Calabash 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 crumbling pier and the grumbling pensioners, of finding a place where he is appreciated, but it's the one thing he can't do. Until he discovers a faraway land with characters who are impossibly exotic, but strangely familiar. In the kingdom of Calabash he can have everything he's ever wanted from life. There's only one small problem. Calabash doesn't actually exist. In an England that's still hungover from the 60s, Kay finds it all too easy to retreat from reality. Everyone in Cole Bay expects him to conform, but Kay is prepared to risk everything to find out what makes him different, what his life really holds, and what will happen if he believes in the impossible... Christopher Fowler's warm-hearted new novel takes place at the most painful point of growing up, where dreams are broken but where everyone gets one last chance to be free.
Paperback - Serpents Tail (2004)
The Devil in Me A teacher loses one of her pupils somewhere in the London Underground. A catwalk model reveals the grisly secret of looking good. Slacker friends are forced into action over an accidental murder. A bomb's aftershock is felt fifty years later. Sex toys become instruments of fate. The suburbs are besieged, star scandals are revealed, epic tragedy turns to triumph and a cry for help flares briefly in the night...
Black comedy, high farce, dark revelations - they all go to make up Christopher Fowler's overfull collection of immoral tales. 'Fowler hides a powerful narrative in a slyly experimental text to superb effect' Time Out
'Gothic stories in a realist vain, a technique that allows Fowler to explore the pathologies of everyday life and remind us that people are much weirder than they're meant to be. Ian McEwan used to mine a similar seam; Fowler does it better' Arena
'Fowler's imagination is capable of great tenderness, too. Spliced with a narrative restlessness that keeps readers on their toes, these deadly funny stories are like short sharp shocks of adrenaline administered to the unsuspecting in the deepest of night' Metro
British Pbk Original - Serpents Tail (1998)
Personal Demons `Here you will find horror, fantasy, reality and humour; there’s hardly any blood, and only a few deaths. I rarely write anything as dark as the real lives we lead.’ Christopher Fowler
A hotel offers a taboo service for its troubled clients. A young man must wind a thousand clocks before sunset. A vampire library attacks its reader. A shy young man loses a dog and discovers the cutlery of the Marquis de Sade. A lottery winner soon wishes he hadn’t won. Deranged office workers take over a building.
Incarceration, incantations, revenge, romance and the end of the world - twice. Personal Demons are Christopher Fowler’s tales of the macabre, the fantastic and the wilder side of modern urban living. They reflect the rich and various literary talents of a writer called ‘ghoulishly irresistible’ by The Times. 'Compulsive - gruesome, gory and great fun’ Time Out
Soho Black It's the start of a long, hot week in London's creative square mile... Richard Tyler, a stressed-out Soho film executive with a collapsing career and an unfaithful wife, needs to cut a deal before indebted loan sharks start to cut him... Lucas Fox, a young film runner, is searching for the girl of his dreams, but tangles with the same loan sharks when they turn body-snatchers... Australian backpacker Malcolm Cotton hits the big time in Soho, but winds up dead in a tube station filled with butterflies... And graphic designer Judy Merrigan falls in love with her charismatic Soho neighbour - only to discover the deadly power of his charms.
None of these people knows it, but they're all connected by a bizarre plague sweeping London. And their collision course comes closer when Richard gets a pain in his chest, and dies. But he won't lie down. Although he is literally falling apart at the seams, he has far too much work to do...
Paperback - Warner (1997)
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- one of the greatest talents the horror industry has produced for some time… (Black Tears) Christopher Fowler caused a sensation with the publication of his best-selling novel Spanky.
'Compulsive ... Gruesome, gory and great fun' Time Out
'The hippest and sharpest horror writer around' i-D
then came... Psychoville
'With devastating insight. Fowler proves that horror can be far closer to home than things that go bump in the night A writer of extraordinary imagination' Sunday Express
'Ghoulishly irresistible' The Times
now there's more… Disturbia
It's 2am and Vincent Reynolds is running for his life though the stormswept London streets. He's discovered a secret and wants to tell the world - if he can stay alive till dawn.
His adversary - an English gentleman obsessed with puzzles. Playing his deadliest game.
His allies - a motley crew of insomniacs, misfits and street people.
His only hope - to discover the solutions to ten lethal challenges that will lead him, from dusk till daybreak, through the nightlife of a secret city hidden even to its inhabitants… 'Magnificent ... possibly one of the most convincing London novels ever' Interzone