A. Stuart Williams is an English writer, photographer, historian and journalist living in the region of England which inspired J. R. R. Tolkien's dark land of Mordor - the 'Black Country'.
Fascinated by science fiction, sword and sorcery, weird pulp, alternate history and latterly steampunk since the 1960s, he grew up reading British reprints of classic US pulps and Golden Age science fiction.
Previously published in factual magazines (computing, astronomical, photographic, historical), newspapers and the author of several local history books for Walsall Local History Centre, Stuart initially trained as a commercial photographer before working in newspaper publishing, finally becoming a professional local historian and journalist. Still working in computer journalism (now 'retro' computer journalism!) he is also now working on a second career as a Science Fiction, fantasy, ‘new pulp’ and steampunk author.
Currently working on a number of projects, ‘Minor Planet Mambo’ was his first science fiction story for Pro Se Productions, and appears in their anthology 'Rat-A-Tat: Short Blasts of Pulp'. Recently, he has had stories published in horror/dark fantasy anthologies 'Flash Fear' and the new version of 'New Tales of the Old Ones' (KnightWatch Press).
Numbering Arthur C. Clarke, E. E. 'Doc' Smith, Robert E. Howard, Robert A. Heinlein, H. P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells and Jules Verne amongst his influences, Stuart believes that “What if?” is the most amazing question of all.