Stephen Carver


Stephen Carver is a historian, editor, occasional novelist and recovering 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 Professor of English at the University of Fukui. He is presently Head of Online Courses at the Unthank School of Writing. Steve is the biographer of the Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth, and the author of Shark Alley: The Memoirs of a Penny-a-Liner, a historical novel about the wreck of the troopship Birkenhead. His short stories have appeared in Not-Not, Cascando, Birdsuit, and Veto, and he also blogs on literature and creative writing. He is currently working on a novel about Spiritualism, and a history of the 19th Century Underworld for Pen and Sword Books.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire I inherited from my wife when she upgraded, which I will figure out how to turn on at some point.
Describe your desk
You've seen those photographs of Einstein's desk, right? My desk is generally covered in piles of paper, empty coffee mugs and sometimes laundry. It has a device with a bell on it that rings every time I try to concentrate. I have PC speakers with water in them that dances about in LED light and a very old Anglepoise lamp. It's a flat pack desk, but very cool and ergonomic. I had an old-fashioned desk for many years - way back to student days - but it was killing my back. There's an action figure of the Metalunan Mutant from the movie This Island Earth that my son bought me for my birthday next to the phone. Dust lays as thick as fallen snow.
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The Empty Flat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
In the first of an irregular series of short gothic stories set in East Anglia, an unemployed loner is offered a council flat with a sinister history on the outskirts of a remote village. He cautiously befriends an elderly neighbour who reminds him of his father, but this new-found sense of security proves to be short-lived as the surrounding darkness encroaches…
Shark Alley: The Memoirs of a Penny-a-Liner
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 202,670. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Jack Vincent used to be somebody; now the only job he can get is on the HMS Birkenhead, the Victorian Titanic. Lost for over a century, Jack’s memoirs offer a history of the English novel that they don’t teach you in school, from his apprenticeship with the original Bill and Nancy to the boudoirs and brothels of Victorian London, while all the time his ship draws ever closer to Shark Alley…

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