Now that the book's been out for a while, I'd like to take you through what I think is going on in the final version. There will be a few spoilers here, but I'll try not to give everything away.
The first story in the book,'Oh Aye, Crofton' by Gethin Lynes serves as a kind of prologue. It gives us a hint of what evil is potentially going on later on in the book. There are two perpetual villains in that story who are behind the scenes in s lot of what's going on. This could be the origin story, or part of the origin story of the magical phone box. What if that phone box that Crofton uses in his hideous ritual is the very one that ends up in Maida Vale?
In 'What a Little Moonlight can do' we meet Amber Goodman. She's three weeks out of a relationship. Her boyfriend left. She thinks he must have gone off with one of the other women she knew he was seeing. Like many a woman in a bad relationship, she still misses him. She goes for a walk and ends up in this phone box. Now skip forward. What we don't know about this phone box yet is that it's situated on top of an old crossroads. The crossroads is no longer visible, having been paved over and built around. But it's metaphysically there and so is the loa of the crossroads, Papa Legba. Papa Legba is the god who allows communication with the other gods. The telephone box has taken on another level of communication, and magically charged and placed on this spot, it is a truly enchanted place. The trouble is that it's true neutral. Which means it does whatever job it's put to, just like any piece of technology. This phone box allows passage in time and space, and even alternate dimensions, dimensions that can be wished or worried into existence.
As a writing exercise, this is an amazing contraption. It can do pretty much anything a writer wants it to. Guess this must make me a rather positive person (I think of myself as chaotic good). Amber, my character, gets into the phone box and she gets her boyfriend back. Well, sort of. Read the first two stories and I'll carry on giving you some insight into the next batch. Ghostwoods Books has kindly released the first two chapters on their blog for free here.