completely nocturnal, one would never come across such creatures during the day. When captured and exposed to sunlight ashrays supposedly melt and only a puddle of water remains.
I can just imagine this easily fitting into a wonderful fantasy novel, who knows, maybe my next novel will contain an Ashray or two.