Charlie Purple
Charlie Purple was born in 1959. He was born within the sound of bow bells when the wind blew in the right direction, so he classes himself as a peripheral cockney. Studying physics at University allowed him to approach his stories with a more realistic scientific aspect. He has always been fascinated with science fiction, horror and comedy, so in 1987 sent an unsolicited comedy script to Paul Mayhew Archer at the Channel Four Television Studios. They liked his story, but calculated that it would cost almost half of their yearly budget to produce. He was asked to write a half hour special but chose to focus on his time consuming occupation of restoring fireplaces instead, vowing to return to writing later on in life.

‘The secret code of the dead’ is a departure from his comedy roots, realising that comedy and horror rarely work together. If the afterworld does exist, then why aren’t they trying to communicate with us? That is the premise of his first novella.

Charlie lives with his life partner in Herne Bay, Kent, England.
The Secret Code of the Dead
By Charlie Purple
A close group of four childhood friends, based in England's capital, embark on a journey of discovery that will have them travelling to a war ravaged Iraq. They inadvertently open doorways to a world that should be kept firmly shut. As the story unfolds, natural cynicism is dispelled as they awaken to the only possible conclusion; they have found a code to listen to the dead.

This is a very powerful tool and it soon attracts interest from people that would abuse this gift.

An extraordinary amount of time and money is invested in our desire to communicate with the departed, but if there is an afterlife, surely its inhabitants would wish to communicate with the living too? This story is about such a possibility and how one man's unique skills enable the dead to construct a language around his life experiences.
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