Hunter's Moon, also known as The Foxes Of Firstdark, is a 1989 novel by Garry Kilworth.
The story revolves around red foxes. The protagonists is a vixen named O-ha. O-ha lives with her mate A-ho in the English countryside. After A-ho dies, O-ha must survive on her own without her mate.
Not to be confused with the 2016 book Hunter's Moon.
Hunter's Moon provides examples of:
- Animal Naming Conventions: Foxes in England have names like O-ha, A-ho, A-konkon, O-sollo, O-mitz, and A-cam. Vixens have "O-" names and dog foxes have "A-" names. Dog foxes change their names to reflect their mates. A-ran changed his name to A-ho after coupling with O-ho. Camio is the Odd Name Out because he's American.
- Animal Religion:
- Foxes worship the winds.
- The fox afterlife is Perfect Here.
- The world was built by gods such as A-O the fox and Sen-Sen the wolf.
- Foxes pray before and after eating. They also pray before entering dens.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Foxes believe the moon is detached spirit of the sun. Winds are also seen as deities.
- Death of a Child: Of O-ha's first litter, there are no survivors. Of her second, only half survive.
- Ear Notch: A-ho's right ear has a v-shaped clip that he received as a cub, playing with his siblings.
- Humans Are Cthulhu: Foxes fear humans so much that their Creation Myth has humans being born of the sea-of-chaos. O-ha considers them "unreachable", but not unnatural.
- Driven to Suicide: A-konkon commits ritual suicide and causes the humans to worry there's a rabies outbreak.
- "Just So" Story: In the days of Firstdark, when the universe was dark, Groff came and created the sun for humans to hunt. He plunged his hand into the dirt and came up with a ball of fire. When he threw the sun into the sky, its soul detached into the moon.
- Mature Animal Story: The story is about red foxes but it's not aimed at kids. To start off, it has a fairly graphic depiction of mating early on.
- Nature Spirit: Foxes worship the winds. Each individual wind is a deity.
- Seldom-Seen Species: More a seldom-seen breed - Sabre is a Rhodesian ridgeback.