The song Johnny dances to in the Shadowlands.
A terrifying place where dream, prophecy, and the subconscious intermingle.
When I was a teenager, we lived in the next street over from Portobello Road, home of the famous street market. The market had been one of the magical places of my childhood thanks to the song in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
In the 80s, when we were living in the neighborhood, it was a very different and much scarier place. I remember my father coming home with stories of witnessing drug deals happening in plain sight. Now Portobello Market has been made all spick and span for the tourists. I imagined Morel Market as a dark reflection of the modern Portobello Road, with a bit of the dark and and magical still there if you only know how to look.
This mammoth playlist features some wonderful modern instrumental music that I listened to on repeat as I wrote Craftwork.
Though Millicent is a few years younger than Gosha, Gosha entertains hopes that she and Millicent might be friends. Unfortunately, the circumstance of their meeting sets that friendship off to a difficult start.
The hair salon she works at is based on a famous salon from London in the 80s called Antenna, one of the pioneers of hair extensions. I spent an amazing afternoon there getting a flat top haircut when I was a kid and still had hair watching a rather ordinary man with lank hair become transformed into a lion of a superstar with an enormous pompadour and mane.
Kate Bush is one of my all-time favorite performers. One of my goals for The Witch of Cheyne Heath series was to evoke the eighties I grew up in. Gosha’s too much a s**t-kicker for Kate Bush to fit as an inspiration, but when I came up with the story for Craftwork, I knew immediately who to cast as Pauline Sutton.
These videos of Kate’s music will give you a sense of how magical, strange, and potentially terrifying the Shadowlands might be with her as Saint of Shadow.