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Author of Blood and Ice

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Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and the bestselling author of many books, most recently the supernatural thriller The Medusa Amulet, published by Bantam/Random House in both hardcover and mass market editions.

His next novel, The Romanov Cross, is coming out from the same publisher in the spring of 2013.

Blood and Ice (2009), an epic adventure that traveled from the Crimean War to a present-day Antarctic research station, was translated into nine languages, and in a rave review USA Today proclaimed, "It's what would happen if H.G. Wells, Stephenie Meyer and Michael Crichton co-wrote a suspense novel!"

Earlier works, first published by Simon and Schuster and Penguin, have recently been reissued as e-books by Premier Digital Publishing. These include the novels entitled The Spirit Wood, Black Horizon, and Private Demons, and two nonfiction studies of the occult, Fallen Angels and Spirits of the Dark, and its companion volume Raising Hell: A Concise History of the Black Arts and Those Who Dared to Practice Them.

His novel Vigil, appeared on the USA Today bestseller list in 2005, and was followed by the sequel, Bestiary, in 2006.

His articles, essays and reviews have appeared often in such publications as New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Town and Country, Travel and Leisure, The Washington Post, Elle, People, Parade, and The Wilson Quarterly. His nonfiction book, Robert's Rules of Writing (a Los Angeles Times bestseller) has been adopted in many high school and college classrooms, and his guide to the television industry -- A Friend in the Business: Honest Advice for Anyone Trying to Break Into Television Writing -- continues to explain the intricacies of the TV field to newcomers. Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published (Owl/Holt) performs the same function for aspiring authors everywhere.

Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, Masello studied writing under the noted authors Robert Stone and Geoffrey Wolff at Princeton, and after graduation moved to New York City, where he worked on staff at Esquire and GQ before embarking on his solo writing career. In 1991, he relocated to California where he wrote for television programs airing on the CBS, FOX, Showtime and Syfy channels. His produced credits include such popular shows as "Charmed," "Sliders," "Poltergeist," and "Early Edition." For six years, he also served as the Visiting Lecturer in Literature at Claremont McKenna College. A longstanding member of the Writers Guild of America West, he now lives and works a few blocks from the beach in Santa Monica, with his black lab, Becky.
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