Brad Steiger was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on February 19,1936. Steiger's first published articles on the unexplained appeared in 1956, and he has now written more than 2,000 articles with paranormal themes. Also in 1956, Steiger began publishing short stories of mystery, fantasy, and science fiction in a wide variety of magazines, including Alfred Hitchcock's, The Saint, Trapped, and Fantastic. Among his novels are The Hypnotist, The Chindi, Alien Rapture: The Chosen. From 1970-'73, his weekly newspaper column, The Strange World of Brad Steiger, was carried domestically in over 80 newspapers and overseas from Bombay to Tokyo. In 1974 Steiger was honored in San Francisco, with The Genie, for Metaphysical Writer of the Year. In 1977 he was awarded the Dani, for Services to Humanity in Philadelphia. He was inducted into the Hypnosis Hall of Fame in 1987, and in 1996 he won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National UFOand Unexplained Phenomena Conference in Minneapolis. Steiger has appeared on television with the likes of Ted Koppel, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw. He has gueted on radio shows and been interviewed for magazine articles. In 1977, Steiger's bestselling biography of the great silent screen lover Valentino was made into a motion picture that same year, Steiger co-scripted the documentary film Unknown Powers, with Jack Palance as narrator, and winner of the Film Advisory Board's Award of Excellence for 1978. He is the author/coauthor of 154 books with over 17 million copies in print.