ANTHONY HOROWITZ, OBE (born 5 April 1955) is an English novelist and
screenwriter specialising in mystery and suspense. His work for young
adult readers includes
The Diamond Brothers series, the Alex Rider
The Power of Five series (a.k.a. The Gatekeepers). His
work for adults includes the novel and play Mindgame (2001), and two
He has also written for television, contributing scripts to ITV 's Agatha Christie\'s Poirot and Midsomer Murders . He was the creator and writer of the ITV series Foyle\'s War , Collision and Injustice .
* 1 Background and personal life
* 2 Writing career
* 2.1 1994–present * 2.2 Writing for television and film
* 3 Bibliography
* 3.1 Groosham Grange * 3.2 Alex Rider * 3.3 The Diamond Brothers * 3.4 Pentagram * 3.5 The Power of Five (The Gatekeepers) * 3.6 Other novels * 3.7 Adult novels * 3.8 Collections * 3.9 Edge: Horowitz Graphic Horror * 3.10 Graphic novels * 3.11 Films * 3.12 Television series
* 4 References * 5 External links
BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL LIFE
Horowitz was born in
In at least one interview, Horowitz claims to believe that H. P. Lovecraft based his fictional Necronomicon on a real text, and to have read some of that text.
Horowitz's father was associated with some of the politicians in the
"circle" of prime minister
Horowitz now lives in Central London with his wife Jill Green, whom
he married in
Anthony Horowitz's first book, The Sinister Secret of Frederick K Bower, was a humorous adventure for children, published in 1979 and later reissued as Enter Frederick K Bower. In 1981 his second novel, Misha, the Magician and the Mysterious Amulet was published and he moved to Paris to write his third book. In 1983 the first of the Pentagram series, The Devil's Door-Bell, was released. This story saw Martin Hopkins battling an ancient evil that threatened the whole world. Only three of four remaining stories in the series were ever written: The Night of the Scorpion (1984), The Silver Citadel (1986) and Day of the Dragon (1986). In 1985 he released Myths and Legends, a collection of retold tales from around the world.
In between writing these novels, Horowitz turned his attention to legendary characters, working with Richard Carpenter on the Robin of Sherwood television series, writing five episodes of the third season. He also novelised three of Carpenter's episodes as a children's book under the title Robin Sherwood: The Hooded Man (1986). In addition, he created Crossbow (1987), a half-hour action adventure series loosely based on William Tell .
In 1988, Groosham Grange was published. This book went on to win the 1989 Lancashire Children's Book of the Year Award. It was partially based on the years Horowitz spent at boarding school. Its central character is a thirteen-year-old "witch", David Eliot, gifted as the seventh son of a seventh son . Like Horowitz's, Eliot's childhood is unhappy. The Groosham Grange books are aimed at a slightly younger audience than Horowitz's previous books.
This era in Horowitz's career also saw Adventurer (1987) and Starting Out (1990) published. However, the most major release of Horowitz's early career was The Falcon\'s Malteser (1986). This book was the first in the successful Diamond Brothers series, and was filmed for television in 1989 as Just Ask for Diamond , with an all star cast that included Bill Paterson, Jimmy Nail, Roy Kinnear, Susannah York, Michael Robbins and Patricia Hodge, and featured Colin Dale and Dursley McLinden as Nick and Tim Diamond. It was followed in 1987 with Public Enemy Number Two , and by South by South East in 1991 followed by The French Confection , I Know What You Did Last Wednesday , The Blurred Man and most recently The Greek Who Stole Christmas .
Horowitz wrote many stand-alone novels in the 1990s. 1994's Granny, a
comedy thriller about an evil grandmother, was Horowitz's first book
in three years, and it was the first of three books for an audience
similar to that of Groosham Grange. The second of these was The
Switch, a body swap story, first published in 1996. The third was
The Devil and His Boy , which is set in the
Horowitz began his most famous and successful series in the new
millennium with the
Alex Rider novels. These books are about a
14-year-old boy becoming a spy , a member of the British Secret
Service branch MI6. There are ten books where
Alex Rider is the
protagonist, and an eleventh is connected to the
Alex Rider series
(although not part of it) :
In 2003, Horowitz also wrote three novels featuring the Diamond Brothers: The Blurred Man, The French Confection and I Know What You Did Last Wednesday , which were republished together as Three of Diamonds in 2004. The author information page in early editions of Scorpia and the introduction to Three of Diamonds claimed that Horowitz had travelled to Australia to research a new Diamond Brothers book, entitled Radius of the Lost Shark. However, this book has not been mentioned since, so it is doubtful it is still planned. A new Diamond Brothers "short" book entitled The Greek who Stole Christmas! was later released. It is hinted at the end of The Greek who Stole Christmas that Radius of the Lost Shark may turn out to be the eighth book in the series.
In 2004, Horowitz branched out to an adult audience with The Killing Joke , a comedy about a man who tries to track a joke to its source with disastrous consequences. Horowitz's second adult novel, Magpie Murders, is about "a whodunit writer who is murdered while he's writing his latest whodunit". Having previously spoken about the book in 2005, Horowitz expected to finish it in late 2015, and it was published in October 2016.
In August 2005, Horowitz released a book called Raven\'s Gate which began another series entitled The Power of Five (The Gatekeepers in the United States). He describes it as " Alex Rider with witches and devils". The second book in the series, Evil Star , was released in April 2006. The third in the series is called Nightrise , and was released on 2 April 2007. The fourth book Necropolis was released in October 2008. The fifth and last book was released in October 2012 and is named Oblivion.
For the series The Power of Five, Pentagram required five books for story development, but Horowitz completed only four: The Devil's Door-bell (Raven\'s Gate ), The Night of the Scorpion (Evil Star ), The Silver Citadel ( Nightrise ) and Day of the Dragon (Necropolis ). Horowitz was clearly aiming for the same audience that read the Alex Rider novels with these rewrites, and The Power of Five has gained more public recognition than his earlier works, earning number 1 in the top 10 book chart.
In October 2008, Anthony Horowitz's play Mindgame opened Off Broadway
at the Soho Playhouse in New York City. Mindgame starred Keith
Carradine , Lee Godart, and Kathleen McNenny. The production was the
New York stage directorial debut for
On 19 January 2011, the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle announced that
Horowitz was to be the writer of a new
Horowitz was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to literature.
WRITING FOR TELEVISION AND FILM
Horowitz began writing for television in the 1980s, contributing to the children's anthology series Dramarama , and also writing for the popular fantasy series Robin of Sherwood . His association with murder mysteries began with the adaptation of several Hercule Poirot stories for ITV 's popular Agatha Christie\'s Poirot series during the 1990s.
Often his work has a comic edge, such as with the comic murder anthology Murder Most Horrid (BBC Two, 1991) and the comedy-drama The Last Englishman (1995), starring Jim Broadbent . From 1997, he wrote the majority of the episodes in the early series of Midsomer Murders . In 2001, he created a drama anthology series of his own for the BBC, Murder in Mind, an occasional series which deals with a different set of characters and a different murder every one-hour episode.
He is also less-favourably known for the creation of two short-lived
and sometimes derided science-fiction shows ,
He devised the 2009 ITV crime drama Collision and co-wrote the screenplay with Michael A. Walker .
Horowitz is the writer of a feature film screenplay, The Gathering ,
which was released in 2003 and starred
Christina Ricci . He wrote the
screenplay for Alex Rider's first major motion picture,
* Groosham Grange (1988) * The Unholy Grail (also released as Return to Groosham Grange) (1990)
THE DIAMOND BROTHERS
* The Falcon\'s Malteser (1986) * Public Enemy Number Two (1987) * South By South East (1991) * The Blurred Man (2003) * The French Confection (2003) * I Know What You Did Last Wednesday (2003) * The Greek Who Stole Christmas (2008)
* The Devil's Door-Bell (1983) * The Night of the Scorpion (1983) * The Silver Citadel (1986) * Day of the Dragon (1989)
THE POWER OF FIVE (THE GATEKEEPERS)
* Raven\'s Gate (2005) * Evil Star (2006) * Nightrise (2007) * Necropolis (2008) * Oblivion (2012)
* Enter Frederick K Bower (1978) * The Sinister Secret of Frederick K Bower (1979) * Misha, the Magician and the Mysterious Amulet (1981) * Robin of Sherwood: The Hooded Man (1986) (with Richard Carpenter ) * Adventurer (1987) * New Adventures of William Tell (1987) * Starting Out (1990) * Granny (1994) * The Switch (1996) * The Devil and His Boy (1998)
* William S. (1999) * Mindgame (2001) (adapted later as a play) * The Killing Joke (2004) * The House of Silk (2011) * Moriarty (2014) * Trigger Mortis (2015) * Magpie Murders (2016) * The Word is Murder (2017)
* Myths and Legends (1985) * Battles and Quests * Heroes and Villains * Beasts and Monsters * Death and the Underworld * Tricks and Transformations * The Wrath of the Gods * Horowitz Horror (1999) * More Horowitz Horror (2001) * The Kingfisher Book of Myths and Legends (2003) * Three of Diamonds (2004) * More Bloody Horowitz (2009)
EDGE: HOROWITZ GRAPHIC HORROR
* The Phone Goes Dead (2010) * Scared (2010) * Killer Camera (2010) * The Hitchhiker (2010)
Robin of Sherwood (1986) – 5 episodes
* Boon (1987) – Episode Wheels of Fortune
* Crossbow (1987) – Episode The Little Soldier
* Dramarama (1989) – Episode Back to Front
* Agatha Christie\'s Poirot (1991–2001) – 11 episodes
Midsomer Murders (1997–2000) – 6 episodes
* ^ "Horowitz, Anthony, 1907-". Library of Congress. Retrieved 1
May 2015. (Anthony Horowitz) CIP data sheet (b. April 5, 1955)
* ^ A B C D Purdon, Fiona (14 November 2008). "
* Children\'s literature