Feedback Friday, 250 words – Wintermask
About the book: It’s a YA fantasy novel with folk horror overtones, based on Austrian Myth and folklore, in which a boy and his friend have to go in search of another boy who’s been carried off to a kind of spirit Otherworld by a Krampus.
About the scene: MCs Andy and Karina, in search of their missing friend in the Otherworld, have been unmasked as human intruders and are put on trial by the Otherworld creatures.
No longer tied together, but with their hands still fettered behind their backs, Andy and Karina were pushed into a larger thatched building that seemed to stand right at the centre of the little settlement. Raucous noise enveloped them as soon as they entered. All along the rounded walls, staggered rows of benches held a whole host of creatures of all shapes and sizes. Horned creatures roared, little woody creatures rasped, haystack and straw creatures rustled. The loudest, however, were a group of beaked and aproned creatures, whose excited ‘Ga ga ga!’ was accompanied by the screeching and scratching of large scissors and shears, which they were snapping opened and closed in a menacing fashion. The sound they produced made Andy clench his teeth.
‘Silence!’ squawked a voice, backed by some vigorous hammering.
Andy and Karina turned around.
To the side of the entrance, another beaked creature was sitting behind a sturdy wooden desk, on which it was banging animatedly with a weathered gavel. Its beak, though no less long and pointy than those of the others, seemed to be made of leather rather than metal, and instead of a kerchief, a pair of thick, round goggles hid its eyes. On its head sat an almost preposterously flat hat with a round rim that would have looked comical had the rest of its appearance not been so sinister.
The leather beak kept hammering until, somewhat reluctantly, the noise in the audience died down.
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