Howard Sounes was born in London in 1965 and worked as a national newspaper journalist from 1983-1997, principally in Britain, but also in Australia and the United States, latterly for the (London) Daily Mirror. In 1994, whilst working as a news reporter for the Sunday Mirror, Sounes broke the first major story about mass-murderers Fred and Rosemary West. He went on to write a book about the case, Fred & Rose (Warner Books, 1995), his first biographical book.
After Fred & Rose, Sounes released Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life (Grove, 1998), about the iconoclastic American poet and novelist Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), followed by Bukowski in Pictures (Rebel, Inc., 2000), a complimentary book of photographs, documents and other illustrations. The year after, he released Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan (Grove, 2001).