AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Simon R. Green, Author of “The Sound of Her Laughter”

What were your thoughts when you first encountered the concept behind this anthology?

What the…? Cool idea, lots of space for messing around. And a nice change from some of the more exacting requirements, like stories about Cowboy Werewolves getting married on the Titanic.

With the theme in question, you could have taken your story in any number of different directions.  How did you come up with your particular idea?

The concept made me think of the old Weird Tales magazine, so I decided I wanted to do something in that vein; mad science, strange occurrences, the world isn’t what you think it is.

What challenges if any did it pose having to incorporate a particular phrase into the flow of your story and making it seem perfectly natural?

Once I decided to go with something heard, rather than seen, a message heard from a speaker at a railway station seemed obvious, and everything just followed from that.

What kind of research did you have to do for your story?

Staring at a blank page until my forehead sweated blood. You can’t really research the kind of weird shit I come up with.

What else are you working on right now?  Anything coming out that you’d like to talk about?

My first film is now out on DVD: Judas Ghost, a good old-fashioned scary ghost story. The next book in my Secret Histories series will be out this summer: Dr DOA, to be followed by Moonbreaker. And I have a new series being published only in the UK at the moment; Agatha Christie-style murder mysteries with SF&F elements. The first is The Dark Side Of The Road.