Edited by Hal Duncan and Chris Kelso.
Glaikit, mockit, droukit, drouthy, couthy, scunner, thrawn – the Scots language is rich with words too gallus not to glory in, dialect terms that deserve better than to be boxed away as precious oddities. Here we've collected some of the strangest writers of Scottish descent to bring these terms to life - that's Scottish by heritage or residence, adoption or initiation...
- Sweeter Than, Neil Williamson
- Maw, Wendy Muzlanova
- Maukit, Brian Milton
- Fallen Through a Giant's Eyes, T. J. Berg
- Newayr, Douglas Thompson
- The Bouk Puppie Show, Preston Grassman
- The Laird of Nagasaki, Tom Bradley
- Palais 1930, Rob McClure Smith
- The Losers, Angus McAllister
- Drive the Warlike Angles into the Sea!!!, Nick Mamatas
- Widows in the World, Gavin Grant
- I am not (), Phil Raines
- Studying Honeybloods with the Queen of Exotica, Kirsty Logan
- Mary, Thomas and Joe, Stravaigin, David McGroarty
- For Your Guising, Gio Clairval
- Nae Greeance o' Bane, Tim Jarvis
- Bowfin Island, Anna Tambour
Hal Duncan is a Scottish science fiction and fantasy writer based in Glasgow. A graduate of Glasgow University, his first book, Vellum, about a war between heaven and hell, was released in 2005. It has since been translated into several other languages and nominated to the World Fantasy Award and Locus Award. Ink, the follow up, was released in 2007.
Picture: Hal Duncan in Polcon 2007. Photo by Szymon Sokół. Source: Wikimedia Commons.