Barry Forshaw is a writer, broadcaster, and journalist whose books include British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia, The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, Brit Noir, British Gothic Cinema, Nordic Noir, Sex and Film, Euro Noir, Death in a Cold Climate: Scandinavian Crime Fiction and BFI Classics: War of the Worlds along with books on Italian cinema, film noir and the first UK biography of Stieg Larsson, The Man Who Left Too Soon.

He has written on books and films for many newspapers and magazines; he also edits Crime Time and is one of the talking heads for the ITV Crime Thriller author profiles. He records documentaries on crime fiction and film for a variety of BBC producers for both TV and radio, along with much work for foreign broadcasters.

He has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association. As well as his specialist area of books (in most genres), he writes on film (booklets for special edition DVDs) and all aspects of the arts (popular and serious). He is winner of the Keating Award for Non-Fiction for British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood)


In a previous career he was an illustrator, working for both The Natural History Museum and Jackie.

Books in order of publication:

Italian Cinema: Arthouse to Exploitation – 2006

The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction – 2007

British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia – 2008

British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia [Volume Two] – 2009

The Man Who Left Too Soon – 2010

ACG Collected Works: Adventures Into The Unknown, Vol. 1 – 2011

Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction – 2012

Guns for Hire: The Modern Adventure Thriller – 2012

British Crime Film: Subverting the Social Order – 2012

Nordic Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, Film TV – 2013

The Silence of the Lambs – 2013

British Gothic Cinema – 2013

Euro Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to European Crime Fiction, Film & TV: The Pocket Essential Guide to European Crime Fiction, Film & TV – 2014

Alicia: My Battle with Wegener’s Disease – 2014

The War of the Worlds – 2014

Crime Uncovered: Detective – 2015

Sex and Film: The Erotic in British, American and World Cinema – 2015

Brit Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to the Crime Fiction, Film & TV of the British Isles – 2016

American Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to US Crime Fiction, Film TV – 2017

Historical Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to Fiction, Film TV – 2018

Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide – 2020