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 and American literature at the University of Fukui. 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 and e-publication, and a reader and mentor for The Literary Consultancy in London.
Stephen has published extensively on gothic film and fiction, 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 (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. His short fiction has appeared in Not-Not, Cascando, Birdsuit and Veto, and he also runs the academic blog Ainsworth and Friends: Essays on 19th Century Literature and the Gothic, and a creative writing blog under his own name. He is very happily married to the artist Rachael ‘Gracie’ Carver, and the couple live in Norfolk with their young son, and far too many books and motorcycles. Stephen is presently working on a book entitled The 19th Century Underworld for Pen & Sword.