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|Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 - 10:34 am: |
Gary asked me to take part in a bit of blog fun. I don't have a blog so he suggested I did it here instead. have a go at it yoursleves, it certainly makes you think.
What is the working title of your next book?
A collaboration with a colleague on a new electrical installation text book for Pearson Books, can’t give you the title yet. Also “Soul Masque” a Spectral Press chapbook due out in 2013.
Where did I get the idea for the book?
The textbook is a commission.
“Soul Masque” was inspired by “Pulp Fiction” although the resemblance is hard to find and refers to the messed up timeline in the original version, which was intended for an anthology that, sadly, didn’t come to pass.
What genre does you book fall under?
Horror, urban fantasy perhaps (although what is a lot of modern horror but a fantasy set in an urban setting), with some sexual naughtiness thrown in!
What actors would you choose to play the part of the characters in a movie?
Tough one but here goes:
• The Singer – Robert Glenister
• Rennie – Christopher Ecclestone
• Jon Johnstone – Stephen Tompkinson
• Maggie – Deidre Donnelly
• Sian – Keeley Hawes
One sentence synopsis of the book
The last task and dissolution of a disparate group of troubled, broken people who were recruited by an enigmatic Castrato singer, to clear the world of demonic vermin .
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agent?
Published by Spectral Press in 2013
How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare your story to within your genre?
I don’t honestly know. Perhaps a bit of Philip Jose’s Farmer’s “Image of the Beast”, but not really.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
A call for submissions to an anthology called “Paging Mister Hitchcock” many moons ago. Sadly the book never came to pass, but at least it motivated me to write the story so I have no regrets. It was supposed to be a Tarantino-type horror story, whether it is or not remains to be seen. I wanted to take a set of very different characters, throw them together and see what happened.
What else about the book might pique your reader’s interest?
It starts in a bondage joint called the Castrato Club, and gets dirtier from there.
Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
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|Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 - 11:22 am: |
I say, steady on!
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|Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 - 01:27 pm: |
Looks good, Terry. A note to potential participants in this exercise: it will only work for a book you have already completed. Using it to outline a work in progress is likely to kill said project stone dead in your inner soul.
I have a theory (probably not unique, but I haven't seen it anywhere else) that the broken timeline in Pulp Fiction was part of the film's pulp fiction homage. Pulp writers wrote interconnected stories that often got published out of sequence, due to the editor needing a story of a particular length, thematic focus etc for a particular issue – or even to the author selling stories from the same sequence to different magazines.
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 05:26 pm: |
That's very charitable, Joel. I'm not a Tarantino fan and I suspect the broken timeline was just another "homage" to all the films with broken timelines he'd seen before. LADY SNOWBLOOD springs to mind. We watched that one recently and John pointed out all the bits QT nicked from it for KILL BILL. (I couldn't get past the first 15 minutes of KB.)
Terry: Bondage joint called the Castrato Club? I'm intrigued!
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|Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 02:26 pm: |
Terry, nice interview. I've been tagged in by Carole Johnstone and my interview is up at http://stuyoung.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/the-next-big-thing_21.html
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|Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 04:19 pm: |
I've tagged in Adrian Chamberlin, Matt Cardin, Simon Morden and Paul Edwards, so they may or not be doing the Next Big thing today. All depends how busy they are. And how desperate they are for free publicity.