Julián Ríos was born in Galicia, Spain. He is on the editorial board of a number of magazines, contributes to journals in various countries, and has edited several fiction and essay series. His previous books include Larva (Dalkey Archive, 1990), Poundemonium (Dalkey Archive, 1997), and Loves That Bind (Vintage Books, 1999). Monstruary was included on the Los Angles Times Best Fiction Books of 2001. Ríos now lives in France. Edith Grossman is also the translator of Ríos' Loves That Bind (Vintage Books, 1999), as well as many works by Mario Vargas Llosa including The Feast of the Goat (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2001).