Lewis Stanek was born in Elmhurst, Illinois on March 9th, 1954. He spent his childhood growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago. When he turned eighteen years old he enlisted in the United States Air Force, he was assigned to the 3rd Combat Communications Group, and he is a Vietnam era veteran. After his discharge from the Air Force he attended the College of Dupage and completed an Associate in Science degree. He then attended Chicago State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, and much later he earned a Master of Religious Studies degree from Nations University. Lewis met his wife Mary Diane in August of 1984 and after a whirlwind romance they were married in November of 1985. He is a professed member of the Society of the Cross, and a member of the Order of Centurions. He has long held an interest in the supernatural and in writing horror fiction. Lewis currently lives in Dixon, Illinois with his wife Mary and three of his four children Melissa, Christian, and Zoe. Lewis' eldest son El'Ahrai lives in Woodridge, Illinois with his wife Kathy and their daughter Maggy.