Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Scott, Allan

(1952-    ) UK writer (half-Danish) whose first novel was The Ice King (1986 vt Burial Rites 1987 US) with Michael Scott Rohan, published as by Michael Scot. This mingles Nordic Fantasy with routine Horror as a modern archaeological team's explorations of a sunken Viking ship off the Yorkshire coast release draugar – Icelandic undead, resembling both Vampires and Zombies, who can recruit new draugar from their kills and summon the Fimbulwinter. AS's solo The Dragon in the Stone (1991) is a more distinguished novel, again exploring Nordic themes: light and savagely dark Elves (who attack via Possession), a Portal leading from modern Denmark through an Otherworld and across Time, a version of Beowulf's fight with Grendel made darker by the fact that this Grendel is a needed Guardian of the Threshold and was once human (> Transformation), and the fatalistic sense of coming Ragnarok. Eventually, at high cost, a complex knot in time satisfyingly emerges. A Spell of Empire: The Horns of Tartarus (1992) with Rohan, originally plotted as a Game tie, offers an interesting but underexploited Alternate-World setting with a German/Scandinavian/Hun "Nibelung Empire"; the action alternates between lighthearted swashbuckling and encounters with Chaos-tainted Monsters; a sequel may follow. [DRL]

other works: The Hammer and the Cross (1980) with Rohan, nonfiction on the Christianization of the Vikings.

Allan James Julius Scott

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