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Christopher Fowler
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I'm in hospital again today with a tube hanging out of my arm so I'm typing this with one hand. The nurse isn't coming around for an hour so I've time to bang this out. I'm writing a third volume of my award-winning memoirs (my agent insists on me adding that phrase). For those of you who had the misfortune to be born late, here's a quick catch-up. I'm a writer of what's known as popular fiction…
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Christopher Fowler
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I'm tempted to write a literary book about stasis Today I stumbled across a great file of film pitches for 'Roofworld', 'Spanky', 'Calabash' and many others. I have files full of such presentations, most of which you can date at a glance. Few of them ever got beyond the script stage. One or two are good - most are dreadful. I feel like it's time to take stock, to go through the files and see what…
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Christopher Fowler
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So there I am, standing in the shop window of a bookshop in Bluewater shopping mall of all places, next to a gigantic man dressed in leather stockings, a thong, wings and size 11 court shoes. It was my own fault. I had wanted to write a novel that updated the Faust legend. I thought; if Goethe's student was around now he'd probably ask for tons of really lame stuff, then feel dissatisfied, then…
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Christopher Fowler
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I've had many enquiries from American friends asking if my backlist of around twenty books would become available there for Kindle, Kobo, etc. The volumes are being released in sets in the UK and Europe at the moment, with The Curse of Snakes and Calabash due in about three weeks. I've now signed a deal for Roofworld, Spanky, Disturbia, Red Gloves, Psychoville and Calabash to be made available…
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Christopher Fowler
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Both Joanne Harris and I started in the rougher end of murder and mayhem. She began writing with 'The Bad Seed' and 'Sleep, Pale Sister', two darkly horrific novels. I began with books like 'Roofworld' and 'Spanky', mixes of dark satire, fantasy and horror. We have both tackled other genres, Joanne with 'Runemarks', me with 'Calabash', and we've both arrived at crime, her with 'Gentlemen & Players…
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Christopher Fowler
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'The lightness of the author's touch conceals an underlying narrative of alienation,' fellow author Joanne Harris says about me, adding, 'perhaps this is why, in spite of having won countless genre awards, he has never received the mainstream acclaim he so deserves. Perhaps it is the sheer scope and variety of his output that continue to defy categorisation.' Yeah, easy for her to say. But say it…
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Christopher Fowler
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On May 12th, the first of my redesigned and reformatted novels make an appearance on as e-books for the low price of £2.99. 'Roofworld' and 'Spanky' were both big hits for me, but have been out of print for years. There will be twenty volumes in all, including novels and short story collections, featuring new essays by myself and Joanne Harris, and one, 'Frightening', will be a brand-new short…
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Christopher Fowler
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When it came to putting out e-versions of my back catalogue, I decided to take a similar approach to the Bryant & May Christmas annual of short stories, 'London's Glory'. Instead of merely sticking some tales in a book I added explanations and essays. So rather than simply transcribing the various novels and collections into electronic versions (not as easy as it seems, considering some were…
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Christopher Fowler
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Due to a slight miscommunication with my publisher it seems that the mass market edition of 'Bryant & May and the Burning Man' is appearing on February 25th, just before the hardback arrival of 'Bryant & May: Strange Tide', the detectives' mystery concerning strange deaths on the Thames, and the novel which will solve the puzzle of What Happens Next to the staff of the blighted Peculiar Crimes…
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Christopher Fowler
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Someone asked me online if I'd ever write a sequel to 'Spanky' and I suddenly remembered that I'd written one. It's called 'Spanky's Back In Town' and it's in my collection 'Personal Demons'. I seem to recall that it involves Rasputin and an excavation site beside the Thames. Apart from that it's a bit of a blur. I always thought there should be an anthology of sequels. Philip Jose Farmer wrote…
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