I read this one a while ago but didn’t review it because its Smashwords edition was pulled by Meikle.
However, it will be re-released by Unnevering on February 20, 2019.
Review: The Auld Mither, William Meikle, 2017.
Let’s get some things out of the way right away.
Meikle’s S Squad isn’t going to show up and save anybody from the bloodbath in this novella. None of the Seton clan swoops in to explain what’s going on. There’s not a Meikle’s Sigils and Totems house where the dead can be seen again.
This is a compelling horror story of the old school blending folklore, family drama, and a police procedural.
The story opens with George Duncan making a desperate pitch at a board meeting, trying to make the “country hicks” of “this small town on the edge of the Highlands” realize that the future of their community lies in modernizing his slaughterhouse that processes deer from a farm. Things get heated with George swearing at the board to shock them out of their complacency.
Then things get really bad when someone shows up and kills everybody at the meeting, dismembering their bodies into butcher cuts. There’s a grim bit of humor at the end of the scene with blood running down a screen showing a slide saying “ABBATOIR: PROPOSED ENLARGEMENT”. Continue reading “The Auld Mither”