Born and raised in New York's Catskill Mountains, Josh Sinsapaugh is the author of Rifts® Shemarrian Nation™ and three yet to be published manuscripts for Rifts® (with co-author Jack Philpott) based in the American Deep South. A frequent contributor to The Rifter® (where he got his start), his work has also appeared in Rifts® D-Bees of North America™ and the short story anthology, Rifts® Tales of the Chi-Town ‘Burbs. Outside of writing for Palladium, Josh's creative works have included poetry, yet more short story writing, and the visual arts of drawing and painting,
Attracted to storytelling at an early age, Josh has been a fan of the craft in all its forms throughout his life. Not only does he enjoy a fine yarn, he also likes tracing how myths, songs, and legends evolve and grow over time as they are passed down through the generations and across cultural boundaries. It is through this love of legends, folklore, and simply telling a good story that he found role-playing games and Palladium Books. Years later, Josh would find game design and world building to be a natural fit as well, culminating in his first Rifter® article in the 30th issue. Since then, the New York native has worked on a myriad of projects for Palladium and continues to dream up new concepts for the company's various game lines.
Josh lives in Saugerties, New York, where he continues his various writing projects for Palladium and an increasing number of clients. An avid music collector and fan, he spends what little spare time he has curating an always growing collection of CDs, MP3s, and a large number of vinyl records as well as GMing games for his group of over ten years. Josh also maintains a twitter feed (@TopoftheEnd) where he tweets about writing, art, and music.