I’d like to welcome Frazer Lee to my blog today! He just had a book release on the first of this month! The title of the book is The Lamplighters and today he’s going to talk to us about what exactly Lamplighters are. Enjoy!
By Frazer Lee
What is a Lamplighter? Traditionally, a lamplighter was employed to light a town’s lamps as night fell, then to return at dawn and extinguish them. The modern equivalent is perhaps the person who teeters atop a cherry picker at the roadside, replacing dud lamps for new ones. In big cities, a lamplighter’s rounds could take them all night – so they would find themselves extinguishing the first lamps soon after they’d finished lighting the last ones!
Lamplighters have appeared in literature throughout the decades. A glance at Wikipedia, that digital fount of all knowledge, reminds me that a lamplighter appears as a supporting character in one of my all time favorite novels; ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Giants of popular fiction such as Charles Dickens and John le Carre have included ‘lamplighters’ in their stories; the former writing about those pre-gas lamp ‘lighters and snuffers’ and the latter’s characters being shadowy figures employed to carry out surveillance ops.
So who are the lamplighters in my horror novel? Put simply, they are caretakers employed to tend to the mansions of a consortium of billionaires on beautiful Mediterranean idyll, Meditrine Island. New hire Marla Neuborn can’t believe her luck when she gets one of the rare positions as a lamplighter, but is in for a series of grim shocks as she uncovers the terrifying mystery surrounding the island’s other inhabitant: The Skin Mechanic.
‘The Lamplighters’ ebook is out now from Samhain Horror and the paperback follows in February 2012. I hope you’ll take a look at ‘The Lamplighters’, and if you do, I hope it gives you cause to leave your lamp on all night…
Check out Frazer’s website for an excerpt from ‘The Lamplighters’, which is (to date) the #1 horror bestseller at Samhain Publishing since its launch on November 1.
GIVEAWAY: To be entered into a prize draw to win a $5 Samhain Gift Voucher, to spend on The Lamplighters or any other Samhain title, go to Frazer’s Facebook page and ‘like’ it. Winner will be announced via Facebook on 13 November 2011 – good luck!
Frazer Lee is the writer/director of the award-winning movies “On Edge” and “Red Lines” starring Doug Bradley who is best-known as Pinhead from the “Hellraiser” movie series.
Frazer was named one of the Top 12 UK Directors in Myspace.com’s ‘Movie Mash-up’ by an industry panel including Film4 and Vertigo Films. He has a number of feature film directing projects in development.
As screenwriter: Horror/thriller feature film “Panic Button” (Movie Mogul Films, Cardiff UK) premiered at Marche du Film Cannes 2011 (market premiere) and Film4 Frighfest London 2011 (world premiere) and is distributed in the UK by Showbox Films on DVD and Blu-ray. Award winning short film “Simone” is out now on unrated DVD from 386 Films, FL USA.
Synopsis: Life on Meditrine Island is luxurious…but brief.
Marla Neuborn has found the best post-grad job in the world – as a ‘Lamplighter’ working on Meditrine Island, an exclusive idyllic paradise owned and operated by a consortium of billionaires. All Lamplighters have to do is tend to the mansions, cook and clean, and turn on lights to make it appear the owners are home. But the job comes with conditions. Marla will not know the exact location of the island, and she will have no contact with the outside world for the duration of her stay.
Once on the island, Marla quickly learns the billionaire lifestyle is not all it is made out to be. The chief of security rules Meditrine with an iron fist. His private police force patrols the shores night and day, and CCTV cameras watch the Lamplighters relentlessly. Soon Marla will also discover first-hand that the island hides a terrible secret. She’ll meet the resident known as the Skin Mechanic. And she’ll find out why so few Lamplighters ever leave the island alive.