In Vaikusemaa on the northern shore of lake Mustavega lies the Forest of Pimedusamets, which, even in the endless days of summer, is in constant darkness. There exist mystic beings, known to the sparse community as Tantsivad Mehed, or Dancing Men.

On the Eve of Summer Solstice, as midnight approaches folk close their doors and shutters. Soon a Dancing Man will emerge from the forest blackness and anyone casting an eye on the creature will be forever blinded.

The light fades, he whirls and jigs. As midnight strikes, he screams and, like summer ice, he melts away into the soil.

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

You built an anticipating atmosphere then utterly shocked the reader. Please write a part 2, Allan.

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 month ago

This is indeed spooky. How did you come about those strange names?

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 month ago

Allan, never would I want to encounter the dancing men! They seem horrible! Was the story entirely made up, or was it based on an existing cultural belief?

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
Reply to  Allan Neil
1 month ago

Allan, I was hoping you’d say you made it all up! It is very interesting though.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 month ago

I’ve encountered many dancing men in my time, Allan, but thankfully none of these! Spine chilling to say the least. Well done!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

So scary, Allan. I am glad that all dancing men that I know are not the same as your protagonist in your story. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Allan Neil
1 month ago

You’re always welcome. Don’t scare me too often, Allan. I am afraid of having a heart attack. I am just kidding. hehehe. 😀 

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Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
1 month ago

I love this Allan! I really enjoy pieces that are developed from folklore and myth — I always feel like I’m seeing pieces of the world through them. That last paragraph too, so beautifully written!

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
Reply to  Allan Neil
1 month ago

I think you could definitely be right, the dark spawns many fears! Some of the Norse myths and monsters are positively chilling!

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 month ago

I discovered the Estonian references even before reading your comments to Thompson, Allan! I think the names in your story originate in the vicinity of Tartu, and made a few trips between Tallinn, where I lived for three years, and Tartu where there also is a university. I can’t remember having heard of the Tantsivad Mehed, though. Thanks for bringing back the memories! What brought you to Estonia?

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