About

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Steve Emmett is a British author, occasional book reviewer and a member of the Society of Authors. Born in Harrogate, the genteel Yorkshire spa town where Agatha Christie hid away from the world thirty-two years earlier.

The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. Christie stayed here when she ran away from home.

The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. Christie stayed here when she ran away from home.

But Steve’s home town is actually Knaresborough, once a fiercely independent Urban District Council which was led for many years by Steve’s grandfather William Emmett. Knaresborough is now part of the Harrogate District and retains a small Town Council with little power. In the 1980s Steve served on both councils before breaking loose and heading back to big city life. Knaresborough is famous as the home of Mother Shipton, a cave-dwelling hag who foretold the future. Was she a witch as some say? Doubtful, but as a child Steve often visited her cave and petrifying well. He thinks this may have something to do with his interest in the dark and mysterious.

Kbro House

Knaresborough House was the seat of the old KUDC. Steve’s grandparents planted the trees either side of the entrance, thus they were always referred to as Annie and Billy

Shipton

well

The Petrifying Well or Dropping Well

The Famous View of Knaresborough and the Nidd Gorge

The Famous View of Knaresborough and the Nidd Gorge

After attending King James’s (Grammar) School in the town Steve went to the York College of Arts and Technology were he took a diploma in construction and surveying, then to the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London where his eyes were opened.

The AA School in Bedford Square

The AA School in Bedford Square

Steve’s Yorkshire father had no time for the artistic talents being developed at the AA and all but dragged him back to Knaresborough to provide slave labour for the ‘family building firm’. After building a few highly compromised houses Steve returned to London in 1987. For over twenty years he ran his own real estate agency specializing in Italian country homes and, for almost ten years, lived by Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, the setting for his horror thriller, Diavolino.

Lago Trasimeno

Lago Trasimeno

What are you looking at?

What are you looking at?

Italian Country House

Italian Country House

Born at the end of the 1950s, Steve grew up on Dennis Wheatley novels and Hammer Horror films, and on many occasions started to put pen to paper. Completely dissatisfied and unfulfilled with his career, Steve decided in 2008 that he wanted to write and began Diavolino. Right now he is completing three dark, psychological novels and some short stories. Steve’s work is influenced by the writing of John Ajvide Lindqvist, Stephen King, M R James, Anne Rice, Yasmina Khasra and Joanne Harris (and one or two others), but he has his own distinctive style. Steve is an avid reader of horror and psychological suspense, and works as an occasional reviewer for the New York Journal of Books. He currently lives in the Yorshire Wolds with his long-term partner, and visits his adult son in London as often as he can.

The Yorkshire Wolds

The Yorkshire Wolds