to the barking, braying, mewing and cooing world of the Outlander Animals crew from the bestselling Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon. This happy space examines the rich “critter culture” that is so much a part of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander world both in her books and the resulting Outlander Starz television series. (I am a total animal nut, as well as former news journalist, a magazine and academic editor, and novelist. I hope to do justice to Diana Gabaldon and all that is Outlander here.)
As avid readers and viewers of the Outlander books and Starz series, we all know that “Dr. G”, as our assistant editor Clarence the Mule calls her, kens her animals better than most. We see it in the way she breathes life into the 2- and 4-legged, finned, and occasionally no-footed animals who gallop (or bellycrawl) off the pages and screen to take up residence in our hearts. I do not have an affiliation with the Outlander Starz production, nor with Diana Gabaldon. We are grateful for use of the original material and photos from the books and television series, which belong to their creators and will be credited as such.
Please join me and Clarence – whose comments are noted with a – as we delve into the books and go behind the scenes of all that is Outlander Animals to meet the trainers, experts, artisans, and, of course, the many animals who populate the magical sphere that is Diana Gabaldon’s fictional universe.