Christopher Fowler

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Christopher Fowler
Born Christopher Fowler
26 March 1953
Greenwich, London
Occupation Novelist
Nationality British
Period 1984–present
Genre Thriller
Notable works Bryant & May Mysteries
Website
http://www.christopherfowler.co.uk

Christopher Fowler (born 26 March 1953) is an English thriller writer. In addition to his numerous horror, satire and crime novels, he has also written a Sherlock Holmes audio drama for BBC 7 entitled The Lady Downstairs. He was born in Greenwich, London.

Bryant and May Mysteries[edit]

He is the author of the Bryant and May mysteries, in which the two detectives, Arthur Bryant and John May, are members of the fictional Peculiar Crimes Unit. The series comprises: Full Dark House, The Water Room, Seventy-Seven Clocks, Ten Second Staircase, White Corridor, The Victoria Vanishes, Bryant & May On the Loose, Bryant & May Off the Rails and Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood. The tenth book of the series, Bryant & May and the Invisible Code was released on 2 August 2012. Bryant and May, as well as other characters from this series, also appear in Fowler's Rune, Darkest Day, and Soho Black, although these books are not considered part of the series.

The Bryant and May series is set primarily in London, with stories taking place in various years between World War 2 and the present. Whilst there is a progressive narrative, many of the books focus on flashbacks to a major criminal incident from the detectives' shared past. For instance, Full Dark House focuses on John May's reminiscence of the team's first case together during the Blitz, whilst Seventy Seven Clocks is framed as Arthur Bryant's retelling of a case from 1973.

Fowler weaves many factual layers of London's history and society throughout the series. Most of the locations are recognisable London landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral, The Tate Gallery and various theatres. A major feature of The Water Room is the networks of tunnels and underground rivers underneath the city.

There are many references to other literary works throughout the series. Seventy-Seven Clocks contains references to Gilbert and Sullivan throughout the narrative, while The Victoria Vanishes has similarities with The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin.

Other novels and short stories[edit]

His book Rune is an update to a modern setting of the M. R. James story Casting the Runes. It also features Bryant, May, and several characters from that series.

His story "The Master Builder" was filmed as Through the Eyes of a Killer,[1] starring Richard Dean Anderson, Marg Helgenberger and Tippi Hedren. His tenth short story collection, Old Devil Moon, won the Edge Hill Audience Prize 2008.

His novella Breathe, published by Telos Publishing Ltd., won the British Fantasy Society Award for best novella in 2005.[2]

Put into different temporal settings, some elements of his original 2008 story “Arkangel” from Exotic Gothic 2 reappear in his 2012 frame-novel Hell Train (a book called “must read now!” by SciFiNow[3]), including the Polish town of Chelmsk,[4] and the physical descriptions of its white gold-rivetted damnation train Arkangel,[4] the mysterious conductor and stationmaster,[4] and the town’s yokels.[4][5]

His memoir of a lonely 1960s childhood, Paperboy, won the inaugural Green Carnation prize, which celebrates fiction and memoirs written by gay men.[6]

Novels and collections[edit]

How to Impersonate Famous People 1984 ISBN 0-7043-3463-1
The Ultimate Party Book 1985 ISBN 0-04-793087-X
City Jitters 1986 ISBN 0-7221-3704-4
City Jitters 2
Roofworld 1988 ISBN 0-7126-2421-X
The Bureau of Lost Souls (US: More City Jitters) 1989 ISBN 0-7126-2459-7
Rune 1990 ISBN 0-7126-3466-5
Red Bride 1992 ISBN 0-356-20805-2
Sharper Knives 1992 ISBN 0-7515-0152-2
Darkest Day 1993 ISBN 0-316-90534-8
Spanky 1994 ISBN 0-7515-0959-0
Flesh Wounds 1995 ISBN 0-7515-1431-4
Psychoville 1995 ISBN 0-7515-1664-3
Menz Insana (graphic novel) 1997 ISBN 1-56389-300-2
Disturbia 1998 ISBN 0-7515-1909-X
Soho Black 1998 ISBN 0-7515-2559-6
Personal Demons 1998 ISBN 1-85242-597-0
Uncut 1999 ISBN 0-7515-2644-4
Calabash 2000 ISBN 0-7515-3040-9
The Devil in Me 2004 ISBN 1-85242-768-X
Demonized 2004 ISBN 1-85242-848-1
Full Dark House B&M 1 2004 ISBN 0-553-81552-0
Breathe 2004 ISBN 1-903889-67-7
The Water Room B&M 2 2004 ISBN 0-385-60554-4
Seventy-Seven Clocks B&M 3 2005 ISBN 0-385-60885-3
Ten Second Staircase B&M 4 2006 ISBN 0-385-60886-1
Old Devil Moon 2007 ISBN 978-1-85242-925-6
White Corridor B&M 5 2007 ISBN 978-0-385-61067-4
The Victoria Vanishes B&M 6 2008 ISBN 978-0-385-61068-1
Paperboy (autobiography) 2009 ISBN 978-0-385-61557-0
Bryant & May On The Loose[7] B&M 7 2009 ISBN 978-0-385-61465-8
Bryant & May Off the Rails[8] B&M 8 2010 ISBN 978-0-553-80720-2
Bryant and May and the Memory of Blood B&M 9 2011 ISBN 978-0-85752-049-4
Hell Train 2012 ISBN 978-1-907992-44-5
Bryant & May and the Invisible Code B&M 10 2012 ISBN 978-0857520500
Film Freak (autobiography) 2013 ISBN 978-0857521606
Plastic 2013 ISBN 978-1781081242

Forgotten Authors series[edit]

Fowler writes a periodic column for The Independent titled Forgotten Authors. In this series, he looks at a wide range of writers whose works, once popular, have now fallen out of the public eye.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Through the Eyes of a Killer at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "The British Fantasy Awards". 
  3. ^ Morton, Sophi (2012). "HELL TRAIN: The ride of your life... or death". SciFiNow (62): 86. 
  4. ^ a b c d Fowler, Christopher (2008). "Arkangel." Exotic Gothic 2. Ed. Danel Olson. Ashcroft, British Columbia: Ash-Tree Press. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-55310-109-3. 
  5. ^ Fowler, Christopher (2012). "Chapter 3: Arrival". Hell Train. Oxford, UK: Solaris Books/Rebellion Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907992-44-5. 
  6. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/dec/01/paperboy-prize-gay-men-books
  7. ^ ""Bryant & May: Death Or Glory?", the author's blog, 24 August 2008". 
  8. ^ ""Bryant & May Return in Two-Book Deal", the author's blog, 18 March 2009". 

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