Niles Paley Engerman was a professional newspaper writer, then advertising copywriter, before obtaining his Master of Arts in Teaching degree and writing his first novel. Having found his impetus to write in his experiences as an adolescent, he chose to work as a substitute in a Chicago middle school for a year before obtaining his Masters degree. Now certified to teach middle school French, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Spanish, he has found a symbiotic relationship between writing and teaching. He uses the horror genre and his life experiences to convey existential themes to his readers. Still single, Niles Paley Engerman currently lives in Highland Park, IL, a Chicago suburb located along the shores of Lake Michigan.