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Christopher Fowler
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'The Passenger' by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz ( passim) from Pushkin Press in the UK, has been translated clearly and concisely to echo its original German by a US translator, and I had to keep stepping over what were for me jarring Americanisms - 'gotten', train station', 'she wrote me', etc - minor inconveniences when set against the gratitude I feel for any kind of translation at all, but…
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Christopher Fowler
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Having just finished the new Bryant & May (except for what I call 'the gloss', which is a final once-over to look at the language and make it a little more fluid and graceful) I was thinking about all the projects I have lined up, and wondering what was my favourite book to write. And actually, I came back to 'Hell Train', partly because it is so perversely bonkers, and partly because I got to…
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Christopher Fowler
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In a time of fake news, the story couldn't be more timely. In America, an article written for a magazine spawned a play and an essay about the negotiability of facts in non-fiction. In 2003 John D'Agata, a writer from the American school of factual overload had an essay spiked for inaccuracies. The piece ostensibly concerned a boy who committed suicide from a tower in Las Vegas. His fact-checker…
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Christopher Fowler
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There's not been enough talk about books in these columns lately. Let's start to remedy that. Last week I was in a delightful old bookshop in Palma with a friend when the bookshop owner asked me, 'Are you famous?' Mischievously, I looked at my friend. 'Am I famous?' She considered the question. 'Well,' she said finally to the bookseller, 'he's known.' I was never mainstream enough to carry reader…
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Christopher Fowler
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After I wrote the horror romp 'Hell Train' I never really went back to it. I don't think it was a huge success (although there's a nice German edition), partly because I went with a small publishing house, partly because it was a bit too clever for the market. The plot concerns a writer hired to come up with a fast, cheap script for Hammer, and the script's events unfold as a series of gaudy set…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
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What's in the picture-book today? A miscellany - some thoughts passing through my head as I sit in my study trying to cool down enough to concentrate on writing a new novel. -------------------- Writers produce a lot of work that's not published. For years I kept drawerfuls of abandoned manuscripts, movie scripts, TV productions, radio scripts, half-finished novels, unsold short stories and…
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Christopher Fowler
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There were only ever a handful of monsters in movies and books. In the 1930s Universal Pictures cemented the main ones into place, although mummies and werewolves proved harder to make scary than vampires and hand-stitched creations. Zombies were left out on a limb after 'White Zombie' and 'I Walked With A Zombie', until George A Romero came along. Personally I never liked the original 'Night of…
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Christopher Fowler
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'Train To Busan' is deservedly a massive hit for South Korea - an action adventure about zombies that makes 'World War Z' look like 'Carry On Camping', and manages to be both thrilling and heartbreaking within its streamlined runaway plot. It's Zombies On A Train - thanks to a spreading biohazard that forces a motley crew of passengers to try and outrun the epidemic on the titular train, crashing…
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Christopher Fowler
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I've been talking to readers a lot this spring, and one subject that kept returning was whether writers can work on many types of book, or if they should stay in one area. Crime was once a part of general fiction until genres separated out in bookshops, so that SF/horror, fantasy (and believe it or not 'Paranormal Romance', albeit mercifully briefly) all became genres. And writers either hop…
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Christopher Fowler
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Even though it's more straight-laced, I really like the reversed-out cover below, chosen for the US edition of my next book, the haunted house thriller 'Nyctophobia', while we have the spiffy lightbulb cover for the UK (see columns passim). It's out in time for Halloween stateside. If you're a professional book reviewer, you can request the novel now on NetGalley. I'd love to get some foreign…
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