Born in the UK to a British father and American mother, Mike Grist spent his childhood winging between the family farm in Kentucky and a terraced house in Manchester. At 18 he finished his last year of high school in Indiana, hitchhiked the US coast-to-coast then worked at a summer camp in Massachusetts.
Fascinated by the extremes of human behavior, Mike got his undergraduate degree in Psychology then followed up with a Masters in motivation theory. After backpacking through India, he lived in Tokyo, Japan for 11 years, documenting the dark side of the country's gangs, cults and abandoned places. His photography and articles have been featured in the Guardian and the Daily Mail.
Mike is a tournament-winning karate black belt, with training in jiu-jitsu, capoeria and handling arms. Now he writes from London, UK, about CIA black-ops legend Christopher Wren.