An American writer of Gothic horror novels, he’s known for such works as Lost Souls, Drawing Bloodstream, and Beautiful Corpse. A transsexual, he published many novels offering gay man protagonists. He spent his early adulthood years in Athens, Georgia and Chapel Hill, NEW YORK. He considers himself a homosexual man born inside a woman’s body and offers undergone gender reassignment medical procedures. He was created Melissa Ann Brite in New Orleans, Louisiana. His long-term romantic relationship with chef Chris DeBarr lasted until 2011. He published a biography of Courtney Like.