Author: Stephen Gregory
After training as a lawyer and then working as a teacher for 10 years, Stephen Gregory moved to the mountains of Snowdonia to write his first novel.THE CORMORANT (Heinemann, Sceptre UK, St Martin's Press USA) was greeted by the New York Times as 'a first-class terror story with a relentless focus that would have made Edgar Allan Poe proud.'Publishers Weekly recognized its 'nightmarish horror reminiscent of the tales of Poe, in a tale that could become a classic.'Iain Banks called the book 'intelligent and well-written, with a natural feeling for the avian vandal of the title which brings to mind the poetry of Ted Hughes.'
THE CORMORANT (Sceptre's first first-novel to go into a second print before publication) won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1987 and was made into a critically-acclaimed feature film for the BBC's Screen Two series starring Oscar-nominated actor Ralph Fiennes.
A second novel followed, set again in the brooding atmosphere of a Snowdonian winter.THE WOODWITCH (Heinemann, Sceptre UK, St Martin's Press USA) provoked similar reactions: Publishers Weekly commented that 'Gregory writes with the hypnotic power of Poe', while the Washington Post called the book 'an ambitious attempt to use the conventions of the contemporary horror novel to say something compelling about the irrational side of human nature.' THE WOODWITCH was the subject of a television documentary for the BBC's Statements series.
THE BLOOD OF ANGELS completed a trilogy of novels in which an English in-comer confronts the mysteries and vagaries of winter in Wales.It was recognized by Oscar-winning director William Friedkin (THE EXORCIST, THE FRENCH CONNECTION) as the work of an unusually original horror writer, and the author was flown to Hollywood where he spent an exhilarating, often gruelling year writing stories and script for Friedkin at Paramount Pictures.
Stephen Gregory has just completed another horror novel: THE PERILS AND DANGERS OF THIS NIGHT ...