Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Hunter, Mollie

Pseudonym of Scottish writer Maureen Mollie McIlwraith (1922-2012), who specializes in both YA and Children's Fantasy. She began with Patrick Kentigen Keenan (1963 chap; vt The Smartest Man in Ireland 1965 chap US), illustrated by Charles Keeping: the Trickster hero tries to cheat the Fairies and always gets his comeuppance. Other work of interest, often featuring a human interacting with a denizen of Faerie, includes: The Kelpie's Pearls (1964), a Celtic Fantasy whose heroine helps the eponymous water sprite; Thomas and the Warlock (1967), whose hero traps a warlock who then kidnaps his wife; The Ferlie (1968), similarly constructed; and The Haunted Mountain: A Story of Suspense (1972), whose hero has offended the fairies. The Bodach (1970; vt The Walking Stones: A Story of Suspense 1970 US) more interestingly features a young hero who learns how to Magic the eponymous Stones into departing an area about to be drowned by a dam-created lake. Later work includes A Stranger Came Ashore (1975), in which a good Wizard opposes an ominous Selkie, and The Mermaid Summer (1988), whose female protagonist similarly fights off the intrusion of a Mermaid. [JC]

other works: The Thirteen Member (1971); A Sound of Chariots (1972); The Stronghold (1974); The Wicked One (1977); A Furl of Fairy Wind: Four Stories (coll 1977 chap) for younger readers; The Third Eye (1979 US); The Knight of the Golden Plain (1983 chap) and its sequel, The Three Day Enchantment (1985 chap), both for younger readers.

Maureen Mollie McIlwraith


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.