TotenUniverse – Book 4
Reflections – Book 1
Alien Noise Corporation (2015)
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Frieda Schoenhofer is dead, murdered in Rotterdam. But for her grief-stricken parents the true story of their daughter is about to begin. The One Rule of Magic is a curious tale of redemption, reflection and coming to terms with past and future lives.
“How far back in time do you want to go? May I come in, Tomas, or are you going to throw the hat to me from an upstairs window? I know how much you Czechs enjoy throwing things from windows.”
Breitling’s terms were that the sheet music, when my father took possession of it, should not be displayed in public or where any of the pages could be viewed. Preferably, the sheets should be stored in a locked container away from admiring eyes.
“Why is that, Gert?”
“Because it isn’t Mozart, Frieda. It isn’t Mozart.” He waved his own pages. “None of it is by Mozart.”
“Yes, I know.”
“Do you?” He swooped onto the settee next to me. “Do you think so? When I tell people they either ignore me or think I’m crazy. You’re the first person I’ve met who agreed.”
“Am I?” Agreed? With what?
“I want to show you something.”
With Who Among Us… in the bag I was already setting out the structure of the next novel, There Will Be Blood and a return to the TotenSeries. It took a little known Canadian rock band to derail that idea when Au4’s second album And Down Goes the Sky generated irresistable ideas to continue the story arc of Frieda Schoenhofer, the drifting enigmatic witch from Bamberg.
Occasionally I would refer to the novels as being either TotenLight or TotenDark depending on the amount of humour in them. The Toten Herzen novels were ‘light,’ the Malandanti novels would be ‘dark.’ But Frieda straddled that line, drifting from one to the other in a series of bizarre and sometimes surreal encounters as she hunts for her father’s discarded film collection.
Writing about Frieda was intoxicating, or should that be is intoxicating. Alongside Toten Herzen’s Susan Bekker, Frieda is a key component in how the TotenUniverse will eventually play out. I don’t know what her role will be in that outcome, which means if I don’t know, you can’t guess.
And Frieda Schoenhofer would love that.