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.”
“On an aesthetic level, “Karla: A Pact with the Devil” 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.”
Mr. Williams was twice arrested to do with these books, 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.
The Attorney General also sued Mr. 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 Mr. Williams’ research and archives. Although the courts and police seized his computer and files, the lawsuit did not succeed.
In 2004, Mr. Williams was given the Hellman-Hammett Award by the Human Rights Watch. The Award is usually 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.