Christopher Fowler standing by open shelves in his modern living room

Biography

Christopher Fowler was the award-winning author of many novels and short story collections, and the Bryant & May mystery novels: 21 books recording the adventures of two Golden Age detectives investigating impossible modern London crimes.

His latest books are ‘Hot Water’ and ‘Bryant & May’s Peculiar London’.

Christopher was born in Greenwich, London. He attended Colfes, the Royal Leathersellers Guild School, and after joined J Walter Thompson as a copywriter. At the age of 26 he founded The Creative Partnership, a company that changed the face of UK and international film marketing, and spent many years working in film, creating movie posters, trailers and documentaries.

A self-confessed movie-obsessive, he handled films like ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Trainspotting’, ‘Goldeneye’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’. He worked with directors like Mike Leigh, Martin Campbell and Peter Greenaway, and on countless Hollywood blockbusters. He has written for everyone from Kenneth Williams to Michael Caine, the Spice Girls, Pierce Brosnan, Leslie Nielsen, Julie Walters, John Cleese and Eric Idle. He has written comedy and drama for the BBC, including Radio One’s first live broadcast drama in 2005.

He was a five-time British Fantasy Award-winner. His first thriller was the bestseller ‘Roofworld’. Subsequent novels include ‘Spanky’, ‘Disturbia’, ‘Psychoville’ and ‘Calabash’. His books have been optioned by everyone from Guillermo Del Toro to Jude Law.

His graphic novel for DC Comics was the critically acclaimed ‘Menz Insana’. His short story ‘The Master Builder’ became the film ‘Through The Eyes Of A Killer’, starring Tippi Hedren and Marg Helgenberger. His filmed short stories include: ‘Left Hand Drive’, ‘On Edge’, ‘Perfect Casting’, ‘The Most Boring Woman In The World’ and ‘Rainy Day Boys’.

In 2010 he wrote and produced the play ‘Celebrity’ at the Phoenix, London. In 2011 he created the ‘War Of The Worlds’ video game for Paramount, starring Sir Patrick Stewart. He has written for The Times, the Financial Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail, Time Out, Smoke, Big Issue, i-D magazine and many others.

He was nominated for many national book awards and was the winner of the Edge Hill prize for ‘Old Devil Moon’, the Last Laugh prize (twice) for ‘The Victoria Vanishes’ and ‘The Burning Man’, the inaugural Green Carnation Award for ‘Paperboy’, the E-Dunnit Award for ‘Bryant & May and the Invisible Code’ and the CWA 2015 Dagger In The Library for his body of work.

Christopher has achieved several pathetic schoolboy fantasies, releasing a really horrible Christmas pop single, working as a male model, writing two London stage shows, posing as the villain in a Batman graphic novel ‘Man-Bat’, running a Soho night club, appearing in the Pan Books of Horror, and standing in for James Bond. After living in France and the USA, he lived in King’s Cross, London and Barcelona.

His short stories have appeared in Best British Mysteries, The Time Out Book Of London Stories, The New English Book Of Internet Stories, Dark Terrors, London Noir, Neon Lit, Cinema Macabre, Inferno, Gutshot, Dead Letters, Zombie Apocalypse 1 & 2 and many others. His award-winning memoirs ‘Paperboy’ and ‘Film Freak’ have been published to critical acclaim, and will be followed by the final part, ‘Word Monkey’.

‘Christopher Fowler is an award-winning novelist who would make a good serial killer. He’s charming and English and lives in a glass box with a view of St Paul’s Cathedral, and you’d think butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth until you read his outrageously dark urban fiction. He has written fifty or so books, mainly comprising novels and volumes of short stories. His work divides into drama, black comedy, horror, satire, mystery and a set of tales unclassifiable enough to have publishers tearing their hair out.’ – Time Out

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