Welcome Back To Cole Bay
‘What’s it like, being in a panto?’ Harry asked.
‘Widow Twankey went to prison for child molesting a few years back.’
Mayhap you recall Cole Bay, suicide capital of the UK? The crummy seaside town where Kay grows up (and from where he falls into Persia) in my novel ‘Calabash’? The book remains a personal favourite of mine. The town was a combination of Hastings and Herne Bay, with a few bits of other ugly-ass downmarket British seaside resorts thrown in.
Well, the town is back, and so is Dudley Salterton (yes, a shameful pun), the horrible old seaside entertainer who also gets a cameo in the upcoming Bryant & May novel ‘The Memory Of Blood’.
I’ve written an astonishingly bleak short story called ‘Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside’, which has been chosen to go into Ellen Datlow’s ‘The Best Horror Of The Year Volume Three’, and will soon be available from Night Shade books. The protagonist is a young man who turns out to be less lucky than Kay and suffers an Awful Fate in the town. As one does. It’s almost as much reusing locations as it is reusing characters.