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Title: PC713: Candy Canes, Comics, and Christmas
Post by: Ocicat on December 22, 2021, 09:15:58 PM
PodCastle 713 – Candy Canes, Comics, and Christmas (

Author: Gary McKay (
Narrator: Sarah McGowan (
Host: Shingai Njeri Kagunda (
Audio Producer: Peter Adrian Behravesh (

Originally published in Underneath the Tree: Twelve Christmas stories from Writers in Northern Ireland


Show Notes
Rated PG

I met Marlene atop Lily Hill on December 17th 1983, two weeks after my tenth birthday. The news of the Harrods bombing — the IRA’s crime against Christmas — was all the talk in Ballykey that afternoon, but I was too young to understand. I’d popped out to get some sweets and on a whim, decided to climb Lily Hill while the weather wasn’t awful. This was one of my favourite places to read superhero comics in peace — at home, Ma told me I was filling my head with nonsense and at school, both the boys and girls teased me. It’s grown in popularity in recent years as a tourist destination, but back then, not many people came to Lily Hill, which suited me just fine.

I didn’t realise someone was already there until I rounded the final bend of the hill. It was a girl with short, blonde hair, dressed in a jumper and skirt. A necklace with a series of stars on it hung from her neck. I paused and considered retreating, but she’d seen me. The girl waved and skipped over before I could move.

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