Inside the town there is nothing but soot, bricks and cogs. Outside the town there is nothing but war. The crows declare it – they blanket the roofs, shouting bloody stories from across the sea down to the streets below. The people no longer even notice they wake up afraid, work afraid, sleep afraid.
This is a story about three children in that town. Donald, whose world is tooth and shadow. Possessed by terror, he feeds dead animals to the dark under the streets. Then there is Mary, self-contained and adrift since her mother disappeared, hiding from fate in childish games. And Bobby, who think he is going mad.
Bobby has the same dream every night, a dream that calls him out of bed to the abandoned bunker at the centre of town. It has plans for him.
Inside the town another war is beginning.
A collection of stories including Some Bad News, about an office worker who finds a larvae crawling in his scalp, Wreckage of Dreams, based on the true story of a refugee boat left to drift at sea, and On Harrowdown Hill, about the death of David Kelly.
Wreckage of Dreams has become the basis of several pieces of music. These include a short opera by Roger Assar Johansson (the eventual winner of the music segment of Minioperas) that was premiered in Gothenburg, Sweden in October 2013, and a piece of music by Riz Maslen, aka Neotropic.Stories