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Peter Crowther

UK (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 H 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.
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Anthologies containing stories by Peter Crowther

Short stories
In Country
Blue Christmas (1991)
Constant Companion (1992)
The Visitor (1992)
Fallen Angel (1993)
Morning Terrors (1994)
Bindlestiff (1995)
A Breeze from a Distant Shore (1995)
Conundrums to Guess (1995)
Home Comforts (1995)
The Invasion (1995)
Too Short a Death (1995)
The Bachelor (1996)
The Fairy Trap (1996)
Halfway House (1996)
Surface Tension (1996)
A Worse Place than Hell (1996)
The Killing of Davis-Davis (1997)
The Last Vampire (1997)
Palindromic (1997)
Safe Arrival (1997)
Three Plays a Quarter (1997)
Tomorrow Eyes (1997)
The Unbetrayable Reply (1997)
Elmer (1998)
Front-Page McGuffin and the Greatest Story Never Told (1998)
Some Burial Place, Vast and Dry (1998)
Cat On an Old School Roof (1999)
The Hand that Feeds [short story] (1999) (with James Lovegrove)British Fantasy Society (nominee)
Late Night Pick-up (1999)
Old Delicious Burdens (1999)
Setting Free the Daughters of Earth (1999)
Shatsi (1999)
Dream a Little Dream for Me... (2000)
Songs of Leaving [short story] (2000)
Bernard Boyce Bennington And the American Dream (2001)

British Fantasy Society Best Short Story nominee (1999) : The Hand that Feeds [short story]
British Fantasy Society Best Collection nominee (1999) : Lonesome Roads
British Fantasy Society Best Collection nominee (1999) : The Longest Single Note: And Other Strange Compositions
British Fantasy Society Best Collection winner (2000) : Lonesome Roads
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (2005) : Songs of Leaving

Peter Crowther recommends
AfterAge (1993)
Yvonne Navarro
"An epic tale ..manipulating and motivating her characters believably through a world that is almost too horrific to imagine..."
Head Injuries
Head Injuries (1998)
Conrad Williams
"...beautiful prose in this brooding and mysterious tale... A first class novel."
Escaping Purgatory
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."

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