John Mangan was educated mostly by monks when he was young and now he is avowedly left wing, humanist and a believer in science not religion. He regards that as a successful education, one that taught him to think for himself.
Born in London, England of Irish parents he has lived for long periods in Sydney, Australia and the USA. He is now based in Norwich, Norfolk, a county he describes as "wonderfully spooky".
He holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from University College, London and an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. He has studied weird Fortean stuff most of his life and prefers sci-fi to “literary” fiction because it's the only fiction relevant to Now.
John is also an actor, trained at LAMDA, whose first professional appearence was at the Royal Court, London, in "Tufff..." by Bille Brown, directed by Diane Cilento
He has since played about 50 leading parts in over 60 stage productions including plays such as HITCHCOCK BLONDE (as Hitchcock) and musicals such as GUYS & DOLLS (Nicely-Nicely Johnson) & THE PRODUCERS (Max Bialystock).
He says he is an "actor who can sing a bit rather than the other way round".
He has produced precisely one film but produced and directed over twenty stage productions including THE BRYLCREEM BOYS at the Young Vic in London.
His film & TV credits are increasing rapidly as he has recently returned to full-time acting as well as writing. He is a member of British Actors Equity and of MENSA.
In his stories his protagonists experience love, hate, prison, betrayal, joy, despair, sin, redemption and worlds beyond the one we think is real.
John writes about what he knows.