Joe Laudati is an artist and writer who lives in New Paltz, New York. With a long background in animation and special effects, he made his living as a stop-motion puppeteer and photographer for many years, before focusing on writing and sculpting. As a prototype sculptor for the toy, giftware, and collectible model kits industries, he fashioned the original patterns for many action figures, statues, and 'garage kits'. His first novel, the supernatural thriller 'In Darkness It Dwells' was published by Medallion Press in 2006. Other works include 'Ten Thousand Demons', and 'Pushing Clay: 24 Years of Garage Kit Sculpture'.