Back in the 1960s, many strange phenomena were reported. There was the Yeti, Bigfoot, and UFOs. But there was only one famous monster that was British – Nessie. And when I was eight we went on holiday to Scotland, which meant we had to go to Loch Ness. Unthinkable not to!
I remember our tiny car pulling up by the great, gray expanse of water. It was very quiet as I walked down to the lochside while my parents stayed in the car. I felt very alone looking out towards the black mountains on the other side.
And I got scared. The only sound was the gentle lapping of water, and all my childish enthusiasm drained away. I walked back to the car feigning casualness, all the while wanting to look back over my shoulder at the loch. That sense of being watched stayed with me.
Of course, dozens of expeditions have found no evidence for a Loch Ness Monster. And yet the place feels as if a creature not quite of this world must be present, lurking, biding its time.
If at night, I recall that brief visit, I feel the chill of the loch waters, and suspect that I am not alone. That’s why I decided that the final showdown of the Ouroboros series could only take place in and around those dark waters.
They are truly dark, by the way. Particles of soil washed into the loch limits visibility. Beneath the surface anything could be coming at you. And you’d never know until it was too late.
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Keeping it spooky,
David Longhorn and Team Scare Street