Christopher Fowler draws on the London he knows so well to recount the story of one man's descent into the depths - a classic, disturbing, fantastical fiction of darkening urban unease from the maverick mind behind the Bryant & May novels.
John Chapel is a statistician's dream: he's twenty-nine, has a loving wife and son, a comfortable home, and a promising career. Then he meets the stunningly beautiful, mysterious Ixora, and his life starts to change disturbingly.
He first sees her running across the rainswept steps of Waterloo Station. When they meet again, Ixora denies having been there. Odder still, John discovers her in a film containing exactly the same sequence. So begins a dreamlike relationship that escalates into a nightmare.
Despite his good intentions, John finds himself embarking on a passionate affair. But violence and death track the ill-fated couple as John risks his home, his career and his life to save Ixora from a horrific destiny. Now the subject of a police investigation, he finds himself trapped in a vortex of spreading evil which may claim his very soul...
First published in the early 90s, Red Bride confirmed Fowler's place at the vanguard of modern horror fiction.