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No. 37 Chinese Whispers

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Story Notes

My story, Chinese Whispers, is based on a Walter De la Mare short story, The Odd Shop, in which a traveller stumbling around in a traditional 1950’s London pea souper (heavy fog), finds himself in an odd shop that specialises in selling sounds in boxes. It’s a moody and atmospheric story as opposed to a crime or ghost tale.

I used the main idea of the sounds in boxes, the foggy night and combined it with exploring a small part of Tallon’s past.

Quite a few items in the Odd Shop are non-Lego items and these have been bought from Dolls House shops.

Walter de la Mare (1873 - 1956) is today a largely forgotten English writer who in his lifetime was well read and known. He was a prolific author who wrote novels, short stories, poetry, plays, children’s stories and non-fiction. Probably his most famous piece of work is his children’s poem, The Listeners. The first two lines of which are – ‘Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller, Knocking on the moonlit door.

De la Mare’s work whilst not known for crime stories, does includes a large number of ghost stories, several of which are highly regarded. The writer H.P. Lovecraft was a fan of De la Mare’s supernatural stories and Lord David Cecil commented that De la Mare’s stories were, 'beautiful, enigmatic and disquieting.'

De la Mare’s work is well worth searching out and reading whether you’re a reader of short stories, novels or poetry.

Behind the scenes

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