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The Husband
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I forgot to add this to the blog in December. So here it is now... @Peculiar was a huge admirer of Ballard and his dystopian work. He and I discussed how prophetic Ballard was with the Drowned World and the Burning World which were published in the 60s. Chris met his literary idol Ballard some years ago and unbelievably Chris said he was tongue tied for once in his life - quite a rare occurance I…
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The Husband
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Happy new year! At long last I can unveil the new website we've been working on over the past six months. All of Chris's books are listed, together with: quotes from critics, links to reviews and options to purchase on Amazon. There are a number of options to sort the Bryant & May series including a recommended reading order for new readers. We've kept the blog archive for anyone who wants to read…
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Christopher Fowler
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What do writers think about when they're not writing? They think about writing. They try to imagine impossible dilemmas for their characters. I once spent five months trying to unknot a stubborn plot twist in a short story. I failed because I was at fault, not the story. For me Bryant & May were always different, deliberately kept on the outside of mainstream events. There are authors' characters…
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Christopher Fowler
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I'm currently reading hard SF writer Paul McAuley's majestic dissection of Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil', written for the BFI. Like most writers, he delivers other pieces outside of his regular novel output. I realised that I'd kept a huge electronic file of old articles, unseen pieces and bits of fiction, many of which have dated but are nevertheless worth a trawl-through, just to remind me of a time…
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Christopher Fowler
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*Oops, that headline looks like it was written by Anne Elk, especially if you put 'Chris' after it. It was Noel Coward who commented on the potency of cheap music, touching on something that has always fascinated me. It applies to music, but as much to images and phrases that linger in the mind for days - or a lifetime. A grade Z movie, an obscure soundtrack, a barely remembered pop song. Why is…
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Christopher Fowler
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I'm always astonished by the number of brilliant authors we have in this country who, if Amazon is to be believed, barely register on popular book charts. The problem is with the chart itself which is always the same, starting flat, curving gently upwards and eventually descending to tail away. Let's call the centre of the chart Peak Readability, where simplicity, emotional intelligence and…
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Christopher Fowler
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pyeople I type it again. pepople And again. peoytle Do you mean peyotl? people One word done. Onto the next. That's what it's like. Fatigue hits you like a wall. The Husband, who doesn't really believe that illness exists unless it's very visible, says that ME is a 'fake illness'. I know it's not because I watched it land a friend in hospital for several months. Well I don't have ME, just a…
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Christopher Fowler
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We've often talked, you and I, about the tragic fate of the humorous novel (this is how I think of us, snuggled in front of the fire with a glass and a pile of books, not hunched over a laptop alone with a blanket over my knees because London is so fracking cold), but I'm going to be contentious now, in this small weird book-and-film corner of the inter-thing, because I've had an epiphany - I've…
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Christopher Fowler
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My agent and I agreed the other day that publishers are not listening to teen readers who turn to the largely free and vast resource of online fiction. After all, how do you begin to get a handle on it? Noël Coward, judgemental arch-snob, bullied his performers about preserving the clarity of language. He is well and truly buried now, his bon mots choked off by an avalanche of new writers for who…
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Christopher Fowler
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'I say, sir, a missive from the Royal Mail has arrived for you from a Ms Maggie Armitage. It appears to have been up a dead bear's bum. Perhaps the sender has been incarcerated for many years and managed to smuggle it out to you. It smells of chewing gum and Toilet Duck.' 'Pray read it to me, Walter, then draw me a bath, the better to exude last night's intake of champagne.' 'Very well, sir. I'm…
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