Kay Goodwin is a 16-year-old boy with a smart mouth and too much imagination. Marooned in the rundown seaside resort of Cole Bay, his life is a horrible comedy of errors that has trapped him in the country’s most dismal place at the worst possible time – the early ’70s. He dreams of escaping the […]


Welcome to Christopher Fowler’s world. A place where people get killed in the most surprising ways. By a cocktail cabinet falling out of the sky. By a box of free-range eggs in a supermarket. By a basket of laundry, by an airline ticket, by the buildings themselves. It’s a world where bizarre horrors and black […]

Soho Black

Matchless detectives Bryant and May return from Christopher Fowler’s Darkest Day, tracking bizarre acts of violence through Soho at the height of a heatwave. Meanwhile two hired killers, one black, one white, swap smart post-Pulp Fiction dialogue and film executive Richard Tyler’s life turns into a nightmare after a very strange visit to the washroom. […]

Personal Demons

A hotel offers a taboo service for its troubled clients, a vampire library attacks its readers, and a young man discovers the cutlery of the Marquis de Sade. Incarceration, incantations, romance, revenge and the end of the world occur in this collection of gothic tales.


Who really controls London? An assignment brings Vincent – permanent student and budding young writer – into the privileged world of Sebastian Wells and the far right Prometheus League. Under the guise of a Victorian gaming society it operates extremist and covert activities. Threatening exposure, Vincent is thrown into a game of life or death. […]


Growing up in Invicta Cross was hell for Billy March. Only his friendship with a disturbed girl saved him from the petty-minded savagery of his neighbours. Ten years later a suburban nightmare evolves as a glamorous couple move in and one by one the neighbours start to disappear. Nobody suspects the smart young newlyweds might […]

Flesh Wounds

Fourteen award-winning new tales in a world where a man can wake up to find that everyone hates him, a farmer can be killed by a falling cocktail cabinet and suicide can be the most exciting thing that ever happened to you. ‘As cool and enjoyable as the beers served in the trendiest bars’ – […]


23-year-old Martyn has a dead-end job, a miserable family, few friends and no love life. Then he meets a Spancialosaphus Lacrimosae, his own personal demon. Spanky’s friendship brings confidence, the good life, a better job, a girlfriend. But Spanky is a demon, and Martyn soon finds out that when you’re handed life on a plate, […]

Darkest Day

When one of the guests at London’s Savoy Hotel, where Jerry Gates works, dies in bizarre circumstances, she finds herself drawn into a nightmare world of blackmail, violence and ritual murder. She has stumbled into a conspiracy involving rare art, computers and a secret occult society.

Sharper Knives

Why an obsession with old British comedy stars can make you a murderer, how schooldays can be the weirdest days of your life, and what happens in the supermarket from hell… 14 illustrated, worst-scenario anxiety tales, laced with black humour. Everyday humdrum situations escalate into cataclysmic horror, in stories with titles such as “The Vintage […]