San Francisco 1967. A place of love and peace as the hippy movement is in full swing and everyone is looking forward to the ultimate festival: the human be-in.
Summer, however, has lost her boyfriend, and fears him dead, destroyed by a new type of drug nicknamed Blue Moonbeam. Her only friends are three English tourists: Ben and Polly, and their mysterious guardian and friend the Doctor.
But will any of them help Summer, and what is the strange threat posed by the Blue Moonbeams?
Published 24 April 2003
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Critics have praised Mark Chadbourn for the astonishing detail and realism he brings to his novels. The reason: the kind of research most people would go out of their way to avoid. For example, for his first novel Underground, set in an isolated mining community, he worked hundreds of feet beneath the earth, crawling along tunnels barely two feet high, experiencing the same kind of brutal lifestyle as his coal miner characters.
Other novels include Nocturne and Scissorman, and a non-fiction book Testimony, for which Mark experienced the terrors of a real haunted house…
His current fantasy trilogy, The Age of Misrule (World’s End,Darkest Hour and Always Forever) has received acclaim for both its detail and its academic research.
An expert on British folklore, Mark studied volumes of research on prehistoric Britain, including the sites of Stonehenge, Avebury and Tintagel, as well as Celtic culture and neolithic life. He spent six months on the road touring Britain, mapping out a detailed path for his characters to follow, including not only famous historical sites, but also industrial estates, pubs, cafes, shopping centres and more. It’s possible to use these three volumes as a travel guide to the UK.
His penchant for gritty research began when he was a journalist, working for British national newspapers, magazines and TV. On NATO manoeuvres inside the Arctic Circle, Mark slept in tents with the British soldiers in temperatures of -20°C, fired bazookas and drove tanks across the snowy wastes. He was also set on fire by an exploding lamp – and saved by a nearby snow drift.
Other work has seen Mark being locked in a shop and threatened by gangsters, being at the centre of a riot, being shot at in the California desert, accompanying a Formula 1 racer at 250 mph around Donington racetrack, and going undercover investigating criminal activity across Europe and America.
World’s End and Nocturne were both nominated for the prestigious August Derleth Award for Best Novel, and Mark has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society’s Best New Talent award.
His career took off when he won Fear magazine’s Best New Author award for his first published short story, Six Dead Boys In A Very Dark World. His latest book is another novella, The Fairy Feller’s Master Stroke, about the coming of age of a young man through the eponymous painting by Richard Dadd.
Mark has interviewed scores of celebrities – from Paul McCartney, Bob Geldof and Elton John to Tim Burton, Catherine Zeta Jones and George Michael – and has also worked in the media as a film and TV reviewer. Outside of journalism, he’s cleaned toilets, driven vans, worked as a fitter’s mate at a power station, and put Marmite jars on a conveyor belt.
During the early nineties, Mark’s long-standing love of music saw him turn to managing bands – including one top five act – and running the independent record company, Faith.
Mark hails from the Midlands and a long line of miners. He now lives in the heart of a forest where he indulges his passions for environmental campaigning and magic.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dominic Harman is a British artist whose work has appeared around the world. His first professional sale was to the British SF magazine Interzone (July 1997), when he was 23. Since then he has sold over 280 illustrations and over 75 book jackets/magazine/CD covers.
Having always been interested in art and also Fantasy, SF and Horror since he was young he decided to carry on and develop his skills and have a go at making a living out of being a genre Illustrator….so far so good!
Dominic’s work has been nominated six years running for the BSFA Best Artwork Awards in Great Britain among them were (“Secrets” in 1998 “Jedella Ghost”, runner up in 1999, “The Sky-Green-Blues” in 2000) and in April 2001 his nomination, a cover for Interzone157 (June 2000), illustrating the story “Hideaway” by Alastair Reynolds, won the award.
Four pieces of his artwork were nominated in the US in 1999 for the Tangent Online Award (these all appeared in issues of Interzone (March 1998, July 1998, September 1998 and November 1998).
He has won a number of other awards including The Paper Tiger Award 2000 and The Tangent Online Award in 2000, both for the front cover of Absolute MagnitudeMagazine (Winter 1999). Dominic also received a Rosette [judge's choice] for Best in show for a Weird Tales magazine cover at the Philadelphia World SF & Fantasy Convention 2001.
Dominic’s work has appeared on the magazine/book covers/interiors/CD covers of: Harper Collins Books, Time Warner Books, Baen Books (US), Analog (US),Asimov’s (US), Interzone (UK), Absolute Magnitude (US), Weird Tales (US), Infinity Plus Books (UK), SF Age (US), Sarob Press (UK), DNA Books (US), Tale Bones (US), Other Worlds Library (US), Dell Horoscope (US), Altair (Australia),Dreams of Decadence (US), Aboriginal Science Fiction (US), SFWA Bulletin (US), Fantastic Stories (US), Ikarye (Czechoslovakia), John Sinclair (Germany), Tenebres (France), Derision (US band), Disarm Goliath (British band).
In his spare time, snatched between working shifts, he enjoys watching old sci-fi and horror B-movies, building up a visual reference library with photography and anything that catches his eye, and actively seeking out inspiration and constantly looking. And also sleeping as he doesn’t get much when on a commission!
Dominic is currently working on covers for Harper Collins [Voyager] Books, Time Warner Books several magazine covers including Absolute Magnitude, Asimov’s SF, and Weird Tales. His current projects include working on cover designs for record companies and also a Graphic Novel collaboration with acclaimed SF Author, Eric Brown.