My latest Kindle collection, “When the Revolution Comes” is now available to download from Amazon.co.uk priced at £0.86 and Amazon.com for $1.35. You can also try before you buy and download a free sample.
For your small investment you get five short stories all set in the fictional East European Country of Gallovia as a totalitarian regime crumbles in the face of a popular uprising.
The inspiration for the book came from a trip to Berlin in 2006. I visited a lot of musuems and exhibitions but two in particulare caught my eye. The first was “The Topography Terror” which is an outdoor exhibition located on the ruins of the old Gestapo HQ. Part of the exibition features large blow-ups of photos taken of people arrested by the Security Police along with a brief description of why they were arrested and their eventual fate. From there you descend into a trench that takes you past the remains of the old basement cells where prisoners where kept. The other exhibit that caught my eye was from The Story of Berlin – one of the displays was a large case full of jars each containing a small piece of fabric. The fabric was taken from the chairs suspects would be sat on when being interviewed by the Stasi – each piece was methodically collected and cataglogued. If the suspect ever attempted to abscond to the West the fabric would be given to sniffer dogs. I spend a lot of time afterwards thinking about totalitarianism and the kinds of people who help perpetuate it. When I came home I started what would become “Suspended Sentence” the first of the five stories. I also visited a nuclear bomb shelter located under a shopping mall which I’m sure will make it into another story one day.
When I got back from Berlin I also read an excellent book about the fall of the wall and the GDR regime called Stasiland by Anna Funder which had a big impact on “A Small Victory” in it’s description of interrogation techniques.
“Bitter Lemons”, “Working For The Clampdown” and “The Final Curtain” all have their roots in the revolution that swept Eastern Europe in 1989-90 and particularly events in Romania. A more unexpected influence was visit to the Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast where I saw the cells, gallows and an extraordinary tunnel that led from under the prison to the court house directly opposite which found its way into “The Mighty Fallen”.