I was born and raised in New Jersey, where I played hockey in the street and read every comic book I could get my hands on. 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 -- most of my days are spent in a much more down-to-earth pursuit, arguing cases and representing clients as a criminal defense attorney at the Cuyahoga County Public Defender Office, in Cleveland, Ohio.
The rest of my time I spend out on the road, in the air and on the rails, indulging my other great passion: travel. 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 Russian Tsars, to the walls of Bronze Age Troy; from the tarantula-haunted rain-forests of the Amazon and the misty terraces of Machu Picchu to the wilds of Africa, the rolling Mongol steppe and the ancient temples of Angkor.
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."
--Augustine of Hippo