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 an associate-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, and to work with The Literary Consultancy in London. Steve specialises in narratology, the long nineteenth century and the gothic, subjects about which he has published extensively. He is the biographer of the Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth, and his first novel, Shark Alley, was published in 2016. His short stories have appeared in Not-Not, Cascando, Birdsuit, and Veto. Stephen has been the recipient of several national and international research grants – most notably 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 has just completed a history of the nineteenth century underworld for Pen & Sword (forthcoming October 2018), and is presently under contract for a follow-up project on Ainsworth and Dickens. Stephen is married with a young son; he likes old motorcycles, wild rockabilly, and anything to do with horror.