Bio - short
Steve writes horror and disturbing fiction that has appeared in many online horror publications, as well as in several horror anthologies. He has also had work published by Alfie Dog Fiction. His first novella, Die, Blossom, Bloom, was published in 2016, quickly followed by his first collection of short stories, A Sinister Six.
Steve wants to connect with readers by writing about the ordinary and mundane, but making it extraordinary and fantastic, giving readers a glimpse of what lies just beyond the edges of their realities.
Bio - long
Steve writes horror and dark fiction from his home in Nottingham, UK where he lives with his wife and 2 children.
After several false starts, Steve got his writing career off the ground writing flash-fiction horror shorts for online webzines. From there he moved on to writing short stories for a number of online and print publications. He has had stories included in horror anthologies and in 2016 was a guest author in a collection of horror stories, Deathly Musings.
In 2016 Steve self-published his first novella, Die, Blossom, Bloom, a dark piece of fiction which tells the story of an old man, trying to protect the details of his wife’s disappearance from becoming common knowledge in his small village. Keeping this terrible secret leads this man to commit acts he never thought himself capable of. The protagonist is based in part on Steve’s grandfather not that he ever did any of the things in the book. Not that we know of, anyway.
Steve’s latest book was published in February 2017, is a collection of some of his short stories, titled A Sinister Six: A collection of six darkly disturbing stories. The book contains some of Steve’s better known works and focuses on taking the ordinary and mundane and making it extraordinary and fantastic.
Steve was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001 and this comes through in some of his writing, with various characters often having a variety of disabilities. When he’s not writing fiction, Steve sometimes talks about the challenges he faces as a disabled person in general and a wheelchair user in particular, on his blog.
Some important facts to know about Steve:
Favourite child? I can’t answer that (daughter).
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates are way cooler than ninjas. Everyone knows that.
Reincarnated as what animal? A bird. With armour.
Favourite film? Spirited Away. It’s amazing. Seriously. Watch it. Your life will be better for it.
Favourite book? Can I have a series? ‘Dark Tower’ if so, ‘The Drawing of the Three’ (King) if not.
Biggest influence as a writer? It changes. For a long time it was Stephen King, but more and more I find myself reading HP Lovecraft, WF Harvey, Algernon Blackwood (late 19th, early 20th century).
Best short story you’ve read? Hard, but I’d have to say ‘The Dune’, by Stephen King.
Favourite car? Ford Escort Mk2.
What scares you? Spiders. Rollercoasters. Being on a rollercoaster with a spider.
Best story you’ve ever written (in your opinion)? ‘Snap of the Fingers.’ A young boy is faced with an impossible decision to save his mum’s life. It is in the collection ‘A Sinister Six,’ available now!
Have you ever seen a badger? No, and it bothers me.
A Sinister Six
"5 Stars Six incredible stories!
There are six incredible, magnificent, and horrifying stories. Yes, they truly are sinister." - Goodreads
"Boseley is a master of designing these perfectly horrid stories, and brings the reader into his mind." - Amazon.com
"There is a lot of "Poe"-ishness within this story. The titles of the stories just bring you in and then ... the story keeps you shivering." - Goodreads
Die, Blossom, Bloom
"My attention was grabbed by the first paragraph, I had to read more." - Goodreads
"This story held so much emotion, the pages oozed with loneliness, grief, love, and guilt." - Goodreads
"...the message and feelings I received from reading "Die, Blossom, Bloom" were profound to me, connecting boldly." – Goodreads
Q & A
Why do you write horror?
When I was growing up, I remember reading a lot of books by authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, so when I sat down to write something, it came out as horror. There’s something that is so inviting about horror, to me at least. It offers the reader an opportunity to be scared or unsettled or even afraid. The sort of feelings you get from riding a rollercoaster. I hate rolleroasters, so fiction seemed like a reasonable alternative.
Have you ever tried to write anything other than horror?
Yes, of course. However, it all seems to come back to horror and dark fiction in the end. I’ve had some fun writing about a fictional town in The Midlands, UK. Ideas for articles for the local paper there come to me from time to time, so I write them down. The town is called Spennyriver. Google would probably point you towards some of those articles.
I also wrote backstories for four characters as they discover they have ‘superpowers.’ I put that in quotes, as these powers are very unusual and might not even be described as such by their owners. When I talked these characters through with another author friend, we found them incredibly funny. When I sat down to write the stories, they came out as horror. I think it’s some of the best work I’ve written, but I can’t find a home for these characters. They’re not going anywhere, so I may come back to them
Why should readers care about your work?
I want readers to connect with what I write because it’s more easily relatable to their lives. I feel that the closer something is to reality it only takes the slightest of twists to make it terrifying, almost an ‘if that can happen to him, it can happen to me’ effect.
The vast majority of what I write is based in reality. The settings will be immediately recognisable – the house, the hospital, the car. Haunted houses are rare in my work. I think I have one haunted house story, not yet written. No spooky woods late at night. Well, just one. No midnight meetings in the cemetery, no visits to an ancient tomb.
I try to look at situations regular people may find themselves in and then tweak it. Just a little. It’s the same reason that you won’t see many vampires or zombies or werewolves in my writing. That’s not to say there will never be any…
How many books have you written? Favourite?
I have so far published 2 books, The first, Die, Blossom, Bloom, is a novella telling the story of an pensioner that is trying to keep the disappearance of his wife secret. He has to go to increasing lengths to keep that hidden and commits acts he never thought himself capable of.
My second book, A Sinister Six, is a collection of six darkly disturbing stories, each story presenting the ordinary and everyday and making it extraordinary and fantastic.
As for a favourite, I would have to say my favourite story in the collection is A Snap of the Fingers, which puts a ten-year-old boy in the position of having to make an impossible choice to save the life of his mum, who is dying with cancer. I love the ending of that story and think it is currently my best work. Read it.
On a scale of 1-10, how frightening are your stories?
I think that’s hard to judge, as what’s scary to one person, is not necessarily scary to another. I’m frightened of rollercoasters. My daughter isn’t. Are rollercoasters scary? Possibly.
If pressed, I’d say that what I write has a more unsettling edge to it. It might make you look twice at a nurse in a hospital, or it might make you listen more closely to you car’s sat-nav. Why? Because you never know. That nurse could be the Devil incarnate. Your car could be possessed. That’s what I want people to feel.
Where do your story ideas come from?
For me, ideas are made up of people / settings that I am familiar with. The actual ideas come from a collaboration between imagination, the books I read and the films I watch. Usually, a particular book or story will spark an idea, which then churns around in my head for a while (sometimes a considerable while) and something else will occur to me that makes the story.
What do you like to do when not writing?
Writing is not (yet) my full-time profession. During the daylight hours I work for a charity supporting and advising disabled people. Being a disabled person myself, disability is an inevitable part of my life, and being able to help others is a fantastic feeling!
Other than that, I enjoy spending time with my family. My daughter is almost 18 so being able to spend time with her is amazing. My son is 12 but we enjoy going out on the park and playing video games together!
I also enjoy watching films. I try to get at least one film in each week if I can.