Pa u l Meloy
The celebrated short story scribe’s first novel delves into a dark fantasy world beyond our own
What is The Night Clock about?
It’s about a psychiatric nurse called Phil Trevena who is faced with a terrible run of clinical fatalities. His previously successful career suddenly collapses and he’s faced with the realisation that something seems to be out to get him. Overarching the story is a vast and unknowable supernatural dimension, infinite and ageless, through which a war has been raging for millennia.
What was the most challenging aspect of transitioning from short stories to a novel?
Finding the time and maintaining momentum. I eased from short stories to novellas quite comfortably and The
Night Clock was originally going to be a novella but it became too complex. This challenged me to either walk away from it or develop it further and take it into new territory. It felt like the right time to get behind a novel – most of my writer friends had made the jump – and I was beginning to feel left out.
How did you go about building the world of
The Night Clock?
It evolved out of a series of stories I wrote over about 20 years. I didn’t set out to create a mythos or build a world but as the characters appeared there was a connection there I couldn’t ignore.
Which SF authors would you like to be compared to in a dream review?
Harlan Ellison, Bruno Schulz, Ray Bradbury, Mervyn Peake. Any one of those boys would be grand!
The Night Clock is published by Solaris on 10 November.