"Without doubt one of the godfathers of British horror" - Michael Wilson, This Is Horror
"One of the most provocative and unsettling of contemporary writers" - Andy Hedgecock (Asst Fiction Editor, Interzone)
"A master craftsman" - Dark Musings
Stephen Volk is the creator/writer of ITV's multi award-winning paranormal drama series Afterlife starring Lesley Sharp and Andrew Lincoln, and the notorious (some say legendary) BBCTV "Halloween hoax" Ghostwatch, which spooked the nation, hit the headlines, and caused questions to be raised in Parliament.
His latest feature film, co-written by director Nick Murphy. is The Awakening, a period ghost story starring Rebecca Hall (The Prestige, The Town), Dominic West (The Wire) and Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake).
On stage, his recent play at The Bush Theatre, The Chapel of Unrest, starred Jim Broadbent (Longford. The Iron Lady, Cloud Atlas) and Reece Shearsmith (League of Gentlemen, Psychoville).
Other credits include Ken Russell's Gothic, a trippy retelling of the Mary Shelley/ Frankenstein story starring Gabriel Byrne, Natasha Richardson and Timothy Spall; The Guardian, directed and co-written by William (The Exorcist) Friedkin; Superstition starring Mark Strong and Charlotte Rampling; and Octane starring Madeleine Stowe and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. For television, he has written stand-alone scripts for Channel 4's Shockers and BBC1's Ghosts. He also won a BAFTA for his short film script The Deadness of Dad starring Rhys Ifans.
His first collection of short stories, Dark Corners, was published by Gray Friar Press in 2006, from which his story 31/10 (a sequel to Ghostwatch) was shortlisted for both a British Fantasy and a HWA Bram Stoker Award. More recently his novella Vardoger was shortlisted for both a Shirley Jackson Award and a British Fantasy Award and his stories have been selected for Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Best British Mysteries, and Best New Horror with two stories appearing in the inaugural edition of Salt's Best British Horror 2014. He also writes a regular comment piece for the magazine Black Static, called "Coffinmaker's Blues".
His most recent fiction is the novella Whitstable - featuring the late horror star Peter Cushing and published by Spectral Press in 2013, the actor's centenary year. Also published in 2013 was his second story collection, Monsters in the Heart (Gray Friar Press). Both have been announced as finalists for the British Fantasy Awards 2014 as Best Novell and Best Collection respectively.
Before becoming a full-time writer he worked as an advertising copywriter, notably for Ogilvy Benson and Mather, winning a Silver Lion, IPA Effectiveness in Advertising Award and two Design & Art Direction Awards. Before that, he studied Graphic Design at Coventry College of Art and was a winner of the BBC/UNESCO/ICOGRADA/ASIFA International Animated Film Contest, subsequent to which he gained a postgraduate certificate with distinction in Radio Film and Television at Bristol University's Department of Drama.
He was born in Pontypridd, South Wales, and now lives in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, with his wife, the sculptor Patricia Volk, and a cat he doesn't like.
Photograph (above) by Jonathan Hall (Clerkenwell Films/ITV). Below: by Alex Yallop (Portrait by Jennifer McRae)
Bottom: photograph by Ian Drake (imagebytesphotography.com)