Rob is a writer of books, film, television, and videogames. His first novel, Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes (2012, St. Martin’s Griffin), is a supernatural adventure set in the waning days of the Old West. If you like scary stories about heroic booksellers, undead outlaws, and zombies in the rain, this is the book for you. Rob’s first book, Fish on a First-Name Basis (2006, St. Martin’s Press), reads suspiciously like an indispensable guide to buying, preparing, and eating seafood, with nary a zombie in sight. His award-winning online cooking show, “Deep Fried, Live! with Tako the Octopus,” does feature reanimated clams, mutant prawns, and time-traveling tentacles, and his forays into other media have been chock full of supernatural beasties (particularly Alton Brown's “Good Eats” for which he wrote more than 50 episodes). Rob lives in Portland, Oregon where he kills time between books designing logos and menus for the culinarily-inclined design studio Forager Creative.