- We have some librarians here. I have a question. It is for curiosity's sake; the prequel idea I"m about to mention just occurred to me this moment.
Giles Tumulty is a character in two Charles Williams novels, War in Heaven (1930) and Many Dimensions (1931). Suppose I wanted to write a prequel about Tumulty's ill behavior prior to these books, or -- for that matter -- about his activities between them. (He dies in Many Dimensions, so no sequel!) And -- why not? -- suppose I wanted to include Lord Arglay too.
Would there be any plausible legal problems with this -- in the US, or in the UK?
Suppose, further, that my publisher blazoned "Based on the Characters Created by Charles Williams" across the dustjacket.
I'm curious. These questions are prompted by the postings just now about the Tolkien-exploiting books.
- Yes, as David says, it's a great story. The closing sentence is particularly memorable -- but there's no way to share it with anyone without spoiling the story. It's not that often I call something a masterpiece, but "The Ugly Chickens" is one.--John R.On May 9, 2011, at 8:23 AM, Mem Morman wrote: