Alice on the Shelf
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When Brad awakens with this question on his lips but his friend Miranda on his mind, a sense of unease fills him. When he finds she isn’t home, and a strange visitor is outside her house looking for a missing pocketwatch, Brad knows something is amiss.
Down the rabbit hole.
The world is familiar but different. Storybooks, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and fantasies should have prepared Brad for the trip he is about to embark on to find the woman he loves, but the darkness that has filled this fantastic world has twisted it almost beyond recognition. Though he is searching for his friend, Brad may discover something much darker when he finds–
Alice on the Shelf.
“Alice on the Shelf is a wonderfully entertaining and interesting take on Lewis Carroll’s classic. I read it in one sitting, always wanting to know what was coming next. Bill Gauthier is a great new writer, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.”
— John R. Little, author of the Stoker-winning novella Miranda, The Gray Zone, and The Memory Tree
A Note from Bill
Alice on the Shelf is a novella that means a lot to me for several reasons. Perhaps someday I’ll go into the genesis of the story and the novella, but here I just want to mention that the novella has an unofficial soundtrack.
When I began to work on a second draft of this story in 2004, almost a year after I wrote the first draft, I decided I would use music to help me get into the mood I wanted for the story. The soundtrack remains on my iTunes and is as follows:
- “To Make You Feel My Love.” Billy Joel (Greatest Hits, Vol. III)
- “Hey Jude.” The Beatles (1)
- “You’ve Got a Friend.” Carole King (Tapestry)
- “She Will Be Loved.” Maroon 5 (Songs About Jane)
- “Wicked Game.” Chris Isaak (Heart Shaped World)
- “She’s Always A Woman To Me.” Billy Joel (Greatest Hits, Vol. I)
- “She.” Elvis Costello (Notting Hill Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- “White Rabbit.” Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow)
- “Secret.” Madonna (Bedtime Stories)
- “Deirdre Dances.” Michael McDermott (Michael McDermott)
- “Haunted.” Poe (Haunted)
- “Strong Enough.” Sheryl Crow (Tuesday Night Music Club)
- “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Simon & Garfunkel (The Best of Simon & Garfunkel)
- “Stupid.” Sarah McLachlan (Afterglow)
- “We Don’t Need Another Hero.” Tina Turner (Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Soundtrack)
- “Your Song.” Elton John (Greatest Hits 1970-2002)
In the years since 2004, in the various rewrites I would do, I would often go back to this soundtrack but also listen to other music as well. Some of the songs listed above makes me wince but it did the job. Obviously.