The girl had been staring into her mirror all morning before she picked up the small bottle of sulphuric acid and poured it over her forehead.
Samira was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. What could have brought her to this? DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of Tooting Police suspect it’s suicide. But then a meek husband kills his wife, and the headteacher of the local school throws her pupils out of a window. It’s no longer a random outbreak of horrific crimes. It’s a deadly virus. And it’s spreading. Somehow, ordinary Londoners are being infected with an insatiable lust to murder. All of the killers were wearing second-hand clothes. Could these garments be possessed by some supernatural force?
The death count is multiplying. Now Jerry and Jamila must defeat the ghost virus, before they are all infected…
| Interview |
- What book from your childhood still has a place in your heart today?
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne.
- Which fictional character stayed with you long after you finished the book?
None that I can think of.
- Can you tell us a little about your journey with your new release?
I have a friend Dawn Harris – a new writer of supernatural fiction but also the manager of a charity shop. One day when I was visiting her at her shop, a woman came in with black plastic bags crammed with clothes which had belonged to her recently-deceased mother. I asked her if she was sentimental about giving them away, but she said no, because her mother had been ‘quite a nasty person.’ I have often thought that the walls of rooms in which violent or emotional incidents have taken place might still resonate with those emotions even after decades have gone by, and it occurred to me then that second-hand clothes could have a similar resonance, just as they still smelled of the dead people who had once worn them. I was also inspired by the (real) activities of Lithuanian gangs who steal bags of clothes that people leave on their doorsteps for various charities. They send these clothes to Lithuania for remodelling or shredding for new yarns. But there are folk tales in Lithuania about clothes which have been infected by a virus and come to life to seek vengeance for their long-deceased owners.
- Do you get an emotional connection to your characters?
I’m not quite sure what you mean by this since I am my characters. When my characters are having an argument, I am actually having an argument with myself. But I do try and get into their way of thinking and their vulnerabilities and their problems. My novels often have heroines and I work extremely hard to try and see the world from a female point of view, although I am aware that I will never be able to achieve that 100 percent.
- Can you please, share a photo with us that tells a story.
I am attaching a photo of myself at the age of 22 (in dark glasses) when I was deputy editor of Mayfair magazine. The American author William Burroughs was a friend of mine and I commissioned him to write regular monthly articles for us called The Burroughs Academy. He wanted to write about Scientology so we covertly visited the Scientology headquarters at Saint Hill in East Grinstead, Sussex, under assumed names. He was William Lee and I was Graham Thomas. In this picture, we are being shown around by a toothy Scientology lady. The picture was taken by the late Antony Balch, who has also directed the film Horror Hospital.
- What was your favourite read of 2017?
London In The Eighteenth Century by Jerry White
- If your book came with a theme song what would it be?
Wouldn’t It Be Good by Nik Kershaw
- Is the genre you write your favourite to read?
No, because I don’t read fiction these days. After a whole day spent writing fiction I don’t want to read it. That would be like a chef cooking all day and then going home to cook the evening meal. Besides, I am critical enough of my own work, and can’t read anybody else’s fiction without tearing it to pieces.
- If you could ask your readers anything, what would you want to know?
When you read my books, do you actually feel you are ‘living’ them, because that has always been my aim?
- What are you working on now?
The tenth crime thriller with Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire. Plus I have a new horror novel in mind!
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