I’m not a big flashlight person, and even less of a drinking by myself in the woods person — so I wasn’t exactly using the flashlight in the most effective ways. I’d say about 90% of the time I was using it for scoping out the trail, and about 10% of the time I was pretending it was a lightsaber. It is during that 10% time that I first spotted the troll.

J. A. McCarroll is an footloose American writer and amateur bread baker from New York. Fresh from a three year stint in the Mediterranean, he's currently studying for an MSc in social anthropology and losing his tan in London.