Dragon Soul Press, who are publishing my short story Once in a Lifetime in their upcoming horror anthology All Dark Places, also have an anthology coming out soon (on the 20th of October to be precise) based around characters and places from Alice in Wonderland, entitled Chasing White Rabbits. This famous world Lewis Carroll created is now out of copyright, hence the collection.
I considered submitting to this anthology, but declined, as I generally prefer to write my own characters. I’m sure those involved will do excellent work.
The tradition of exploring curious corners of classic literature has yielded a few classics in their own right. Examples include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly absurd, existential tragicomic take on two minor characters from Hamlet, and Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, which puts a very different spin on Bertha Rochester, the mad-woman-in-the-attic from Jane Eyre.
Other writers have penned new James Bond or Sherlock Holmes stories, with greater or lesser degrees of success. Then there’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies…
Is there any existing fictional world that could tempt me? Well, there is one exception. If you asked me to write an episode of Doctor Who, I would definitely say yes.