Stephen Williams is a writer and investigative journalist
His reputation was solidified by the international success of two books, Invisible Darkness: The Horrifying Case of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka and Karla: A Pact with the Devil which were critically acclaimed as “apocalyptic stories set in landscapes of suburban deviance.” His nonfiction work has been compared to that of Norman Mailer and Truman Capote. Professor George Elliott Clark wrote:
“The true crime is, in the hands of artists like Truman Capote and Stephen Williams, a kind of poetry, a kind of austere grand guignol exuding gaudy horror.”
Stephen has been twice arrested to do with his writing, once in 1998 and again in 2003, criminally charged with over one hundred counts of disobeying court orders and publication bans, twice put on trial over the eight-year period between 1998 and 2005, and twice exonerated.
“On an aesthetic level, Karla is almost unique in our literature.” poet and publisher Barry Callaghan said. “It is an extraordinary act of the imagination brought to bear on the facts.”
The Attorney General also sued Williams in 2003 as an enemy of the State, alleging he was in possession of “sensitive” court documents. The lawsuit sought unspecified damages and the seizure of Williams’ research and archives. Although the courts and police seized his computer and files, the lawsuit did not succeed.
As Stephen told journalist Sandra Martin in 2004 “I did not initiate the battle in which I found myself, any more than the hundreds of thousands of grunts who were sent to Vietnam or Iraq initiated those wars. Other people who live on other planes with multiple agendas did… What can the grunt say when he is ‘in country’ except ‘I’m in the shit now’? To ascribe any responsibility to me for the battle in which I found myself is like ascribing the cause of the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars to the soldiers who died in them.”
Stephen was given the Hellman-Hammett Award by the Human Rights Watch. The Award is presented annually to journalists who have been prosecuted by totalitarian regimes such as China and Iran.
Stephen Williams lives on a rockscrabble farm in southwestern Ontario with the writer Marsha Boulton and their young Bull Terrier, Thelonius Monk. Monk’s predecessor Wallace Stevens call name “Wally” died at Thanksgiving, 2007. Attrition has reduced the cat population to three or four. The lambs and chickens are all but gone. Their old American Saddlebred Palomino Karma passed during the last snowstorm of 2008, just before the warmer weather broke.
Stephen has many projects in the works. Stand by and check out his blog periodically.