Adam Rex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the middle of three children. He was neither the smart one (older brother) or the cute one (younger sister), but he was the one who could draw. He took a lot of art classes as a kid, trying to learn to draw better, and started painting when he was 11. Later he got a BFA from the University of Arizona, and met his physicist wife Marie (who is both the smart and cute one).
Adam and Marie live in Tucson, where Adam draws, paints, writes, spends too much time on the internet, and listens to public radio. Adam is nearsighted, bad at all sports, learning to play the theremin, and usually in need of a shave.
Before getting into kid's books he paid most of his bills illustrating for Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons.
His picture book FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. 2007 saw the release of his first novel, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, which is being turned into an animated feature by Dreamworks. His first book for teens and adults, called FAT VAMPIRE, was be published in 2010.
He's currently (as of 2013) writing an illustrating a new trilogy for middle graders called the Cold Cereal Saga. It's about an evil breakfast cereal company. He also just published Chu's Day, his first picture book with Neil Gaiman.
Garlic and crosses are useless against Adam. Sunlight has been shown to be at least moderately effective. A silver bullet does the trick. Pretty much any bullet, really.