This was inspired by a reader who got in touch to say that she had googled some of the locations I used in the Wildfire series to get an idea of what they really looked like, and it dawned on me that I could post some pics! Some poetic license was used in some of the books (there is no Moorcroft Hospital for the clinically insane, for example) but a lot of the places I mentioned are real, and here are a few:
This is the farmhouse in which Michael, Rachel, Jason and John take refuge in Psychosis. It was owned by my late great uncle (who appears in the pic, along with his cat) and is located just outside St. Davids. It really is 400 years old, and it really does have 18-inch thick stone walls. No zombie rats, though.
St. Davids Cathedral, which features in Panic, and which has repelled viking attacks and survived earthquakes, and which, so far, has not faced a zombie apocalypse.
One of the cramped streets of St. Davids. This was the street my grandparents lived on, and which I visited loads as a kid. The tiny park in the foreground is where Michael meets Rachel and Jason in Panic.
The treacherous coastline around St. Davids, and the location of Victor's secret beach in Panic and Shock.
The ruins of Aberystwyth Castle, which Michael spots in Psychosis, and which gives him the idea for a place that can 'be defended.'
Aberystwyth Harbour, where things go bad in Psychosis. Pretty peaceful and idyllic, until a rampaging herd of Infected appears...
Caernarfon Castle: one of the major locations throughout Mutation, Trauma and Reaction, in its current guise as a tourist attraction rather than a stronghold to cower in and defend against the end of the species.
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