Stephen Carver is a British writer, editor and academic. 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, established in 2010 by the literary agent Robin Jones and the novelist Ashley Stokes. He is also a senior partner in Green Door Design for Publishing, a family business specialising in book design, developmental editing and e-publication, and a reader and mentor for The Literary Consultancy in London.
Steve specialises in Romantic and Victorian literature, Narratology, and the Gothic, and is probably best known for his critical biography of the nineteenth century novelist William Harrison Ainsworth, The Life and Works of the Lancashire Novelist (New York: EMP, 2003). 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, has just been released as a book and an online serial. Steve is very happily married to the artist Gracie Carver, and the couple live in Norwich with their young son, Vincent, a little black cat called Sid and far too many books and motorcycles. He is currently working on a sequel to Shark Alley, and a history of the 19th Century Underworld for Pen and Sword Books.