(8th) Neil McGowan


Neil McGowan grew up in Yorkshire before travelling around the world whilst working as a maintenance engineer on military aircraft, including five years in the Middle East during the second Gulf War. In 2006, he decided to change career and became an instructor in the prison service, teaching engineering and graphic design. He relocated to Scotland in 2013, where he now lives with his family on the east coast of Scotland, an area that inspires many of the settings in his writing.

The Surgeon was his first book, gaining 5 star reviews; his second novel, Nanobite, is a blend of sci-fi and horror and was released in 2013. It too has gained 5 star reviews and has been called ‘fang-tastic’, and ‘chillingly plausible.’ He is a prolific author of short fantasy and horror fiction, some stories of which were brought together in the short story collection Don't Drink the Water. He has published short stories in magazines and e-zines.

His current book is The Missing, a dark psychological thriller set in East Lothian. He is currently hard at work on the third of a series of Young Adult novels and a sequel to The Missing.

Neil is a member of the Federation of Writers (Scotland)