Title: The Red Man
Genre: Horror, Short Fiction
Word Count: 3509
Summary: An archaeological excavation unearths ancient Celtic secrets... but were they better left buried?
The Red Man
We began to excavate there almost exactly two years ago. Today, I am the only one left.
At first, nothing about the dig seemed unusual. We were a small team largely augmented by students from the university. Only Ash, Nat and I had any real archaeological experience of major sites, and none of us could possibly have predicted what we would find.
It started as a simple exercise; in an area already known to have rich deposits of Celtic and Iron Age artefacts, our task was to scour the thick, fractured mud and swell the ranks of existing samples. Our bosses expected mainly small itemsthe kind of thing ancient people might have tossed into sacred pools or brooks, the gateways between worlds, in the hope of benediction, salvation or interce