Hunters Hunted by John Helfers
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Thomas, an American graduate student in Galway, Ireland, is reading a poetry book by Kipling when a young woman accidentally spills a lager over him. The young woman, Noba, quickly apologizes and the two spend the rest of the night talking. However, after closing Thomas doesn’t see where she goes and then spends months looking for her when finally she reappears and he chases after her one night as it’s getting really foggy. However when he reaches Noba, she’s different and she admits her full name is Abnoba a goddess of nature. Suddenly a pack of dogs arrives as well as a tall, horned individual that Abnoba identifies as Arawn, a god of the hunt. Finding himself as part of a hunting game between gods, Thomas is transformed into a stag by Abnoba to survive but after a while turns to face the pack only to find himself getting slobbered on by some happy dogs who had fun chasing him. Arawn leaves and Abnoba and Thomas spend the rest of the night running around as mystical deer before she leaves.
This was a really good story that I didn’t have a problem with until I found out that the deities were in fact Gaulish and Welsh not Irish, which caused me to downgrade the story .5 of a star.