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Peter Crowther

UK flag (b.1949)

Although Peter Crowther enjoyed some modest short story successes in the early 1970s, he concentrated the following 16 years on freelance music and arts journalism (interviews including Frank Zappa, Brian Wilson, Cliff Richard and David Puttnam) and as head of corporate communications for one of the UK's biggest financial institutions. He returned to the literary field via freelance review columns, interviews and articles. Assignments included interviews with Ramsey Campbell, Patrick McGrath and Jonathan Carroll (at Carroll's own invitation) in the horror / fantasy field; noted science fiction writers Ray Bradbury, Ian Watson and Harlan Ellison, and, in the crime genre, Ed Gorman, Andrew Vachss and Robert B Parker. His first fiction for almost 20 years appeared in 1990 in the British magazine Fear, while his second and third new stories sold to Dark Voices 4 and Darklands 2, the latter tale being described by Interzone as 'an object lesson' in how to write a ghost story. Since then, he has sold a further 70 stories to a variety of anthologies and magazines.

Genres: Horror, Mystery
Forever Twilight
   1. Darkness Falling (2002)
   Windows of the Soul (2009)
   2. Death of Light (2012)
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   The Longest Single Note (1999)
   Lonesome Roads (1999)
   Cities (2003) (with others)
   Songs of Leaving (2004)
   The Spaces between the Lines (2007)
   Jewels in the Dust (2013)
   Cold Comforts (2014)
   Things I Didn't Know My Father Knew (2021)
Novellas and Short Stories
Anthologies edited
   Taps and Sighs (1989)
   Coast of Avon (1992)
   Narrow Houses (1992)
   Touch Wood (1993)
   Blue Motel (1994)
   Tales in Space (1995)
   Heaven Sent (1995) (with Martin H Greenberg)
   Tombs (1995) (with Edward E Kramer)
   Dante's Disciples (1996) (with Edward E Kramer)
   Destination Unknown (1996)
   Tales in Time (1997)
   Moon Shots (1999)
   Foursight (2000)
   Futures (2001)
   Infinities (2002)
   Mars Probes (2002)
   Constellations (2005)
   Fourbodings (2005)
   Forbidden Planets (2006)
   We Think, Therefore We Are (2008)
   Four For Fear (2012)
   New Worlds (2021) (with Nick Gevers)
Peter Crowther recommends
Escaping Purgatory (2001)
Gary A Braunbeck and Alan M Clark
"Escaping Purgatory is a real Fourth of July firecracker of a book. I hope you treat it with all the reverence it deserves. Stuff of this quality is far too thin on the ground for any of us to be complacent."
Head Injuries (1998)
Conrad Williams
"...beautiful prose in this brooding and mysterious tale... A first class novel."
AfterAge (1993)
Yvonne Navarro
"An epic tale ..manipulating and motivating her characters believably through a world that is almost too horrific to imagine..."

Anthologies containing stories by Peter Crowther
The Best of Cemetery Dance, Volume 2 (2020)
(Best of Cemetery Dance, book 2)
edited by
Richard Chizmar
Dark Mirages (2018)
edited by
Paul Kane

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