Michael Cisco is the author of The Divinity Student, The Tyrant, The San Veneficio Canon, and a contributor to The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Descredited Diseases, Leviathan III and IV, and Album Zutique. In 1999, his debut work received the International Horror Writers Guild Award for best first novel. His nonfiction appears in reference books published by Chelsea House and the Gale Group. Awarded his PhD in English literature in 2003 (New York University), he is currently preparing his first critical work, Supernatural Embarrassment, for publication. He lives in New York City.