It's all food for thought. I've had varied opinions offered on this already. Most seem to feel that covering Europe wouldn't be a problem as so many of us are already so familiar with it and have written so many European-set stories. But that when we get into areas like ... say, the Caribbean or Latin America, then it becomes more of a minefield.
That's a way off yet, though, if I'm honest. In the meantime, we'll play things by ear.
I hope you continue to pursue the series where the mood and energy lead you, Paul, just the same as I'd hope an author from any other continent or culture would attempt a similar anthology centered around Britain if they felt so inspired. When you're through with all the books already under consideration - I realise this may take a while - maybe ten volumes of decade-specific terror tales from the 20th Century?
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
maybe ten volumes of decade-specific terror tales from the 20th Century?
Now that is a great idea!!! Stories about the turn of the century, the Belle Epoque, colonisation, exploration, WWI, the Twenties in America and Europe, the rise of facism, Eastern Europe, WWII. The possibilities are endless, topics present themselves. A decade a book. A kind of horror equivalent to Ken Follet's Century-Trilogy.
I have considered history. Initially, I considered larger periods - the Ancient World, the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, the Victorians etc. But I did wonder if there would be sufficient interest among readers and writers.
I have certainly pencilled in World War One and World War Two.
A series of decades would also be interesting ... no denying that. Though we are running before our horse to a market a little bit now. We'd be talking years and years in the future here.