Howard Chilvers was born and grew up in Ilford, Essex. Initially trained as a classical musician, Howard went on to major in Art Education before taking an advanced degree in the History of Design, having a particular interest in the transference of American values into British culture. After fourteen years teaching in secondary schools, Howard moved on to work in London at the Design Council before moving on to work in higher education at Middlesex University, where he led the MA Professional Practice and MA Design Leadership programmes before becoming an Associate Dean Business. When working at the Design Council, Howard took a lead role in both writing and producing a full range of teaching resources for schools, including the drama-based videos, Quiche, Keys and Roller Skates — a New York Film Festival award winner— and Brilliant or What! He subsequently wrote a feature film script, Sacred Betrayal. Howard’s first novel, Dark Reaper, a deep, psychological crime-thriller, set in Los Angeles, draws on his intense interest in and observation of US culture. Howard lived in Devon with his wife and family until February 2018 when he sadly died, from a brain tumour, having been diagnosed 6 months before.