About Dr Stephen Carver

Steve Carver Ph.D

Stephen Carver is a literary historian, 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 an associate-professor of English at the University of Fukui between 2002 and 2005. He left UEA in 2012 to become Head of Online Courses at the Unthank School of Writing, a subsidiary of the independent publishing house Unthank Books, and to work with The Literary Consultancy in London.

Steve specialises in the long 19th century and the Gothic, and is probably best known as the biographer of the Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth. 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. He also writes fiction and blogs on creative writing. 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 released as a book and an online serial in 2016. Steve is married to the graphic designer, Gracie Carver, and the couple live in Norfolk with their young son and far too many books and motorcycles. He has just completed a history of the 19th century underworld for Pen & Sword and is now working on a follow-up.


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