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Iain McLaughlin

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The Web of Terror

Wildthyme In Purple
Obverse Books short story collection

pur-ple (pûrpl) n.


1. Any of a group of colours with a hue between that of violet and red.


2. Cloth of a colour between violet and red, formerly worn as a symbol of royalty or high office.


3. Imperial power; high rank: e.g born to the purple.


4. In the Roman Catholic Church, the rank or office of a cardinal or a bishop


And now:


5. Those literary worlds visited by Iris Wildthyme where the prose is as sensual, convoluted and self-aggrandising as Iris herself...



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Notes


I don't remember how I came to be invited to write for Wildthyme In Purple by Stu Douglas. I'd been in touch with him about something else... or was that after this came out? I honestly don't remember how it came about... but I'm rather glad it did.


I like pulp literature. Comics, novels, sci-fi, cops... I've always loved the feel of pulp.


I knew what I wanted to do with this one straight off the bat. One of the old pulp sci-fi stories that made the movies that turned up in sci-fi seasons on BBC2.  Something like THEM!... Actually, that may have been my starting point. The army against giant bugs. 


Not bugs - a spider.


I bloody hate spiders.


What could make me like a spider? Why would I want to like one? Because this is Iris Wildthyme and so the story has to go through an Iris filter. So why would I ever like a spider? If it was able to hold a good conversation, was aware that it was a creepy crawly. Ooh, so it was intelligent as well as huge? There we have it. Radioactive fall-out from nuclear testing. How pulp is that? But I need a pulp hero. A fifties era hero. The army dude is too straight-laced... somebody to give a bit of the Hollywood style cynical chat... a reporter obviously. And there we have the basis of the story, made a lot more fun when you throw Iris into the middle of it if she's on her way to Vegas... to do a show? To see the Rat Pack maybe?


Bosh. There we are.


I had a hoot with this one. I mean, seriously loved it.

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OUT AMONG THE STARS

ECHOES and INTERLUDES

LIFE ON MARS ON MARS

A BLEAK MIDWINTER and INTERLUDES

AULD ACQUAINTANCE

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