British novelist, born in London. His early fiction tended towards the bizarre and neo‐Gothic: Blood and Water (1988) is a sometimes lurid collection of short stories. The Grotesque (1989) is a morally serious parody of English Gothic fiction, and Spider (1990) is a disconcerting account of a schizophrenic's return to the scene of his brutal London childhood. His subsequent novels show him moving beyond the Gothic genre. Dr Haggard's Disease (1993) and Asylum (1996) are both studies in romantic obsession: the latter, in a tour de force of unreliable narration, tells of a psychiatrist, Peter Cleave, whose colleague's wife becomes destructively infatuated with one of his most dangerous patients. The film version of Asylum (2005) was scripted by Patrick Marber.