About Bristol Noir

Bristol Noir is an independent e-zine specialising in crime and dark fiction full of dirty realism, founded by Bristol-based author, designer and artist John Bowie.

Bristol Noir evolved out of John’s constant need to write and create. Inspired by the writing of Bukowski, the grit of the city and a longing for the harsh landscapes of his Northumberland home, it finally arrived in 2017.

Initially set up as a creative outlet, for writing and artwork, it has rapidly grown into its own publishing label. Bristol Noir is proud to support existing and new writers that don’t necessarily fit into the mainstream crime sections. Through its e-zine, it aims to publish fiction, short stories and highlight exciting writers within the genre.

John, why the name Bristol Noir?

Firstly, Bristol has been home for over twenty years now. I love the city, which is now frequently touted as the best place to live in the country. But it’s not always been so cosmopolitan and attractive! There’s a wealth of dark, intriguing history and folklore woven throughout the city. From the myth of the ‘human skin’ door of The Hatchet pub to the grizzly tales of the Blood and Butchery tours (which hinted at a dead body buried worryingly close to my house!), there’s so much noir to draw upon.


We welcome submissions of artwork, short stories, flash fiction or reviews. Find out how to submit to Bristol Noir.


Please contact us via email at enquiries@bristolnoir.co.uk.

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