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Christopher Fowler
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When I was young there used to be (and for all I know may still be) a peculiar little chapbook held together with rusted staples that listed the calendar of England, predicting what your sheep would do, what your birth sign would reveal, lighting up times, tide-tables and so on. I recall that Old Moore's Almanack was also peppered with obscure events, rituals that included the Bubble Sermon, the…
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Christopher Fowler
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Hallowe'en has reached a point where Americans might celebrate their holiday by dressing as Post Malone. Clearly we've come a long way from bedsheet ghosts and the Legend of Sleep Hollow. Films are now our main source of disturbing images, although the 'clown in a drain' thing doesn't work in the UK, which doesn't have drains like that. And what may haunt you as a child (the Yawning Man in 'tom…
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Christopher Fowler
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It's always surprised me that the first question I get asked when someone mets me is; 'Do you write under your own name?' It seems a peculiar choice over 'Where do you get your ideas?' or 'What do you most like writing about?' (which I never get asked). I attend a lot of media events for filmmakers and writers that have Q&As attached to them, and some are fascinating. So, in the interests of…
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Christopher Fowler
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The hollyhocks are a giveaway - it could only be an English country garden. The one at Charleston, Sussex, summer home of members of the Bloomsbury Group. It seems an unlikely place for a battle, but that's what's going on here. Because in order to get here we had to pass through many pretty villages and past the kind of roses-around-the-door country cottages that send visitors into paroxysms of…
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Christopher Fowler
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After attending SlungLow's arts workshops in Leeds last week I promised to put my notes online, so here is the essence of what I said - the idea was to inspire the young groups to write a scary story. This is a crash course with a specific aim; finding a practical way to write something that pleases you and disturbs your readers. First I want to address an age-old issue. Can you be taught writing…
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Christopher Fowler
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Although I've written fewer of them in the last few years, I've always enjoyed a good supernatural story or film. In the last few years, the genre has become lost, without much of a way forward. Once it reflected simple fears of darkness and unknown lonely places, but subtlety is required to build the right atmosphere, and anything that that takes time runs the risk of being called 'slow'. We're…
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Christopher Fowler
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When you work on a film in any post-production capacity, you have to be prepared for the fact that the film will be ruined for you forever. The endless repetition of footage, sound and music cues deconstructs the scenes that touched your heart until they become little more than pixel rainbows. It's worse when the film is wonderful. At least I didn't care when I had to listen to Christmas bells…
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