I didn’t grow up with Halloween – it seems to have been imported into England some time in the late seventies but hey, pumpkin ravioli works for me. When the Independent On Sunday asked me to write them a spooky Hallowe’en story I realised the only spooky thing I knew about Halloween was the movie of the same name. Being ‘inner city’, if you see kids going up to strangers’ houses, you call the cops.
I wanted to call my story ‘Rupert Pumpkin’ but thought the Scorsese reference might be a bit obscure. So, ‘Lantern Jack’ will appear in the Independent On Sunday’s Halloween edition, and collectors can be assured that it will feature in my upcoming collection too.