Kim Newman has provided a 19th century adventure, “Angels of Music” for The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 3:
In the ’70s – that colourful, hectic decade of garish clothes, corrupt politics, personal excess and trivial music – three girls were sent to the Paris Opéra. They could dance a little, sing a little more, were comely when painted, and cut fine female figures in tights. Were the world just, they would have been stars in the ascendant, rewarded with fame, riches and advantageous marriages.
Writing is a notoriously solitary business. What keeps you at it? The fame that constantly eludes you? Getting a lie-in in the mornings? The rubber?
Can’t do anything else, I’m afraid.
What was it that inspired “Angels of Music”?
Realising that three unrelated characters in 19th century mystery fiction were all opera singers …
Well, it rots if you don’t store it properly.
What sort of fiction do you prefer to read? Which are your favourite TV shows and movies?
I read in many genres – modern stuff and older material. My favourite TV shows are The Rockford Files, The Avengers, Homicide: Life on the Street, Sergeant Cork, Doctor Who, The Outer Limits, Quatermass and Sgt Bilko.
What can you tell us about future projects?
I’m eventually going to do an Angels of Music novel. Next up to be written is a school story called “Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School”. My recent publications include An English Ghost Story and a BFI Film Classic book about Quatermass and the Pit.
Tell us something about yourself no one knows (don’t worry – no one is ever going to read this).
I’ve got a pack of miniature playing cards from a Christmas cracker in my desk drawer. You didn’t say it had to be an interesting something…