'Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside' came about firstly because I was commissioned to write a story for the World Horror Convention souvenir book and, as the event was to take place in Brighton, it seemed logical to set a tale on the South coast of England.
"I had written a fantasy novel, Calabash, some years earlier, hinting at the dark madness of such seaside towns, which are the antithesis of their Mediterranean counterparts. I thought of the depressing Morrissey song "Every Day is Like Sunday", which captures the awfulness of English resorts.
"Coincidentally, Kim Newman and I were discussing the inherent creepiness of pantomime dames, and I decided it was time to give vent to my horror of these coastal pleasure domes. I wish I'd thought to include screaming gangs of hen-nighters as well. And I thought it was a nice touch to have everyone in the story telling the hero to 'fuck off' until he finally does.
Christopher Fowler is the creative director of a film promotion company and lives in London. He is the author of the novels ROOFWORLD, RUNE, RED BRIDE, DARKEST DAY, SPANKY, PSYCHOVILLE and DISTURBIA and of the short story collections CITY JITTERS, THE BUREAU OF LOST SOULS, SHARPER KNIVES and FLESH WOUNDS