Stephen G. Melvin is a professor, novelist, essayist, lecturer, and film producer who lives in Florence, Alabama. His graduate work focused on 19th century ghost stories and supernatural tales.
A lifelong resident of the Deep South, he spent his formative years reading the likes of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, dreaming of escaping to far-flung corners of the United States. As he grew older, he learned to love where he came from and appreciate the colorful, eccentric kaleidoscope that is his home.
His fiction embraces the Southern Gothic with touches of the supernatural. Understanding that storytelling is an artificial, sometimes farcical act, he often leans against the fourth wall without breaking it. He enjoys taking his characters to the brink of human suffering but always with a sardonic grin.
After all, if you don’t find the humor in nihilism, what are you going to laugh at?