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Psychoville Paperback – 12 Oct 1995

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  • Paperback: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; 1st edition (12 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751514322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751514322
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Fowler was born in Greenwich, London. He is 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 new novels include the dark comedy-thriller 'Plastic' and the haunted house chiller 'Nyctophobia'.

He has written comedy and drama for BBC radio, including Radio One's first broadcast drama in 2005. He has 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 are the Edge Hill prize 2008 for 'Old Devil Moon', and the Last Laugh prize 2009 for 'The Victoria Vanishes'.

Christopher has 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 is now married and lives in London's King's Cross and Barcelona.

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The satirical scalpel with which he disects the body politic of bourgeois surbubia is as sharp as a Sabatier knife - essential reading. (TIME OUT)

Fowler's book is ghoulishly irresistable. He makes a magnetic story. (THE TIMES)

A writer of extraordinary imagination. With devastating insight, Fowler proves that horror can be far closer to home than things that go bump in the night. (SUNDAY EXPRESS)

With a superb twist, this hilarious and chilling novel is a masterpiece of baroque brilliance. (THE LIST) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Christopher Fowler is the creative director of a film promotion company and lives in London. He is the author of the novels ROOFWORLD, RUNE, RED BRIDE, DARKEST DAY, SPANKY, PSYCHOVILLE and DISTURBIA and of the short story collections CITY JITTERS, THE BUREAU OF LOST SOULS, SHARPER KNIVES and FLESH WOUNDS

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
This novel is incredible. I picked it up by chance in my local library three years ago, and, after flicking through a few pages, immediately fell in love with Fowler's uncompromising style. Unafraid to tackle issues such as poverty, brutality and victimisation, he allows his characters to speak their minds with a stark, upfront voice, yet deals sensitively with the theme of nostalgia which runs throughout the book. The plot is original and, while the first half of the novel plays upon everyman's childhood fears and insecurities, the second half brings much-desired revenge for both the main character and also vicariously for the reader. The characters are visceral and frighteningly human, while the quotations at the beginning of each chapter add an intellectual depth to the storyline of this 'horror' novel. Indeed, one soon learns that the true horror of 'Psychoville' lies in the fact that the events could actually be lifted straight from one's local newspaper. The crucial thing about this book however, is the way it makes the reader feel. Virtually anyone who samples Fowler's masterpiece will identify with at least some of the characters' experiences, therefore making the text more powerful and the finale more darkly satisfying. 'Psychoville' has affected me personally in a way I cannot describe; it marked a turning point in my life just when I was experiencing a similar hell to which young Billy March suffers in the first part of the novel. The empathy I felt with his thoughts and emotions, and the compelling, disturbing way in which Fowler writes urged me to read the book a further five times (per year!), and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys an intelligently gruesome read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2000
Format: Paperback
Probably my favourite novel by Christopher Fowler. The first half will have you in tears, the second cheering. Great story, warped humour and the customary violent deaths. Great stuff. Can this man do no wrong?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Iain R. Wear on 16 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
Sometimes, finding a new author can be like falling in love. You just know, not far into the first book, that you've found someone you want to be spending a lot of time with, and that you'll be with them for life. And you remember that first meeting forever. It had happened to me before with Stephen King, and it's happened since with Christopher Brookmyre. But with Christopher Fowler it was different. It was love at first sight, and it was a love destined to last. This was true love, and I fell hard.

It happened in Ottakars bookshop in Enfield town on a cold Saturday afternoon in late November 1997. I was trying to get Christmas presents for family, and shouldn't have been spending money on myself. But there I was, already fairly laden, looking for something to read from the horror section. As usual, actually. They had no Stephen King books I hadn't already read at least twice, and nothing by Koontz really appealed at that point in time. But then I spotted this one. With its' bright cover and attractive sounding blurb, it seemed right. But then on the first page, I found the kick; a review quote from i-d magazine comparing Fowler to King. Sold, one!

But why was that enough for me to fall in love?

When you turn to the prologue of any book to find it entitled "How to increase the validity of your opinions with explosives", you feel that you're in for a fun time. First impressions can sometimes be wrong, but that wasn’t to be true in this case.

It's 1985, and the March family are down on their luck like never before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
This is my first book on this author and I am impressed. This book is nicely divided into 2 parts where the first part deals with a family's attempt to fit in a neighbourhood and prejudice by their neighbours. This section is so well-written that I really feel sorry for this family and actually want some retribution! The second part of the book deals with just that -- revenge. But, alas, this second part of the story is a little too abrupt and rushed -- as if the writer just wants to deal with the revenge issue and get it over with. Nevertheless, I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2000
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Just brilliant would recommend it to anyone. One of those you can't put down and talk about far too much in the pub, to the point that your friends think you are going quite mad, over a book, for god's sake.
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By cartoon on 19 July 2011
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I love this book. It starts with a bleak Ballardesque view of growing up in the suburbs as Billy March and his family are forced to live in a plastic middle class new town .Then the second half of the story concerns revenge and redeption , as a kitsch killing spree takes place in the same town . Grusome and yet delightful at the same time . I love it when April makes the gravy by using her vibrator . Bizarre , kinky , cartoonish and horrific. A perfect afternoon read .
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