It is interesting to be reading another book set in Western Australia after reading M L Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans (see previous posts). It seems an odd coincidence that K. A. Bedford’s novel, The Black Light, also has a light in its title.
K. A. Bedford, a Perth-based writer, has written five novels in the sci-fi genre with a particular emphasis on time machines. In his sixth published novel, he has entered the world of the supernatural and paranormal and travelled back in historical time to the 1920s.
The novel starts with one of the main characters, Aunt Julia, flying from London to Perth which in those days took days rather than hours. Her journey ends at Maylands Aerodrome. Not many locals know that what is now riverside parkland at Maylands was once Perth’s earliest airfield, in operation from 1927 to 1963. All that now remains as a reminder of this piece of aviation history are three perimeter lights that from 1937 marked the eastern end of the airfield.