The Darkland Tales

Discover the Darkland Tales from Polygon today.

Polygon’s Darkland Tales see Scotland’s best writers re-imagining stories from the country’s history, myth and legend. This series reclaims history for a modern audience, with Scotland’s greatest contemporary novelists and storytellers taking on the challenge of producing Scottish history 2.0 – a redux of landmark moments from the past, viewed through a modern lens and alive to modern sensibilities.

While each book has a unique voice and distinctive individual identity, the Darkland Tales are united by their punky, anarchic and deliberately in-your-face aesthetic. These books are sharp, provocative and darkly comic, mining that seam of sedition and psychological drama that has always featured in the best of Scottish literature.

 ‘[the Darkland Tales] have already made their mark as essential reading’
The Skinny

‘By their abbreviated form, taut with tension, and the sheer novelty of their writing, these works refresh the idea of “historical fiction” beyond the conventions of the genre’
The National

‘I love the idea – drinking in historical fiction as a series of shots’
Katherine Faulkner, author of Greenwich Park

‘One of the most interesting developments in Scottish publishing’
The Scotsman

  • Paperback | Pub: 03 Feb 2022

    ‘a tour de force work of art’ – The Wall Street Journal, Best Books of the Year Longlisted for the 2022 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award It’s Saturday evening, 9 March 1566, and Mary, Queen of Scots, is six months pregnant….

  • Paperback | Pub: 06 Oct 2022

    A powerfully poignant tale of one of the most turbulent moments in Scotland’s history: the North Berwick Witch Trials. IT’S THE 4TH OF DECEMBER 1591. On this, the last night of her life, in a prison cell several floors below Edinburgh’s…

  • Hardback | Pub: 06 Apr 2023

    Shortlisted for The Winston Graham Historical Prize A battle lost. A daring escape. A long walk into obscurity. The ultimate failure… In the aftermath of the disastrous Battle of Culloden, a lonely figure takes flight with a small band of…

  • Hardback | Pub: 05 Oct 2023

    The Isle of Iona, 825. In a bloody, brutal raid, Abbot Blathmac is slain on the steps of his monastery for refusing to give away the location of the sacred relics of St Columba, the missionary who first brought Christianity to Scotland. Following a…