The editors of The Alchemy Press Book of Ancient Wonders asked their contributors some searching questions. Now it’s the turn of JOHN HOWARD.
Tell us a little about yourself, and what you like to write?
I like to write about things which interest me – often to do with forgotten or alternate histories, obscure places, ambiguous people.
What inspired you to write “Time and the City”?
The title of the anthology! Something ancient, something wonderful. I love SF pulp magazine artwork from the 1920s and ’30s: those cities and buildings, wonderful machines and spaceships by the likes of Frank R Paul and Leo Morey. So a story about an incredibly ancient city full of wonders came into my mind…
If the TARDIS could drop you off to any one site in its heyday, where would you go?
What appeals to you most about ancient sites/landscapes?
The sense of standing on the edge of the abyss of time.
What do you have coming out next?
A couple of stories in anthologies, plus a collection from Swan River Press called Written by Daylight.
[John Howard was born in London. He is the author of the collection The Silver Voices and the novella The Defeat of Grief. His short fiction has appeared in several anthologies, including Beneath the Ground, Never Again, and The Touch of the Sea. John has collaborated with Mark Valentine on a number of short stories, six of which featured Valentine’s long-running occult detective The Connoisseur. These tales have been reprinted in The Collected Connoisseur. Most recent to appear is Secret Europe, (written with Mark Valentine) to which John contributed ten of the twenty-five stories, set in a variety of real and fictional European locations.]
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