JOHN BOWIE BIO

John writes articles, reviews, short stories and novels. His fiction is a mix of dark crime noir and dirty realism. His writing has appeared online and in print for the likes of Bristol Noir, Storgy Magazine, Litro Magazine and Deadman’s Tome.  His story Milburn’s Last Class was shortlisted for the 2018 Storgy Flash Fiction Prize.

He grew up on the coast in rural Northumberland, a region steeped with a history of battles, Vikings, wars and struggles. These tales and myths fascinated him as a child, and then as an adult. In the mid to late nineties he studied in Salford enjoying the bands, music, clubs and general urban industrial-ness of Greater Manchester, including the club scene and the infamous Hacienda. He was also there when the IRA bomb went off in 1996.

John’s writing is a semi-autobiographical mix of dirty realism, crime fiction and noir. Ghostly references to a heritage that includes the Vikings, Scotland, Ireland and the North, flavour the words throughout, often with a dark but humoured edge.

Although inspired partly by 50s pulp hard-boiled detective fiction and the beat generation authors and poets, John aims to celebrate his female characters from his real life through his writing, whilst retaining the hard drinking, cynical honesty and accessible writing style of these genres.

‘Untethered’, the first book in the Black Viking P.I. series, is out now with Bristol Noir. 

Read Publishers Weekly’s review of Untethered – click here

Read an interview with Paul D. Brazill – click here

John lives in Bristol with his wife and daughter, where he has been since the late nineties. He is a professional designer, artist and writer as well as a proud husband, father, brother and son.

‘John Bowie’s ’90s set Untethered is a violent and intense read. Lyrical, moody, funny and as gritty as hell, Untethered is like a British blend of Jim Thompson and Nelson Algren.’ – Paul D. Brazill, author of Guns of Brixton
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