Celticsprite’s Blog


The Tempestuous History of the Celtic Harp
August 28, 2013, 2:59 am
Filed under: Celtic Harp

I am flattered to share with you some good news!…The famous harpist Anne Roos, has recently featured a passage from one of my bestselling works: “The Celtic Harp” eBook, on her awesome Celtic Harp Music blogsite.


Anne Roos is considered at the top of her field as a Celtic Harpist. She is a many-faceted performer who excels as a soloist in concert, as well as with her ensemble, with her years of experience and extensive music list. 

Her recorded music has aired internationally and has been described as “lovely” and “enchanting”. Anne’s CD projects demonstrate quality musicianship and versatility. Anne’s albums are unique–Her recent releases are actually little books with CDs tucked neatly into the back page. Anne is also a published author and considered a wedding authority with her two books, “The Bride’s Guide to Musicians: Live Wedding Music Made Easy and Affordable” and “The Musician’s Guide to Brides”, both published by Hal Leonard Books.

Feel free to join her Celtic Club and you’ll get a special password to a page where you can download a free mp3 of a traditional Celtic tune that I recorded on solo Celtic Harp especially for this website. A new download will be posted every other month or so, along with notes about the tune.



Celtic Poems: My Heart’s In The Highlands
August 26, 2013, 5:24 pm
Filed under: Celtic Poems

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.

Farewell to the mountains high covered with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go. 

(c) Robert Burns (1759-1796)


Mi Nuevo Ebook : "El Libro de Arcilla" ahora disponible para Descarga Gratuita
August 19, 2013, 11:27 pm
Filed under: Celtic Ebooks

Me complace compartir con Uds mi Nuevo Ebook “El Libro de Arcilla” ahora disponible para Descarga Gratuita desde mi sitio en SMASHWORDS.

Con motivo de cumplirse 76 añ0s de la partida del celebrado creador del terror cósmico materialista Howard Phillips Lovecraft, y a 32 años de la primer edición de mi relato breve “El Libro de Arcilla” en la Revista Literaria “Nuevas Letras”, me pareció oportuno compartirlo con Uds en formato electrónico en dos versiones, tanto en español como en inglés.

Eran tiempos en que mis interrogantes de juventud se debatían entre lo real y lo desconocido, en los misterios ocultos latentes en las creencias místicas. Por aquellos días, la literatura y la mitología eran mi canal de experimentación y a la vez de descubrimiento. Los relatos de suspenso y de horror eran mis predilectos y como tantos otros lectores comencé devorando páginas y páginas de autores como Edgar Alan Poe , Arthur Macken, y Lord Dunsany, sin pasar por alto la novela de fantasmas góticos de la genial Ann Radcliffe.
Mientras sumaba otros tantos volúmenes de literatura medieval, y en especial del romancero Artúrico, comencé a descubrir un nuevo género el de la “fantasía heroica” gracias a un cuento de Robert E Howard (Creador de la saga de Conan el Bárbaro) que aparecía en una antología de varios autores que habían publicado en la prestigiosa revista Weird Tales.  Lo mágico y lo épico, lo mitológico y lo fantástico, lo antiguo y lo medieval, se daban cita en este género que comenzó por atraparme. Robert E Howard tenía una prosa increíble y leyendo un día una de sus biografías descubro el nombre de H.P.Lovecraft quien era su gran amigo, y luego todo el Círculo de Escritores que supieron mantener viva la cosmogonía diseñada por él en los Mitos de Cthulu, lo que el mismo Lovecraft calificaría como una pseudomitología, la cual nunca fue sistematizada, pero sí recreada por uno de sus seguidores, August Derleth.
Podríamos decir que sus historias transcurren en un espacio temporal, que es el conocido por nosotros, pero en verdad el caos irrumpe desde una dimensión cuántica y cuando esto acontece se desata el delirio de lo impredecible. Aquí el escritor supo desarrollar todo su potencial en un perfecto manejo del llamado Caos: “esa incapacidad del hombre de atender a todos los eventos de un espacio concreto y en un instante determinado, teniendo que asumir los conceptos de azar, indeterminado, aleatorio, incertidumbre… en oposición al orden o a una posible ratio o logos.”
Lo que siempre me ha maravillado de Lovecraft y su género, es el modo en que bucea en los arquetipos colectivos, amalgamando los mitos con terrores más reales, aquí ya no hay más fantasmas sino divinidades primigenias de dimensiones ajenas a nuestro cosmos y que luchan por aferrarse a este mundo.
“El Libro de Arcilla” es mi primer relato influenciado por esta corriente que me gusta denominar “fantasía neo-terrorífica” y muy emparentado a los Mitos de Chtulu ideados por H.P.Lovecraft. Enrolado ya en esta corriente literaria escribí muchos más que habré de compartir con Uds a modo de Antología en una futura entrega.
Los dejo ahora con los personajes y la compañía de un Yo omnisciente que sin desearlo comienza a figurarse que su mundo ha dejado de ser lo normal que era antes.


My New Ebook: "The Clay Book" is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD
August 19, 2013, 11:15 pm
Filed under: Celtic Ebooks
I am glad to share with you my new Ebook  “The Clay Book” which is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD at SMASHWORDS.


Celebrating the 76th anniversary of the departure of the celebrated “cosmic horror” American author Howard Phillips Lovecraft, and on the 32th of the first edition of my short story “The Book of Clay” on the Literary Magazine “New Writings”, I thought it was appropriate to share it with you on eBook format, both in Spanish and English versions.

These were times when my questions of youth were torn between the real and the unknown, into the hidden mysteries and latent mystical beliefs. In those days, literature and mythology were both my channels of experimentation and discovery. The stories of suspense and horror were my favorite ones , and like many other readers I began devouring reams of authors such as Edgar Alan Poe, Arthur Macken, and Lord Dunsany, without neglecting the cute gothic ghost stories by Ann Radcliffe.

While enlisting many medieval literature volumes, specially of Arthurian romances, I began to discover a new genre, that of “heroic fantasy”, thanks to a story by Robert E Howard (creator of the “Conan the Barbarian” saga) published on an anthology of several authors who were featured on the Weird Tales magazine. The magic and the epic, the mythology and the fantasy, the ancient and the medieval, were present in this genre I began to discover. Robert E Howard had an incredible prose, and reading one day one of his biographies I discover the name of HP Lovecraft who was his close friend; discovering some months laters the works of all the Writers Circle who kept the cosmogony designed by him in the Cthulu Mythos, rated as a pseudomithology by Lovecraft himself, which was never systematized, but recreated by one of his followers, August Derleth.

We could say that his stories take place in a temporary space, which is known to us, but in truth the chaos erupts from a quantum dimension and when this happens it breaks the delirium of the unpredictable. Thus the writer develops his full potential in a perfect handling of Chaos : “the inability of a man to attend all events of a specific space at a given time, bearing the concepts of random, obscure, random, uncertainty … in opposition to the order of a ratio or logos as possible. “

What amazed me most about Lovecraft and his gender, is the way he delves into the collective archetypes, the way myths amalgamae with real terrors. We can perceive there are no more ghosts but primordial gods of dimensions beyond our cosmos and fighting for clinging to this ordinary world.

“The Book of Clay” is my first short story influenced by this genre I like to call “neo-terrifying fantasy”, focusing in the Myths of Chulhu devised by H.P.Lovecraft. Enrolled in this literary movement I wrote afterwards many more stories that I will be  sharing with you as an anthology in a future issue.

I leave you now with the characters and the company of an omniscient storyteller who unwittingly begins to acknowledge that his world has stopped from being as normal as it used to be.