Born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, Steve Fielding is a former engineer turned professional musician. He has recorded and toured Europe many times, notably as the bass guitarist with 1970′s punk rock legends The Boys and The Stiffs. After several spells in the early 1990s touring Great Britain with an Elvis Presley stage show, he formed The Lost Boys, playing over five hundred gigs between 1992 – 2009. He also plays bass guitar with Lancashire punk rockers Love Battery and Complete Control.
As a writer he has contributed to many crime publications including True Detective, The Criminologist, True Crime and Master Detective. His first major work was The Hangman’s Record a three-volume trilogy detailing the history of capital punishment in the UK between 1868-1964. The local best selling Murderous Bolton was released in 1994, and he is the author of four successful books in the Countryside Murder Casebook series: Lancashire Murder Casebook, North Wales Murder Casebook, Cheshire Murder Casebook and Yorkshire Murder Casebook. Due to demand Murderous Bolton was recently republished by Amberley Books, and a follow up volume, More Murderous Bolton, was published in February 2010.
After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing in 1998 he worked for several years at Granada Studios in Manchester before training to become a teacher. Steve featured in the 2004 Discovery Channel series The Executioners, (now available on DVD) working as script consultant. In the autumn of 2005 two new books were published: the final volume in The Hangman’s Record series and another title for Countryside Books: Lancashire Tales of Mystery and Murder. In February 2006 Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners, the long awaited biography of that unique family was released, and he also contributed to the Crime & Investigation channel documentary Executioner: Pierrepoint, first broadcast in November 2006.
In April 2007 Hanged at Durham, the first in a series of books for Sutton Publishing, was released, soon followed by a new book for John Blake: The Executioner’s Bible, detailing the role of the hangman throughout the 20th Century. Hanged at Pentonville (The History Press) was published in February 2008, and Hanged at Liverpool (The History Press) followed in June along with the paperback version of Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners (John Blake Publishing). Hanged at Manchester (The History Press) was published in October 2008 and Hanged at Leeds (The History Press) hit the shops in July 2009, withHanged at Birmingham published the following December. Hanged at Winchester (The History Press) was published in 2010.
Recent TV appearances have included Richard O’Brien’s Dead Strange,The One Show for BBC 1, and Most Haunted Live (Living TV). .