Roger Hobbs was the author of Ghostman and Vanishing Games. Hobbs graduated in 2011 from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he studied ancient languages, film noir, and literary theory. He wrote Ghostman during his senior year. Also in 2011, he sold the adaption rights to his crime fiction Ghostman to Warner Brothers. In 2014, Hobbs was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. Hobbs died of a drug overdose at the age of 28.