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I’d forgotten about these illustrations, done for a wee story I wrote


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The first drawing is a view of the Land Of The Celts, where Musky The Wuskie was born

 

The second is an illustration of The Grand Wazoo, indulging in the ceremonial act of, Sky Ski-ing , and was done to accompany a story I wrote about a wee character called Musky The Wusky – who is trying to save his village from the influence of the marauding Pictish hordes.

The long road you see in the 2nd drawing, runs through a 23-mile long canyon, which was eventually flooded, and is now known as Loch Ness

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And, here is Musky, leaving home to set off to find his fortune and save the tribes colour fields, where all the world’s colours and hues are grown & harvested.

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Leaving behind his well-trodden, horror & supernatural path, which had often left me bemused and frequently disappointed, as I thought he was a damned good writer who wasted his creative juices on such juvenile themes, Stephen King has opted for a time-travel plot device on this outing, and has benefited greatly from this new direction

The title relates to the date that John F Kennedy was assassinated, and the plot is not entirely unique in the sci-fi universe, in that it extrapolates a scenario where one man is faced with the possibility of going back in time, and being in a position to stop the shooting

Similar stuff has been attempted by a variety of SF writers, but I’m seriously impressed by King’s interpretation of the theme, and his wonderful depictions of a slightly-romanticised 1960’s USA, and the fantastic characters he has peopled it with

He fairly knows how to tell a compelling story, and can draw you into a personal relationship with the protagonists in a real page-turner of classic novel

Quite possibly the best thing that King has ever written, in my opinion

I highly recommend it.

STU WHO?

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