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Christopher Fowler


UK flag (1953 - 2023)

aka Chris Fowler, LK Fox

Christopher Fowler was born in Greenwich, London. He was the multi award-winning author of many novels and short story collections, and the author of the Bryant & May mysteries. His first bestseller was 'Roofworld'. Subsequent novels include 'Spanky', 'Disturbia', 'Psychoville' and 'Calabash'. He spent 25 years working in the film industry.

His collection 'Red Gloves', 25 new stories of unease, marked his first 25 years of writing. His memoir 'Paperboy' won the Green Carnation Award, and was followed by a 2nd volume, 'Film Freak'. Other novels include the dark comedy-thriller 'Plastic' and the haunted house chiller 'Nyctophobia'.

He wrote comedy and drama for BBC radio, including Radio One's first broadcast drama in 2005. He had a weekly column called 'Invisible Ink' in the Independent on Sunday. His graphic novel for DC Comics was the critically acclaimed 'Menz Insana'. His short story 'The Master Builder' became a feature film entitled 'Through The Eyes Of A Killer', starring Tippi Hedren and Marg Helgenberger. Among his awards were the Edge Hill prize 2008 for 'Old Devil Moon', and the Last Laugh prize 2009 for 'The Victoria Vanishes'.

Christopher achieved several pathetic schoolboy fantasies, releasing a terrible Christmas pop single, becoming a male model, writing a stage show, posing as the villain in a Batman graphic novel, running a night club, appearing in the Pan Books of Horror, and standing in for James Bond.

His short stories have appeared in Best British Mysteries, The Time Out Book Of London Short Stories, The Best Of Dark Terrors, London Noir, Neon Lit, Cinema Macabre, the Mammoth Book of Horror and many others. After living in the USA and France he married and lived in London's King's Cross and Barcelona.
 

Awards: CrimeFest (2023), CWA (2015), BFA (2008)  see all

Genres: Mystery, Horror, Young Adult Fantasy
 
New and upcoming books
Series
Bryant & May
   1. Full Dark House (2003)
   2. The Water Room (2004)
   3. Seventy-Seven Clocks (2005)
   4. Ten Second Staircase (2006)
   5. White Corridor (2007)
   6. The Victoria Vanishes (2008)
   7. On the Loose (2009)
   7.5. Bryant & May's Mystery Tour (2011)
   8. Off the Rails (2010)
   9. The Memory of Blood (2011)
   10. The Invisible Code (2012)
   10.5. The Casebook of Bryant May: The Soho Devil (2013)
   11. The Bleeding Heart (2014)
   11.5. Bryant & May and the Secret Santa (2015)
   12. The Burning Man (2015)
   12.5. London's Glory (2015)
   13. Strange Tide (2016)
   14. Wild Chamber (2017)
   15. Hall of Mirrors (2018)
   16. The Lonely Hour (2019)
   16.5. England's Finest (2019)
   17. Oranges and Lemons (2020)
   18. London Bridge is Falling Down (2021)
   18.5. Bryant & May's Peculiar London (2022)
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Novels
   Roofworld (1988)
   Rune (1990)
   Red Bride (1992)
   Darkest Day (1993)
   Spanky (1994)
   Psychoville (1995)
   Disturbia (1997)
   Menz Insana (1997)
   Soho Black (1998)
   Calabash (2000)
   Plastic (2003)
   Breathe (2004)
   The Curse of Snakes (2010) (as by Chris Fowler)
   Hell Train (2011)
   Nyctophobia (2014)
   The Sand Men (2015)
   Hellion: The Curse of Snakes (2016)
   Little Boy Found (2017) (as by LK Fox)
   Hot Water (2022)
   The Foot on the Crown (2024)
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Collections
   The Bureau of Lost Souls (1984)
   City Jitters (1986)
   More City Jitters (1988)
   Flesh Wounds (1989)
   Sharper Knives (1992)
   Personal Demons (1998)
   Uncut (1999)
   The Devil in Me (2001)
   Demonized (2004)
   Old Devil Moon (2007)
   Frightening (2017)
   Red Gloves (2017)
   Red Gloves, Volumes I & II (2017)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   Perfect Casting (1994)
   #ChooseThePlot (2014) (with Jane Casey and James Oswald)
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Non fiction show
 
Christopher Fowler recommends
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Something More Than Night (2021)
Kim Newman
"Kim Newman is the first to spot that between the worlds of Philip Marlowe and Frankenstein's monster is an LA-noir sweet spot where crime and horror overlap. His odd-couple pairing of Boris Karloff and Raymond Chandler is a genius crime-solving idea that pays off big time; hard-bitten, tender and a killer double bill for film lovers."
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The Bloodless Boy (2021)
(Hunt and Hooke, book 1)
Robert J Lloyd
"It’s extremely difficult to pull off a historical crime novel that manages to be accurate enough, exciting enough and smart enough to satisfy as thoroughly as The Bloodless Boy, but Robert J. Lloyd makes it look easy."
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The Book of Sand (2021)
Theo Clare
"A future classic that exists between darkness light. I was completely entranced by it."

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Books containing stories by Christopher Fowler
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Reports From the Deep End (2023)
Stories inspired by J. G. Ballard
edited by
Maxim Jakubowski and Rick McGrath
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Body Shocks (2021)
Extreme Tales of Body Horror
edited by
Ellen Datlow

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Awards
2023 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award : Bryant & May's Peculiar London
2016 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award : The Burning Man
2015 CWA Dagger in the Library
2013 CrimeFest: eDunnit Award : The Invisible Code
2009 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award : The Victoria Vanishes
2008 British Fantasy Award for Best Collection : Old Devil Moon
2005 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella : Breathe
2004 British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story : American Waitress
2004 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel : Full Dark House
1998 British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story : Wageslaves

Award nominations
2022 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award (nominee) : London Bridge is Falling Down
2021 Short Story Dagger (longlist) : Head Count
2021 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award (nominee) : Oranges and Lemons
2020 Short Story Dagger (shortlist) : The Washing
2020 Short Story Dagger (longlist) : Bryant and May and The Devil's Triangle
2020 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award (nominee) : The Lonely Hour
2019 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award (nominee) : Hall of Mirrors
2018 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award (nominee) : Wild Chamber
2015 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (shortlist) : The Bleeding Heart
2015 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award (nominee) : The Bleeding Heart
2013 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award (nominee) : The Invisible Code
2013 CWA Dagger in the Library (shortlist)
2012 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (shortlist) : The Memory of Blood
2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Single-Author Collection (nominee) : Red Gloves
2012 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award (nominee) : The Memory of Blood
2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story (nominee) : Beautiful Men
2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection (nominee) : Red Gloves
2009 Dilys Award for Best Book (nominee) : The Victoria Vanishes
2009 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Victoria Vanishes
2008 Shirley Jackson Award for Single-Author Collection (nominee) : Old Devil Moon
2008 British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story (nominee) : The Spider Kiss
2007 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection (nominee) : Old Devil Moon
2006 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Seventy-Seven Clocks
2005 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Water Room
2004 British Fantasy Award for Best Collection (nominee) : Demonized
2004 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection (nominee) : Demonized
2004 Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel (nominee) : Full Dark House
2002 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction (nominee) : The Green Man
1999 British Fantasy Award for Best Collection (nominee) : Personal Demons


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