Maxime Chattam is the pen-name of Maxime Guy Sylvain Drouot. He is a French novelist born on 19 February 1976 in Herblay. After stints as an actor, night watchman, and bookseller, Maxim Chattam studied criminology in Paris. He is also the author of several plays, a well-received trilogy, The Soul of Evil, In Darkness, and Evil Spells, as well as the recently released thriller The Mysteries of Chaos. He lives in Poissy, France.