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RobertMasello
Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and the bestselling author of many books, most recently The Night Crossing, a Victorian-era thriller about Bram Stoker and the origins of his most famous creation.  Booklist calls the novel “mysterious and thrilling . . . wonderful historical fiction,” and praises “Masello’s vivid storytelling and his way of truly immersing readers into the worlds he creates; fans of ancient Egyptian mythology will especially enjoy the story.”  Publishers Weekly describes The Night Crossing as “an interesting alternate history [in which] Masello creatively reimagines the inspiration for Dracula with thrills, frights, and a splendid final confrontation aboard the Titanic.”  

         Previous novels include The Jekyll Revelation (“an engaging thriller [that] tosses in quite a few surprises en route to a delightfully devilish conclusion” according to Publishers Weekly), and The Einstein Prophecy, a number-one bestseller on Amazon Kindle for several weeks running.  Other novels include The Romanov Cross, recommended by Kirkus for its “delicious sense of creeping dread,” The Medusa Amulet, based on the life of the Renaissance sculptor Benvenuto Cellini, and reviewed by the Associated Press as “an unpredictable and exhilarating journey that expertly blends contemporary thrills with a historical spin.”   Blood and Ice was described by The Guardian as “gripping . . . a big meaty supernatural thriller that spans centuries from Victorian England and the Crimean War to modern America and Antarctica.”  Echoing that sentiment, The Times of London proclaimed, “Masello has written a winner, made for Hollywood.”  To date, his books have been translated into seventeen languages.

In addition to these and other novels, Masello has written a number of successful non-fiction books, including Robert’s Rules of Writing, chosen by Barnes and Noble as a Back-to-School Essential, and A Friend in the Business, a guide to breaking into television writing.  His produced television credits have aired on networks ranging from CBS to Showtime, Fox to SyFy, and include such popular shows as “Charmed,” “Sliders,” “Early Edition,” and “Poltergeist: the Legacy.”

As a journalist, Masello has contributed countless articles, essays and reviews to such prominent publications as The Washington Post, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, People, Parade, Travel and Leisure, Town and Country, The Wilson Quarterly, etc.

A native of Evanston, Illinois, Masello studied writing at Princeton University, and served for six years as the Visiting Lecturer in Literature at Claremont McKenna College.  He has also lectured at many other colleges and universities nationwide, including the University of California at Irvine, Santa Monica College, Pace University, Chapman University, the New York University Publishing Program, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

A longstanding member of the Writers Guild of America, he now lives and works in Santa Monica, California.