Writer Julius Fast was born in Manhattan, New York in 1919. He received a bachelor's degree from New York University. He spent three years in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. While in the Army, he edited a collection of science fiction stories entitled Out of This World (1944) and wrote the mystery novel Watchful at Night (1945), which won the inaugural Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1946. He later wrote books dealing with pop psychology, health, relationships and other topics. His works include The Beatles: The Real Story (1968), Body Language (1970), You and Your Feet (1970), and The Body Language of Sex, Power and Aggression (1976). He died on December 16, 2008.