My Favourite Monsters A-Z – Banshee

October 4, 2012 at 1:30 am (horror, Magic University, writing) (, , , , , )

I consider the banshee a classic. A different kind of death omen than the Ankou and Irish in origin (I have Irish blood in me too), the banshee warned of impending death with its piercing wail. A form of undead, and supposedly the ghost of a female Sidhe (an Irish elf/fairyfolk – pronounced “shee”,) her haunting moan would predict someone’s doom. I chose to make reference to this monster in Magic University:

“After the phantom enemy had moved on, Shetland recoiled backwards, clutching at the wall. He glanced down at his device and was surprised to see only nine of the lights extinguished. He had managed to avoid some of the damage.

So focused was he on this minor victory that he failed to notice the creature solidifying before him. He only became aware of the horrific monster’s presence as the banshee actually screamed. The sound startled Shetland to attention. He screamed as well, bolting a few feet back down the tunnel before recovering his senses. He checked his scorekeeper. Only twenty-six lights remained.

Shetland was breathing heavily as he rounded the corner into the next section. He groaned, wishing he did not have to endure the remainder of the Trial to pursue his goal.”

And here above you’ll see my interpretation of this scary screamer.

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