Written by Keith Topping
Foreword by Hugh Lamb
Frontispiece artwork by Dariusz Jasiczak
The fourth of Telos Publishing’s acclaimed Doctor Who Novellas range.
Published 22 August 2002
Perhaps sensing the Doctor’s deepening mood of introspective melancholy, the TARDIS lands in the most haunted place on Earth, the luxury ocean liner the Queen Mary on its way from Southampton to New York in the year 1963.
But why do ghosts from the past, the present and, perhaps even the future, seek out the Doctor?
What appalling secret is hidden in Cabin 672?
And will the Doctor be able to preserve his sanity as he struggles to save the lives of the passengers against mighty forces which even he does not fully understand?
Published 22 August 2002
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rockin’ Keith Topping is an extremely freelance journalist and author whose previous work includes co-editing two editions of The Guinness Book of Classic British TV. He’s also written numerous guides to television series as diverse as The X-Files, The Sweeney, Doctor Who and Roswell for Virgin Books. He’s responsible for four novels, (including the award-winning The Hollow Men), and a novella (Telos’s own Ghost Ship), the Stargate SG-1 guide Beyond the Gate, and the best-selling volumes Slayer, Hollywood Vampire and Inside Bartlet’s White House. He has contributed to numerous genre magazines, including TV Zone and Shivers, and is a former Contributing Editor of DreamWatch specialising in coverage of US television. Keith was born on Tyneside on the same day in 1963 that his beloved Newcastle United lost 3-2 at home to Northampton Town. Things haven’t improved much since. He regularly appears on local radio and also contributed to the BBC television series I Love the ’70s. His hobbies include socialising with friends, foreign travel, loud guitar-based pop music, trashy British horror movies of the ’60s and ’70s, football, comedy, murder and lots of other stuff.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dariusz Jasiczak was born in 1964 in Poznan, Poland. Since the age of 16 he has been actively interested in fine arts, especially in fantastic painting (principally surrealism).
His first works were influenced by the masterpieces of such painters as Hieronimus Bosch, Arnold Bocklin, Salvador Dali and Max Ernst. From 1985 to 1991 he studied philosophy at A Mickiewicz University in Poznan, although his main love was always illustration.
Dariusz’ first art commissions came in 1990. These were mainly illustrations for calendars, placards, and, later on, book covers (which comprise all his work today).
During the early ’90s, he used only traditional techniques to create his paintings (acrylic and oil painting) and his work from that period was thematically connected with horror and SF. Time brought significant changes, and around 1996, he started using a computer as a graphic tool, and slowly this took over until today it is the only instrument he uses to create his images.
In 2001, the importance of the computer was brought to the fore when Dariusz presented a selection of his pictures at the Eighth Festival of SF in Nidzica entitled Virtual World 2000 – 2001.
The spirit of his present artistic endeavours can be summed up in Dariusz’ own words: “Long ago, in my room, the smell of varnish was strong. Long ago, there were pencils, brushes and paints on the table. Long ago, no one had heard about The Matrix … ”