John Bowie writes poetry, short stories and novels. His 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 humoured edge.
His work has appeared online and in print for the likes of Close to the Bone, Red Dog Press, Bristol Noir, Storgy Magazine, Litro Magazine, Punk Noir Magazine, Necro Magazine and Deadman’s Tome.
John 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 now lives in Bristol with his wife and daughters, 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.
He is the founder, curator and editor-in-chief of Bristol Noir.
Untethered and Transference, from John’s Black Viking Thriller series, are out now with Red Dog Press with follow-ups due throughout 2021.
His poetry collection, Dead Birds & Sinking Ships (Little Tales of Melancholy Madness) is slated for June 2021 with Close to the Bone Publishing.
A collection, Tainted Hearts & Dirty Hellhounds curated by and including John’s work, is slated for 2021.
His pulp-noir novel Weston-super-Nightmare (Hellbent Riff Raff Thriller #1) was released in March 26th, 2021, with Close to the Bone.