Thursday, 1 September 2011

The Pier

We live in a lovely little corner of Britain, with this fabulous Victorian pier on our doorstep.

All along the promenade are little commemorative plaques, some of them with very weird inscriptions. I was reading them one day and a few of the more cryptic ones made me wonder. What if they weren't actually written by the living to remember the dead? What if they were something else, something much older and more sinister? Somerset is the original Wicker Man country, after all. It's a place rich in pagan tradition and many of its strange rituals are lost to time. Or are they?

The story it inspired, "The Pier", was first published in The Seventh Black Book of Horror, published by Mortbury Press.

I was delighted when it was later chosen for The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror vol. 22, which will be launched at Fantasycon - Saturday 1 October in Brighton.

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