“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
(Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland 1865)
The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath (Angry Robot, June 2015) is my first published novel and is best described as a dark adult fairy tale set in a topsy- turvy Victorian period, encompassing fantasy and horror elements.
The plot, in a nutshell: a little girl is locked inside a grandfather clock. She is rescued by a policeman who becomes her supernatural guardian. The Lord of the Underworld orders his assassin son, Mr Loveheart, to hunt her down because he wants to eat her and absorb her powers.
The book is played out in Victorian England, Egypt and the Underworld and reveals a variety of unusual and colourful characters, including fraudulent psychics, mesmerists, Jack the Ripper and bewildered Scotland Yard detectives.
I have explored a lot of themes within the book, but I think, if asked to focus on the most significant, it boils down to three areas: