Walking with Ghosts

One moment looking down at the half-buried bodies, then looking up to speak to their strangely uncommunicative guide. Just blackness, a ragged hole cut in it by the beam of the head torch, and sleety, swirling, lunatic parachutes of snow. No human shape. And looking back, two sets of tracks leading towards the following team, tracks already being softened round their edges. Two sets.

Walking with Ghosts is a collection of writings, all of which involve walking of some kind and many of them invoking ghostly presences or memories.

Alan J. Laing is a former English teacher who lives near Perth. In the last four years he has won three awards from Mountaineering Scotland for his fictional stories involving walking, climbing and mountains, as well as one award for poetry. Climbing and walking has been a lifelong hobby of his. Having climbed most of the Munros he has recently branched

out into long-distance trekking in the Italian Dolomites. His enjoyment of writing and walking have now combined to produce this anthology.

‘Whether it’s high drama, flight of fantasy or chuckling comedy, most of Alan’s writing relates to mountains and mountaineers, a world where he is completely at home.’

Neil Reid, Mountaineering Scotland

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