|Stephen Leather, the man who believes in winning at|
any cost - ethics be damned.
Over the past week, the authors Steve Mosby and Jeremy Duns have each alleged that Leather is behind websites set up to attack them. On 4 January, Mosby blogged about the launch of the site fuckstevemosby.com, which featured an exhaustive collection of the times he swore online. Mosby claims that the site was set up by Leather. Duns, the author of the Paul Dark spy novels, then blogged a lengthy analysis of the reasons why he believes Leather is behind a series of sites abusing him – including the claim that the recently established site fuckjeremyduns.com briefly redirected to Leather’s own site about his character Spider Shepherd.[...]
Leather did not respond to a request for comment from the Guardian, but the publisher Hachette said it has “advised him not to say anything to anyone at the moment”. In a statement Hachette said it would “do everything we can to put an end to this very unpleasant matter immediately” and that it “wholeheartedly condemns harassment and intimidation of any kind.”
Leather is not the only author guilty of sockpuppetry but he takes it to an extreme by trying to damage the competition the way he does. Using fake identities to heap false praise on one's own work is bad enough, but using similar identities to directly trash the work and reputations of the competition is much, much worse. Frankly, I have never read Stephen Leather and the chances of that ever happening have just gone from slim to none.
Here's a link to a September 4, 2012 post that I wrote when this story broke the first time around. At that time, the chief culprit appeared to be writer R. J. Elroy, but Stephen Leather was also said to have been guilty of the same despicable practice.
Might I suggest that you read Steve Mosby and Jeremy Duns, Leather's two targets, rather than Leather?