Monday, February 05, 2018


BUILT IN 1912, THE WOOLWICH FOOT TUNNEL has provided Londoners with a handy walkway beneath the Thames River for over a century. It runs between Woolwich (in the Royal Borough of Greenwich) to North Woolwich (in the Royal Borough of Newham). It has a mysterious reputation. Some claim the tunnel stops time.

In 2011, when the tunnel was closed for repairs, construction workers found that no time seemed to pass when they entered the tunnel at one end and exited it at the other. A few claimed they could spend eight hours repairing the tunnel for leaks, then emerge at the end of the working day, only to discover it was still morning. Others claimed they could camp for up to three days and find that no time had passed. Were these stories made to fool the gullible? Or did these men actually experience a time anomaly? Who can say?

Still, it's an intriguing idea. What if some kind of magic could disrupt time? And if so, what kind of magic might that be? What if one period of history played out at one end, while a different future played out at the other? Who would benefit? And why?

Perhaps such a tunnel was created to dispose of an inconvenient enemy. What if, instead of murdering his nephews, Richard III rid himself of twelve year-old Edward V and his younger brother, Richard, the Duke of York by forcing them through the tunnel and into our time? What if they survived, only to remember who they were and who had wronged them? What if they went back?

We all know what happened to Richard III. In 1485, he died at the Battle of Bosworth Field after losing his helmet and being stabbed repeatedly in the head. His remains were re-discovered recently beneath a London car-park.

Sometimes, I wish I wasn't just editing this anthology, but writing a story for it.  I can't wait to see what we get.

- Susan.

P.S. If you're interested in reading more about the Woolwich Foot Tunnel, as well as other potential gateways, check out this link. Here's another from The Guardian, which points out that the Woolwich Foot Tunnel anomaly, featured in the first link, is a work of fiction.

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