Everyone please welcome Paul Cornell here today to Dark Faerie Tales. Paul has written numerous comic books and he has even written for the Doctor Who television series. London Falling is Paul’s first urban fantasy novel and was just released in the U.S. on April 16, 2013.
I’m a novelist, and a comics and TV writer, notably for Doctor Who, Wolverine and Saucer Country. I’m also the creator of Bernice Summerfield.
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I think possibly the greatest pleasure that can be attained by a writer is to devise a background to a series of novels – in my case, a system of occult powers – and then not tell the reader about that background. London Falling is the story of a group of modern undercover police who stumble upon the reality of the supernatural, and then have to use real police tactics to survive the experience. They slowly discover they’re up against a sort of hyper feng shui, that the boroughs of London, including the invisible, orbiting ones in other worlds, remember things, that landscape and buildings and minds all warp the metropolis, in a way which, I hope, recalls the Situationist movement’s concept of Psychogeography. That is to say, information is encoded in a city. But as I said, what this means to our heroes, how it works, if they can make use of it…all this is the stuff of future books. But this is me promising you that at least I know all the details.
That is to say, as our heroes discover when they accidentally gain The Sight, the power to perceive this stuff, some people carry their guilt literally on their shoulders, and if London in general thinks there’s a ghost ship on the Thames, a gifted copper can go and see it, and what you really should never, ever do is…go on a fact-finding mission to what’s reputed to be the most haunted bookshop in London.
I’m immensely proud of my first venture into urban fantasy. I think the genre allows me to talk about the modern world, about how the hidden forces affecting London include house prices, planning permission, homelessness…but I also hope this cracks along as a thriller, with a solid chunk of dark police wit along the way. If I’ve tempted you with the idea that all the stories of a city stay alive within it, and that knowledge of that process can help four scared police stay alive, well, that’s the whole game.
And I promise that if you stick with the series, all the mysteries of London will be revealed. Eventually.
This giveaway is provided by Tor!
One lucky reader will win a copy of London Falling
Available April 16, 2013 from Tor
About this Book:
The dark is rising . . . Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law – until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a ‘suspect’ who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again. As the group starts to see London’s sinister magic for themselves, they have two choices: panic or use their new abilities. Then they must hunt a terrifying supernatural force the only way they know how: using police methods, equipment and tactics. But they must all learn the rules of this new game – and quickly. More than their lives will depend on it.
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