Electricity is a Podcasted Novel by Myke Bartlett, author of "How to Disappear Completely." A new chapter appears every Tuesday.

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Chapter 4

Chapter 5

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Electricity: a podcasted novel by myke bartlett


Aston Somerfield, casual smoker and part-time alcoholic, has come to London to find himself. He knows who he's looking for, he's seen him on the cover of the NME. Drawn across oceans by fame and fate, Aston is keeping his diary empty to make sure he's available. Won't commit to anything until it's everything.

London, however, has other ideas.

When a virtual stranger calls Aston a few hours before his death, fate catches up with him, derailing his barely-made plans. Amid a hundred boozy evenings and romantic deadends, a mystery unfurls.

Equally assisted and hindered by tremulous accountant Tom Hensley and dedicated loafer Steven Black, Aston uncovers a different London, one of murder, ghosts, dangerous emails and the second big bang.

As chaotic and random as the city it inhabits, Electricity gradually evolves into a mystery bigger than the universe itself. Being of a somewhat useless persuasion, Aston does his best to ignore it.


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    Friday, June 22, 2007

    Chapter 3: Ghosts

    Summer arrives in London and Aston is feeling romantic, almost. A chance drunken encounter leads him into a world he quickly realises isn't for him. But is there some electricity between him and Lauren - perhaps something neither of them could imagine?

    3: GHOSTS available now here

    NEXT WEEK: The Stowaway & The Box

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    Aston is compelling in his complete and total malaise. I did chapters 2 and 3 tonight while drawing. Tom is a super fun character. The story of the scam he fell into is a little too familiar of some of my times at work.

    The way you are setting up the ghosts thing is really good. I like the fact that Aston is so lazy he just turns away from plot development. Good way to build suspense.
    Hi there,

    Thanks for taking the time to let me know you're enjoying Electricity. I really appreciate your feedback, particularly your comments regarding Aston's approach to (plot) development. I'm never sure how people will respond to a narrator who spends most of his time avoiding the narrative...

    Hope you continue to enjoy the book!

    Glad to talk about it! One thing I thought of this morning. I was confused at the beginning Ch. 3 about something... Does Ch. 3 overlap in time with Ch. 2? Tom talks about being in trouble at the start of the chapter... is he in a new job or is that the one he started in before and now you're just dealing with the Laurel/Aston story that got going at the same time??
    There is definitely a time overlap! The job is the same one, but Aston's slightly wandering narrating doesn't tackle everything in strictly chronological order.

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