I first became properly aware of this image when I saw it used as an enormous front-cloth in ‘Sweeney Todd’ … More The British Bee Hive
All articles by Christopher Fowler
My crime books deliberately use elderly leading characters, which leads to quite a lot of debate with readers. Somebody said … More Ageism Is An Old Idea
Buildings which were once open have now shuttered. Much of London has traditionally been hidden from view, but the city’s … More The Hiding Of London
Stars make love fully dressed and shrug off bullets as if they were mosquito bites One of the problems with … More Thinking About Film 2: Unreal & Over-Familiar
America’s prime serious documentarian is Errol Morris, a man who does not merely recount events to a timeline but who … More The Echo Of Wormwood
Thanks everyone for some interesting suggestions about what to do with Bryant & May for their twentieth excursion. Some of … More Bryant & May And The Exhausted Writer
Books. It’s meant to be about books. Specifically my books. At least, that was the plan at the start – … More How This Blog Ended Up As It Is
Into this fan frenzy steps muggins… Yesterday I was on a panel at London’s literary crime festival in the Grand Connaught … More Kicking Christie
In yesterday’s news, Donald Trump snubbed a climate change meeting to attend a prayer meeting. Belief, which once drove the … More Selling Snake Oil
The sun was starting to set here in Barcelona – it will set almost an hour earlier by the end … More The Next Bryant & May Novel Is Finished
Today’s story proves that I don’t make up my stories. Don’t you hate it when people thrust flyers at you … More Which Witch?
It’s been a week of such depressing news that I can’t even refer to the weather as glorious because it’s … More The Saturday Song
Writers suffer different levels of public amnesia. Chase’s name sounds familiar to many who have forgotten his books, perhaps because … More Shocking! Sensational!
There are a couple of books that have entirely vanished in my occasionally ropey oeuvre. One is ‘Breathe’, a small … More The Curse Of The Curse
You know when a suspense novel works because you tense up as you’re reading, so you should know when a … More Long Read: Should We Rewrite Books?
I thought it was time I revived the old ‘Invisible Ink’ column here with some more of the forgotten authors … More To Say Nothing Of The Dog
Phew, what a scorcher! The second hottest day in history may become the hottest tonight as the temperature is still … More The Day The Earth Caught Fire…Is Now
Some more gems from Brewer’s London Phrase & Fable… When it goes off and people start ‘avin’ a pop at … More London Fables 2
It must be frustrating for Adam Scovell. Having written a fascinating and insightful volume called ‘Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and … More ‘Midsommar’ And The Rise Of Folk Horror
So after all these years MAD magazine is closing down (except for a few back-catalogue-trawling specials). Of course it was … More What, Me Worry? Not Anymore.
I was recently asked to summarise the Bryant & May novels in a page. This is a great exercise for … More Bryant & May: New Readers Start Here
For a while now I’ve felt that one day, long, long after I am such stuff as dreams are made … More Bryant & May: Dream Casting
Following on from the ‘Spitfire’ post, here’s another odd radio memory kicked off by Ian Luck, who knows far too … More Lit Up
This grim-looking shot is not a corpse but something that used to be such a common sight around Hyde … More Weird & Wonderful London 6
Dexter Fletcher started out as an actor in blokey British gangster films and appeared in around 100 before turning director. … More Re:View – ‘Rocketman’