I love the part of western England that borders the ancient principality of Wales. These borderlands are rich in history – a place where Romans, Saxons, Celts, and Norman French warriors all clashed. This region also has a wealth of myths and legends – including those of mysterious beings that dwell in – or under – the ancient, brooding hills.
In Nightmare Valley, I try to conjure up some of the sense of mystery that dwells there. The ingredients of the tale are, I think, interesting.
The small town of Machen is named after a Victorian clergyman and author who lived and wrote some very strange horror stories. One of these tales concerns unusual ‘children’ that are not really children at all.
The idea of a place without a war memorial – a very strange absence in England – came from a fellow writer. Put these diverse ingredients together and you’ll get, I hope, a setting for a weird and unsettling adventure.