One morning, five years ago, three odd looking icons arrived from nowhere on my computer screen. Rather mysteriously, many months were to pass before I was able to open the files they contained - although you can imagine my surprise when I realised they claimed to have been sent from the far future. It turns out that they were a time-locked message, posted by a guy called Tom Myers, and that he wanted to expose the 'Science-Magic Properties' of something he called The Serpent Girdle. The files haunted me and inevitably I soon found myself editing Tom's simply written text; tidying his words to make a better story for others to read...could his account of things to come be true? Could time travellers invisibly visit us...are they here now? Set around Torbay, and including several real events, The Serpent Girdle takes the reader on a journey from 1951 to 2358. The tone begins in the style of the '50s and progresses to have a modern, then futuristic 'feel'. Accompanying illustrations follow in the same manner.
Ian Pillinger is trained as a teacher and worked as a Fine Art lecturer at Swindon School of Art. With the success of his Art and Design cards, Ian left teaching and worked as a journalist. Ian has been a writer and illustrator since then and is also a well respected member of the Marlborough Open Studios Group. He opens his studio to the public every July. He is the author of Stella and the Orbits.