Simon Kewin, author of “His New Body” in The Future Fire #64, joins us for a mini-chat.
|Art © 2023 Miguel Santos
TFF: What does “His New Body” mean to you?
Simon Kewin: For me, this is a story about the powerless and the marginalized finding a road and a voice—told as a somewhat off-the-wall urban ghost story! Sometimes, I'm sure, we all feel invisible, and the characters in this little story simply find their own odd ways to rectify that.
TFF: If you had to make yourself a new body from inanimate objects, what would you choose?
SK: Highly-polished wood would look nice, but I'd probably go for something that wouldn't ever wear out. Also, we obviously need to be reusing stuff a lot more—so perhaps discarded scraps of metal and plastic?
TFF: What can you be found doing when you're not creating/writing?
SK: I do a lot of walking and a fair bit of running.
TFF: What are you working on next?
SK: I've just completed the third novel in my Office of the Witchfinder General series (published by Elsewhen Press) and I'm either going to move onto the fourth of those, or perhaps a completely unrelated science fiction novel.
He waited for the safety of night. Night and cold kept the people—the living people—off the streets, and this was a raw winter night of ice and fog. If he stayed away from the bright lights he’d be, at most, just a ghost image on grainy CCTV feeds, easily missed.
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