Welcome to the website of writer-director Stephen Metcalfe. Here you’ll find career information and updates, the occasional blog and excerpts from most of Mr. Metcalfe’s novels, plays, screenplays, and TV Pilots. The plays and screenplays fall into a number of genres. “An Innocent Abroad” and “Emily”, for example, are romantic comedies. “Veil on the Water” and “The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers” are dramas, “White Linen” is a play with songs and “The Harrower”, “Jonah and Scylla” are sci-fi/fantasy. If you’d like to read more, please contact Mr. Metcalfe or his representatives.

Latest Work

PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR cover     The Practical Navigator – A novel

My second novel, The Practical Navigator, will be released by St. Martins Press in August of 2016.  The Practical Navigator is the story of Michael Hodge, a man who is adrift and is looking to find his bearings.  He is a struggling building contractor.  He is an abandoned husband, is the father of a seven year old boy on the autism spectrum, his mother is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and his girlfriend is married.  A practical man, Michael remains surprisingly upbeat.  But then, out of nowhere, his estranged wife, Anita, returns home wanting – Michael isn’t sure what – a reconciliation?  A new relationship?  A role in the life of their son, Jamie?  The ocean has become more turbulent than ever and Michel’s carefully patched together world begins to flounder and drift.  Can Michael Hodge help everyone in his life find happiness without sacrificing his own?  He’s not sure of that either.  All he knows is that safe harbor, a sheltered haven for himself and the people he loves, is far away.

The Tragic Age ~ A novel

My first novel, The Tragic Age, has been published by St. MartiTragic Age book imagen’s Press and is in bookstores now.  Learn more about it at:


Less Than Zero meets Catcher in the Rye in this biting bildungsroman. Written in an insightful, frenetic tone that occasionally turns surreal. Exhilarating and indicting. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Metcalfe snares readers’ attention with rich, fantastic characters…A wonderful read that is hard to put down, The Tragic Age will continue to haunt readers long after the last page has been turned. (Voya)

“Metcalfe’s taut prose and unique narrative choices mark him as a writer to watch.” (Booklist)

“Billy makes for a mordant, smart, and angry protagonist…debut author Metcalfe, a screenwriter and playwright, amps up the melodrama with a car chase, a shooting, and a Grand Guignol ending that dooms some while reawakening Billy.” (Publishers Weekly)

Coming in July of 2016 from St. Martin’s Press – The Practical Navigator