An Introduction to Christopher Fowler
There isn’t much that Christopher Fowler has turned his hand to and not succeeded at. Here at Dead Good, we know and love him for his wonderful detective duo Bryant and May, the Golden Age detectives in a modern world who have been labelled as contemporary crime fiction’s answer to Holmes and Watson. But if we delve back into Christopher’s career, we quickly discover that pretty much everything else he’s touched has turned to gold too.
Having worked as a copywriter at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency since leaving school, the self-confessed film obsessive founded The Creative Partnership when he was 26. This film advertising agency changed the face of UK and international film marketing, and gave Christopher the opportunity to work on some major films – including Reservoir Dogs, Trainspotting, Golden Eye, Moulin Rouge and 28 Weeks Later. He’s written for everyone, from the Spice Girls to Michael Caine, Julie Walters to John Cleese.
But that’s not all. In addition to working in the film industry, Christopher has also written and produced a play, created the ‘War of the Worlds’ video game from Paramount and written for a plethora of national newspapers: The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail – the list goes on and on. He’s written novels, short stories and even graphic novels across several genres, excelling in all of them, picking up numerous awards and attracting a cult following who – rightly so – can’t get enough of his work.
Personally, however, my favourite aspects of Christopher’s career concern the fulfilment of what is referred to on his website as ‘pathetic schoolboy fantasies’: amongst other achievements, he’s worked as a male model, run a nightclub, stood in for James Bond and even released a ‘really horrible’ Christmas single.
In short: what a man.