August 19, 2007
There I am finally reading one of his prior novels, Red Bride, and I come across things that have been in the brilliant Bryant & May series.
So I send him an email:
Finally reading Red Bride.
Bow Street Station?
HQ above the Morningside Tube station?
Was this a dry run for the B&M series, or did you just decide to move the characters and settings over?
(Well, don’t spoil the book for me; I’m just 100 pgs in!)
And he generously replies:
There you go, Mike – in my world everything connects….
ROOFWORLD – appearance by Colin Bimsley, Ian Hargreave (then dating Janice Longbright)
RUNE – First appearance of Bryant & May
RED BRIDE – Added characters from unit
SEE ALSO –
SOHO BLACK – Bryant & May subplot (now fully formed and based at Bow Street)
When I came to create the Bryant & May series I pulled lots of different characters out of different books. I like connections…
Enjoy the book but I’m warning you – it’s a bit supernatural (my publishers insisted)
He continues to astound me with his genius and foresight (not to mention his writing!). I discover one layer of brilliance and underneath is yet another!
Preparing this post, I went to his website (it’s in the Blogroll here too) and looked at the covers of his books. The Bryant & May books get better cover treatment in England than they do here!
Gorgeous eye-catching UK cover
Dull American cover
Having looked at his book covers, I came across something there that will require another email to Chris!
Previously in this blog:
Author Christopher Fowler Torments Me With An Email
The Astounding Christopher Fowler
Christopher Fowler’s Bryant & May
Christopher Fowler Slays Me
August 19, 2007
Red Bride by Christopher Fowler
About Time (short stories) by Jack Finney
(a re-read or 2nd re-read…)
Abandoned in disgust:
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
— see this post
I don’t know what’s next up… yet.
August 19, 2007
The Investigator (Seg 1 of 3)
The Investigator (Seg 2 of 3)
The Investigator (Seg 3 of 3)
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson made this pilot for a live action/puppet series back in 1973 (or thereabouts), relatively cheaply in Malta. No series resulted.
This was added by some generous saint to YouTube just yesterday. Grab it before it disappears! Download Helper is your Firefox best friend.
I tried for two years to get this via P2P. That’s how rare it is. This is from a slightly-faulty VHS tape without any color correction.
After all that time, was it worth it?
Well, to see it, yes. In terms of its actual story value, no. It’s pretty lame and the script has dialogue that is like gravel against teeth.
Sylvia Anderson did the voice of Jill — and she sounds like Joe 90! Shane Rimmer was the voice of John, and he notched his voice up so he sounded like a teenaged Scott Tracy. I think the Jill puppet resembles Karen Black (photo). John unfortunately looks like the Gay Bob doll!
The gas-powered radio-controlled car is pretty remarkable, but it just looks ridiculous against real-life settings. It also betrays just how low-budget this endeavor was: there are no close-ups of the puppets in the moving vehicles (car, motorboat).
It’s difficult to see how this could have ever sold for a series.