Matthias Bauer was born in Lienz in 1973. After graduating with a major in history and ethnology, he started working in the publishing and exhibition industry. He lives and works in Tirol. Together with Bastian Zach, he has co-authored several successful novels such as the Zach/Bauer trilogy Morbus Dei: Die Ankunft, Morbus Dei: Inferno and Morbus Dei: Im Zeichen des Aries.  With 260,000 downloads and sales his works have been a hit with critics and readers alike. The trilogy has been translated into English and Spanish and has been optioned for an international adaptation by ZDF Enterprises and Bavaria. Zach and Bauer also write scripts such as the international Viking film Northmen – A Viking Saga with Ed Skrein (Deadpool, Game of Thrones), Ken Duken (Duell der Brüder, Das Adlon) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood). Northmen was purchased worldwide in over 50 countries. Their US publication landed the film immediately in the DVD/Blu-ray Top 10 category.