Stephen Volk

Stephen Volk was born and raised in Pontypridd, South Wales, he studied Graphic Design at Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry, specialising in Film, and was one of the winners of the BBC/UNESCO/ICOGRADA/ ASIFA International Animated Film Contest for Young People, subsequent to which he gained a postgraduate certificate with distinction in Radio Film and Television at Bristol University's Department of Drama.

He then 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 becoming a full-time freelance writer. Stephen now lives in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, with his artist wife, Patricia Volk, a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and he is a Patron of the British Humanist Association.

Stephen is best known as the BAFTA winning writer of ITV's paranormal drama series Afterlife starring Lesley Sharp and Andrew Lincoln. He also is known for the legendary BBC TV "Halloween hoax" Ghostwatch, this spooked the nation and hit the headlines causing questions to be raised in Parliament.

Recently he adapted Phil Rickman's novel Midwinter of the Spirit as a 3-part miniseries for ITV. His play The Chapel of Unresk premiered exclusively at The Bush Theatre, London, starring Jim Broadbent and Reece Shearsmith and while his short story collection Monsters in the Heart won the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection in 2014, his story "Newspaper Heart" winning Best Novella in 2015.

His very first produced screenplay was Ken Russell's Gothic, a trippy telling of the Mary Shelley/origin of Frankenstein story and since then his other scripts include Superstition and Octane, also screenplays for Goldcrest, MGM United Artists, Sony Columbia, Paramount, TriStar, Universal, BBC Films and StudioCanal.

For television, he has written single stand-alone dramas for Channel 4's Shockers and BBC1's Ghosts and won British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his short film The Deadness of Dad starring Rhys Ifans. For a several years he was co-director of Antidote Theatre, based in Bath, which produced a number of stage plays, including his own Answering Spirits.

His first collection of short stories, Dark Corners, was published in 2006, his story 31/10 (a sequel to Ghostwatch) was short-listed for both a British Fantasy Award and a Bram Stoker Award. His second collection, Monsters in the Heart (Gray Friar Press) was published in 2013 and his third, The Parts We Play, in 2016 - with an accompanying exclusive volume called Supporting Roles. Arguably his most acclaimed fiction so far is the novella Whitstable - featuring the late horror star Peter Cushing, published by Spectral Press in 2013 (the actor's centenary year). This saw a "follow-up" in 2015 in the form of Leytonstone, a novella based on the boyhood of Alfred Hitchcock. The third tale his putative "The Dark Masters Trilogy" is forthcoming.

Stephen Volk appeared on Pure Paranormal show with Tomo Warrington on Tuesday 13th December 2016.

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