Robert B. Marks was born in 1976 in the Toronto Area. While growing up, he developed a love of reading, and by the end of public school was devouring novels by authors such as Tom Clancy and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. During high school, he discovered the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, Tad Williams, and Dennis L. McKiernan, and developed a lifelong love of the fantasy genre.
It was after reading McKiernan's The Eye of the Hunter that he began to write serious fantasy. His first, and unpublishable, 70,000 word novel was completed by the end of high school. He then spent his years at Queen's University developing his writing skills on the Internet, winning two fanfiction awards in the process. After graduating with a degree in Medieval Studies in 1999, he was offered a Diablo e-book by Pocket Books in late 2000. Demonsbane was released on Halloween, 2000, allowing him to squeak in as a 20th century author by around two months, and remained on the PeanutPress bestseller list for three weeks.
Between 2000 and 2002, Marks wrote Garwulf's Corner on Diabloii.net - one of the first computer games issues columns on the internet.
In 2007, Marks opened Legacy Books Press a publisher specializing in non-fiction about history and Classics, to which Marks is the owner and publisher.
Marks was also known to have worked on another Diablo novel known as Angels of Darkness, Soldiers of Light which never got published but the proposed outline was recognized as unofficial Diablo canon.
- EverQuest Companion: The Inside Lore of a Gameworld (Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 2003)
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Agora: Ancient Greek and Roman Humour (co-authored with R. Drew Griffith, Legacy Books Press, 2007)
- The Anatomy of Violence (The Escapist, June 10, 2008)
|People Associated with the Diablo Series|
|Authors||Richard A. Knaak • Robert B. Marks • Mel Odom|
|Blizzard Employees||Jason Bender • Leonard Boyarsky • Michael Chu • Peet Cooper • Jill Harrington • Joseph Lawrence • Chris Lichtner • Nathan Lutsock|