Stephen Leather is one of the UK’s most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan “Spider’ Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country’s most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. He has sold more than a million eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website www.stephenleather.com
When did you first start writing?
As a kid. My uncle was a TV screenwriter and did shows like The Avengers, Department S, Danger Man, Randall and Hopkierk (Deceased). He went on to write a few thrillers, too. I guess I always wanted to be like him. I tried writing fiction at school and again at university but wasn't any good at it. It was only after I'd worked as a journalist for ten years that I had the necessary skills to write a novel. They say that it takes 10,000 hours to acquire any skill and I definitely believe that's true in the case of writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My regular publisher had consistently turned down several of my books, so they languished in my desk drawer and then on various hard drives. When ePublishing came onto the scene I was in the perfect position to take advantage of it. I had a backlist that was already selling well, I had two new books a year being published by Hodder and Stoughton, and I had new novels that I could publish myself. I started self publishing in the summer of 2010 and with six months I had three self-published eBook bestsellers on my hands - Once Bitten, The Basement and Dreamer's Cat. In the first year alone I sold more than half a million eBooks and now my total eBook sales are close to two million.
Children are killing themselves across the State of Tennessee. Is it a horrible coincidence, or are dark forces at work? When supernatural detective Jack Nightingale learns that there is a mysterious list of children who are at risk, he takes the case, spurred on by the fact that he knows one of the names and that makes it personal.
Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate an App that allows a demon from Hell to cause havoc on Earth. Knock Knock is a fast-paced supernatural story about 14,000 words long, featuring his long-suffering assistant Jenny McLean and his nemesis, the demon Proserpine.
Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale gets called in to deal with a particularly nasty case of possession. But he can't do the exorcism alone - for that he needs the help of a priest. A very special priest. But Father O'Grady is all too well aware of the dangers of tangling with demons and he's going to need some persuading. Possession is a fast-paced supernatural story of almost 11,000 words.
Fortune telling can be a hit and miss business at the best of times, but when a mysterious set of Tarot cards starts to change the future and not predict it, Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate. He soon realises that there is more to the cards than meets the eye and that his own future is looking very bleak indeed. The Cards is a fast-paced supernatural story of 10,000 words.
Jack Nightingale gets lost in North Carolina and finds himself a reluctant attendee at a serial killer convention. Long dead serial killers are appearing before adoring fans, but it doesn't take them long to realise that Nightingale is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Wrong Turn is a fast-paced supernatural story of 14,000 words.
Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale is sent to investigate a haunted house, but soon discovers that it isn't just a ghost causing mayhem. The Mansion is a fast-paced supernatural story about 10,000 words long.
Jack Nightingale thought he was on vacation, driving around America's most haunted sites to get the feel for the supernatural side of his adopted country. But when a child's doll appears in the middle of the road, the vacation comes to an abrupt end and Nightingale finds himself fighting for his life. The Doll is a fast-paced supernatural story about 10,000 words long.
Jack Nightingale knows the dangers of doing a deal with a devil, but sometimes beggars can't be choosers. And when his nemesis Proserpine comes up from the bowels of Hell to ask for a favour, he has no choice other to help. Which is why the supernatural detective finds himself going up against The Undead, and putting his own life on the line.
A mysterious woman has been prowling around a derelict mental asylum hacking victims to death with an axe. A TV crew goes in to investigate and supernatural detective Jack Nightingale goes in with them. But the truth is more shocking than any of them realise, and not everyone will get out alive.
Someone - or something - is killing people in the Everglades and eating them. Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale is sent to investigate and discovers that the murders are only a taste of what is to come.
Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate a case of murder and mutilation that appears to have been done by children. Mysterious black-eyed children. And the murder is only a taste of the horror that is to come.
Teenagers are being possessed and turning into sadistic murderers. Priests can’t help, nor can psychiatrists. So who is behind the demonic possessions? Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate, and finds his own soul is on the line.
An action-packed short story featuring Dan “Spider” Shepherd during his days in the SAS. In Planning Pack he is in the Arabian desert taking on a group of dangerous terrorists. The short story also appears in the collection Spider Shepherd: SAS Volume 2.
An action-packed short story featuring Dan “Spider” Shepherd before he joined the SAS. On active service as a paratrooper in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995, he realises that the SAS is where he belongs. This story is also available in the collection Spider Shepherd: SAS Volume 1.
Jack Nightingale was always happier dealing with criminal cases or even divorce than he was with matters of the supernatural. So when a client came with a simple request to uncover the meaning behind her father’s last words, he was happy enough to take the case. Little did he know that the investigation would lead him to one of the vilest demons to ever walk through the gates of Hell.
Jack Nightingale fights his battles in the shadows – in the grey areas where the real world meets the supernatural. But when he arrives in San Francisco to take on a group of Satanists bent on opening a doorway to Hell, the danger is out in the open and all too real. This is the sixth book in the Jack Nightingale series.
Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate when an old man appears to have been hit by a train on an abandoned railway line. But there hasn't been a train there in more than fifty years. So what killed the old man? As Nightingale investigates, he realises that there are dark forces at work and his own life is on the line.
Six Spider Shepherd short stories in one volume by bestselling author Stephen Leather. The short stories are Hard Targets, Natural Selection, Narrow Escape, Warning Order, Hostile Territory and Rough Diamonds and all feature Dan "Spider" Shepherd whose adventures have been Sunday Times bestsellers.
The second volume of six Spider Shepherd short stories in one volume by bestselling author Stephen Leather. The short stories are Personal Protection, The Rope, Planning Pack, Friendly Fire, Dead Drop and Kill Zone and feature Dan "Spider" Shepherd whose adventures have been Sunday Times bestsellers.
Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate a young girl who appears to be possessed by an evil spirit. My Name Is Lydia is about 10,000 words, about thirty pages, perfect if you have half an hour to spare.
Four free short stories from bestselling author Stephen Leather, plus opening chapters of five of his bestselling thrillers. The short stories are: Rules of Engagement (where Spider Shepherd has to help a friend who is in serious trouble with the police), The Constituency Meeting (where a group of old folks decide to commit a murder), Ghost Kids and Massage Therapy.
Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale investigates a spate of mysterious deaths in a struggling hotel. Plus six extra short stories from fans and writers drawing inspiration from the Blood Bath title and cover.
An action-packed short story featuring Dan “Spider” Shepherd during his days on the SAS Escape & Evasion course. Mid-way through the exercise Shepherd realises that all is not as it seems - and his life is on the line.
A short story by the bestselling author of the Jack Nightingale series. Supernatural detective Nightingale is called in to investigate a case of stigmata. A young girl is bleeding from her hands and feet and claims to be talking to the Virgin Mary. But Nightingale soon realises that all is not as it seems - and the girl is in mortal danger.
Inspector Zhang is called in to investigate a murder where a doctor is knifed in a locked room. But nothing is as it first appears. The story is about 10,000 words, about thirty pages, perfect if you have half an hour to spare.
An action-packed short story featuring Dan “Spider” Shepherd during his days as an SAS trooper in war-torn Sierra Leone. Rough Diamonds is about 12,000 words, about thirty pages, perfect if you have half an hour to spare.
An action-packed short story featuring Dan “Spider” Shepherd during his days as an SAS trooper in war-torn Sierra Leone. Hostile Territory is about 14,000 words, about thirty pages, perfect if you have half an hour to spare.
An action-packed short story featuring SAS trooper Dan "Spider" Shepherd. Spider almost dies in an ill-fated training exercise and then puts his life on the line in war-torn Sierra Leone. Shepherd went on to become an undercover cop in London in the series written by bestselling author Stephen Leather.
An action-packed short story featuring Dan “Spider” Shepherd during his days on the SAS selection course. Shepherd is tested to his limits and gets his nickname. Natural Selection is about 14,000 words, about thirty pages, perfect if you have half an hour to spare.
The last thing Jeremy expected when he moved to Thailand was to fall in love with a ladyboy. But that's what happened. And all went well until he decided that the one thing he needed to create the perfect family was a baby. That's when it all went horribly wrong.
A short story featuring SAS trooper Dan "Spider" Shepherd in action in Afghanistan, helping a 12-year-old boy get revenge for the death of his father. Shepherd went on to become an undercover cop in London in the series written by bestselling author Stephen Leather.
An action-packed short story featuring Dan “Spider” Shepherd during his days as an SAS trooper in Afghanistan. It’s November 2001 and Shepherd is sent on a dangerous mission to a Taliban stronghold on the trail of the most wanted man in the world – Osama Bin Laden.
Be careful what you wish for because one day you might get it. That's what Jimmy discovered when he started lusting after a sexy threesome with his lovely wife Laura. But when he flies with her to Thailand to make his fantasy come true, his life changes for ever. The Threesome is just under 10,000 words - about 30 pages, perfect for when you have half an hour to spare.
Inspector Zhang goes to Harrogate to attend a mystery writers convention. But what was supposed to be a vacation turns into one of his most difficult cases when a famous writer is found dead in a locked room.
Dave is an English teacher in Bangkok who discovers a way to get free sex with a stream of beautiful girls. He has the perfect life, until he meets Nok. And when Nok falls pregnant, Dave's life changes for ever.
Dave is a frequent visitor to Thailand and has enjoyed all the sexual activities on offer in the Land of Smiles. One night he has sex with a girl called Ay and her friend Bee. That starts on him The Alphabet Game - where Dave tries to sleep with girls named after every letter of the alphabet. He has the time of his life until he meets a girl called Zed....
Inspector Zhang of the Singapore Police Force is called in to what appears to be an open and shut case. A young woman has been killed during a burglary. The fingerprints on the murder weapon point to a well-known house-breaker. But the burglar has a cast-iron alibi because at the time of the murder he was in police custody.
Would you kill to write a bestseller? Well Adrian Slater says that he’s prepared to do just that – and announces the fact in a creative writing class.
Lecturer Dudley Grose is convinced that Slater is a psychopath and means what he says. But the Dean of the university doesn’t believe him and neither do the cops - until a pretty young student is murdered.
Inspector Zhang of the SIngapore Police Force is called in to investigate when a consignment of narcotics vanishes from under the eyes of a team of Drugs Squad detectives. It's a locked room mystery that puts Inspector Zhang's detective skills to the test.
Inspector Zhang of the Singapore Police Force is horrified when a woman falls to her death in front of him one evening. But what seems to be a simple case of suicide soon becomes a much more complicated affair and one that will test his detective skills to the limit.
The inscrutable Inspector Zhang of the Singapore Police Force is Bangkok-bound on a passenger jet when a passenger is found dead in the first class cabin. But who killed him, and why? It's up to Inspector Zhang and his assistant, Sergeant Lee, to solve the case.