Stephen Carver is a literary historian, freelance editor and occasional novelist. For sixteen years he taught literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia (where he also took his doctorate), spending three years in Japan as a Professor of English at the University of Fukui. He left UEA in 2012 to become Head of Online Courses at the Unthank School of Writing (a post he held until retiring from teaching in 2018) and to work with The Literary Consultancy in London, with whom he remains affiliated as a reader and mentor. Stephen is the biographer of the Victorian novelist W.H. Ainsworth, and has published extensively on gothic film and fiction. He has been the recipient of several national and international research grants – most notably two awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain – and is a member of the International Gothic Association and the British Association of Victorian Studies. His short stories have appeared in Not-Not, Cascando, Birdsuit, and Veto, and his first novel, Shark Alley: The Memoirs of a Penny-a-Liner, was published in 2016. This was followed by The Nineteenth Century Underworld: Crime, Controversy and Corruption (Pen & Sword History, 2018) while The Author Who Outsold Dickens: The Life and Work of W.H. Ainsworth (also published by Pen & Sword) is forthcoming early in 2020. Stephen is married with a young son; he likes old motorcycles, wild rockabilly, and anything to do with horror.