The designer of multi-award-winning worldwide hit children's television show "Bob the Builder", and the author/illustrator of numerous children's books (including the acclaimed "Frankenstein's Cat"), Curtis lives with his family in Cheshire, England, surrounded by a ridiculous collection of film and animation memorabilia. He grew up as a child of the 70s on a hearty diet that included Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons and Ray Harryhausen movies. A horror fan from this young age, pre-school television seemed like a natural career path.
Having left Art College in 1994, he went on to first experience film work for the Oscar-winning "Wallace & Gromit" Aardman team, and followed that up as a model-maker and prop-painter on Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!" before moving on to design the BAFTA-winning Bob the Builder. His animated series "Frankenstein's Cat", commissioned by the BBC, has been shown around the globe, picking up the Pulcinella award for 'Best Children's Show' at the 2008 International Cartoons On the Bay festival in Salerno, Italy. His hit new preschool show, "RAA RAA the Noisy Lion" can be seen on CBeebies and TV channels the world over.
"Rise of the Wolf" was Curtis's first novel in the epic middle grade fantasy horror series, "WEREWORLD". The first novel in an acclaimed six book series, "Rise of the Wolf" was shortlisted for the Waterstone's book prize, and the series has since been published the world over. When launched at San Diego Comic Con in 2011, the series was described as "Game of Thrones for Middle Graders featuring Werewolves", that's a pretty accurate synopsis for the series!
"Haunt: Dead Scared", and its sequel, "Dead Wrong", are based (very loosely) upon Curtis's life growing up in the sleepy industrial town of Warrington in the northwest of England. Equal parts ghost story, comedy and murder mystery, these are darkly humorous YA chillers.
Curtis is also the official author of the "World of Warriors" novels for children, based upon the hugely popular free-to-play online game of the same name. "A New Hero" kicks off the adventures of Trick Hope, a teen boy from London who gets transported to the exotic Wildlands and is soon fighting for his life against all manner of horror.
"Max Helsing: Monster Hunter" is Curtis's new action/comedy/fantasy/horror series (!) aimed at middle grade to 60-something humans and monsters, published by Penguin in the US and Orchard in the UK. "The Thirteenth Curse" is the first in a series of novels following the ongoing investigations of the resourceful, wisecracking Max, last in the line of the infamous Van Helsings.