Black Merlin's Ring is the story of Myrddin-ddu, a sinister old house lost in the
depths of the Welsh mountains; it is also an affectionate satire upon the milieu
of Gothic novels and classic horror films. Its basic premise is that the illicit
appeal of these is a strong undercurrent of disturbing sexuality, whether the subtle
sensual eroticism of the Gothic Romance, the saucy salaciousness of a Halloween romp,
or the dark sadomasochism of the horror story. This premise is explored in three
'novellas', each parodying a different genre and featuring one of the three main
characters. Extracts from the diary of one of the characters link the individual
tales into a coherent narrative and round it off - as one might expect - with a twist
in the tail.
Humour is generated mainly by the 'what-if' device of assuming that the darkly melodramatic
worlds of Gothic literature could really exist, and the resulting culture clash when
this is encountered by young people from today's world. How would a computer literate,
feminist personal assistant cope with the macabre sentimentality of a Gothic romance?
How would her crime thriller obsessed fiancé react when confronted by a genuinely
hair-raising mystery? And how would the nerdy young man with a fascination for the
occult respond when his supernatural fantasies - and their terrors - prove to be
The fates of these three central characters - together with those of the suavely
malevolent master of Myrddin-ddu and his pathologically erotic niece - are gradually
interwoven into a ring of sensuality and evil: Black Merlin's Ring!