The Norsemen were famous for it, the Romans accused the Celts of it, and it seems our Irish ancestors were capable of it too: the strange phenomenon known as the ‘battle frenzy’. Cuchullain’s battle frenzy was known in Irish as the riastradh, now translated as ‘contortion/ convulsion’, but thought to have originally referred to ‘the red rage of battle’ in ancient times.
Cold crow, black crow sits in the tree. I’m not afraid of him, he’s not afraid of me. * He flaps and he watches with dark beady eye. He knows things about me as I stumble by. *… Read More
Ali’s Flash – A selection of flash fiction from a collection I’ve been working on. Rusty “I’ve sorted it,” you say, flinging yourself down on the seat beside me as the engine revs, and the ancient school bus… Read More