Educated at Leeds University, the author began his journalistic
career in provincial newspapers, eventually becoming a crime
reporter in Birmingham where he covered the Handsworth riots and
several murders. Moving to London in 1986, he worked for both
national newspapers and Thames TV on a freelance basis.
appeared in every national newspaper from the Daily Mirror to
The Independent before he accepted a regular post at the Sunday
Mirror. As an investigative journalist, he was shot at in the
desert in California, set on fire with NATO troops in the Arctic
and atacked by gangsters in Brighton. Following a brief spell
working for an American magazine in Florida and Los Angeles, he
became Music Editor and Senior Feature Writer at the now-defunct
Today newspaper and then took up a post with the Daily Mail.
Chadbourn turned freelance in 1992 to write for a range of
national newspapers and magazines - including Empire, Select,
You!, Marie Claire and Discovery among others - and to write a
regular column for the Daily Express Magazine. He also worked
as a journalist for BBC TV's Good Morning programme.
Away from journalism, Chadbourn has worked as a fitter's
mate at a power station, toilet cleaner and a Marmite production
line worker, as well as running the independent record company,
Faith, and managing bands, including one top five chart act.
His writing career began in 1990 when his first published short story
won the Best New Author award in Fear magazine. It was followed
by the publication of his first novel, Underground (Piatkus)
in 1992. His second novel, Nocturne (Gollancz, 1994) was nominated
for Best Novel in the prestigious British Fantasy Society Awards. The
Eternal (Gollancz, 1996), Scissorman (Gollancz, 1997) and
the non-fiction study of the paranormal, Testimony (Gollancz,
1996) followed. More recently, the series The Age of Misrule (World's
End, 1999; Darkest Hour, 2000; Always Forever, 2001)
was followed by The Dark Age (The Devil In Green, 2002; The
Queen of Sinister, 2004; with The
Hounds of Avalon in 2005). These two series were interspersed
with the novellas The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke (2002) and
Doctor Who: Wonderland (2003).
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