Ulysses Grant Dietz (born July 22, 1955) grew up in
Syracuse, New York, where his Leave it to Beaver life was enlivened by his
fascination with vampires, from Bela Lugosi to Barnabas Collins. He studied
French at Yale, and was trained to be a museum curator at the University of
Delaware. A curator since 1980, Ulysses has never stopped writing fiction for
the sheer pleasure of it. He created the character of Desmond Beckwith in 1988
as his personal response to Anne Rice’s landmark novels. Alyson Books released
his first novel, Desmond, in 1998. Vampire in Suburbia is his second novel.
Ulysses lives in suburban New Jersey with his husband of over 40 years,
Gary Berger, and
their two almost-grown children.
He is a great-great grandson of Ulysses S. Grant,
and his mother was the President’s last living great-grandchild. Every year on
April 27 he gives a speech at Grant’s Tomb in New York City.