Interview with Stephen Harker

First of all tell us a bit about yourself?
I was born in Sheffield in the UK and have lived here all my life. Its a great vibrant city and I've lived in just about all of it at one time or another! If you travel around Sheffield and talk to the locals you get a real spectrum of people with genuine characters. You can meet the really rich or really poor, the hard and the rough all the way through to the soft and the smooth so to speak.
There's also a great music scene here which has born great artists such as Jarvis Cocker, the Arctic Monkeys, Paul Carrack, Joe Cocker, Def Leopard, Richard Hawley, the list just goes on and on.
Tell us the stories behind your first books?
Well, the first deals mainly with the great old story between good and evil, but who will win? I can tell you that its never going to be a straight forward matter when I'm writing it. It's set largely in Sheffield so I hope that the city can really embrace it.
The reader will visit very familiar places and landmarks whilst also feeling in very real danger. It has an historical aspect too, as the story jumps from the present time all the way back to 1889 and even further. I had to really research the historical facts because I wanted to use factual events that have happened within the city over the years and weave my story around it.
I really hope that after reading this anyone walking around the city will look up and think, 'Oh that's where so and so happened', and 'If you walk down there, that's where the vampire lived.'
The second novel is a collection of short horror stories. I was really interested in hitting the reader with the fear straight away. Just high levels of drama and horror. I had lots of idea's simmering away and I just didn't want to wait forever to write them all. This was the best way of getting multiple, great quality stories out there in one novel.
What do you enjoy most about writing fiction?
I always love approaching a story as though I were watching a movie, but with the option of controlling the movie. For example, I ask myself what would I love to see happen in now? Then I write it out as I would want to see it on a large cinema screen, and have the characters convey their emotions through the written word. It's a longer process than seeing it in real time in my head, and then having to type it out effectively, but that's roughly how I process my idea's. Then when I read a chapter or scene back to myself and it has worked well, or really projected the atmosphere then I just think 'Fantastic!'
Who are your favorite authors?
Without naming particulars because there's so many, I can tell you what type of author I love. I think its brilliant when an author puts the reader right in the situation. When you sit there reading and thinking 'What the hell am I going to do now?' The character has killed someone with the murder weapon in his hand, there's blood everywhere and then there's a knock at the door, and immediately in your mind you go, 'Don't answer it, hide the body...' before you've even read the next part. That's the best writing style for me and it's what I try to emulate in my own way.
Whats next for you as an author?
Definitely more novels within the horror genre, but what that will be I don't know yet. I have some idea's but nothing solid at the moment. Keep an eye on my facebook and twitter pages, because I often put what's on my mind out there. As soon as I know, the fans will know!
Published 2014-02-04.
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Books by This Author

Tales By Candlelight: Stories of Terror, Horror & Woe
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,540. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A collection of stories that takes the reader on a terrifying journey into the mind of the author, Stephen Harker. Take a trip into a world where nightmares are real. Feel the blade, the warmth of the blood, the stench of the dead, and the touch of an other-worldly hand upon your shoulder. This is the experience that will shock and push the boundaries of the taboo. Are you ready? Then... read on.
A Vampire In Sheffield - The Journal Of William Thomas Abbott
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,990. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
James Brodie is the new owner of 'Abbott House'. It is there he discovers an old journal and a set of documents that speak of an ancient evil.The journal tells a tale of one man's love for his beloved being suddenley extinguished when she is torn from his arms and his heart by this hideous supernatural nocturn. James is compelled to find the truth behind the story. Soon the truth will find him.