Richard Abanes is a bestselling and award-winning author of twenty books, specializing in the area of cults, the occult, world religions, and pop culture. His most popular titles include The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code; One Nation Under Gods; and Harry Potter, Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings. He's written for most major Christian magazines and in 1997 received The Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America for his "outstanding work on intolerance." That same year he also received the Evangelical Press Association's "Higher Goals in Christian Journalism" award for his articles on non-Christian faiths that appeared in Moody magazine. He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs including The 700 Club, Hard Copy, MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN. He and his wife make their home in Irvine, California.