I was born and raised in New Jersey, where I played hockey in the street, read comic books and learned to hate the petty tyranny of a Catholic education. I studied journalism and film at Boston University and received a Juris Doctor from Cleveland Marshall College of Law.
I love H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and Karl Edward Wagner just as much as Hemingway and Bukowski. I don't write half as well as any of them, but reading them all made me a better writer.
While I love dreaming up images of the weird and the surreal -- conjuring all manner of monstrosities from the darkest, haunted reaches of the night and such -- my days are generally occupied with a different brand of the macabre. My life-long fascination with the darker side of human nature has led me to devote most of the past 13 years to a career as a criminal defense attorney, at the Cuyahoga County Public Defender Office, in Cleveland, Ohio. There I've come face-to-face with some of the truest horror in this world, with some of the worst people in our midst --and yet it has also introduced me to some of the bravest, most resilient people imaginable.
The rest of my time I spend out on the road, in the air and on the rails, indulging my other great passion: traveling to every corner of the world that I can reach. I'm fascinated with the tales of the great adventurers of years gone by, men like Heinrich Schliemann, Hiram Bingham and Roy Chapman Andrews. And so I seek out the lands they once explored, from the ruined citadels of ancient Russian Tsars, to the walls of Bronze Age Troy; from the tarantula-haunted rainforests of the Amazon and the misty terraces of Machu Picchu to the Mongol steppe and the ancient temples of Angkor in the jungles of Cambodia.
I believe that you must live well in order to write well.
Signing copies of "The Lucifer Messiah"
at BookExpo America, Washington DC
Signing near Cleveland, Ohio
Adam Mock, President of Medallion
Press (and the man responsible for
the fantastic artwork on "The
Lucifer Messiah") speeding along
behind me at The Festival of Fear,