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 at the University of Fukui. He left UEA in 2012 to become head of online courses at the Unthank School of Writing. He is also senior editor at Green Door Books; and a reader and mentor for The Literary Consultancy, appraising hundreds of manuscript novels for their suitability for publication. He is the author of numerous articles and academic papers on literature and film, and is the biographer of the Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth. His short stories have appeared in Not-Not, Cascando, Birdsuit, and Veto, and he also blogs about literature and creative writing. His first novel, Shark Alley: The Memoirs of a Penny-a-Liner, was released last year as a book and an online serial. He is presently working on two books for Pen and Sword, on the Newgate Controversy and the 19th century London underworld, and thinking about the next novel. Stephen lives just outside Norwich with his wife and son, and far too many books and motorcycles.