Neil Gaiman has just announced the impending completion of his long-awaited sequel to Neverwhere, the 1996 BBC-produced fantasy TV series starring Gary Bakewell and Laura Fraser and subsequent novelization the same year.
The Seven Sisters, named after a famed grove of elderly elms in London, will chronicle the continuing adventures of Richard Mayhew, Door, Islington and the Black Friars in the dark ethereal realms of London Below, beyond the rank sewers and soot-choked subways.
On Wednesday, during a London promotional tour of his recently released novel, Norse Mythology, Gaiman confirmed to an eager audience of faithful fans that he was a "solid three chapters" into writing The Seven Sisters. Here's what the visionary British writer had to say about this otherworldy new project and what enticed him to return to the material after more than 20 years:
"When Lenny Henry and I came up with the original idea for Neverwhere almost 25 years ago, what attracted us was the idea that we could talk about the homeless, talk about the dispossessed, talk about the people who fall through the cracks, and do it in a way that was exciting and fun and interesting and also relevant and might change people’s heads. Neverwhere for me was this glorious vehicle where I could talk about huge serious things and have a ridiculous amount of fun on the way. The giant wheel has turned over the last few years and looking around the work I have been doing for UNHCR for refugees, the kind of shape … London is in now, the kind of ways [it] is different to how it was 20 years ago, meant that I decided that it actually was time to do something. Now I had things I was angry about. I cared about things I wanted to put in and I'm now a solid three chapters in to a book called The Seven Sisters."
The Seven Sisters is scheduled to be published in 2018.