Welcome to the official website of Diego Valenzuela, Mexican-born-and-bred bilingual author, screenwriter, metal singer, and blogger under the pseudonym The Damn Beast.
I was born in Mexico City on February 1986. I’ve lived here most of my life, attending a Catholic elementary and middle school. I went to college at UIA Mexico City, where I majored in Mass Communications with a minor in Film, graduating in 2010. I started writing fiction when I was 12 years old, when I spent a year abroad in Dublin at an academy where speaking — or even thinking — in Spanish was prohibited. During long hours of Study Hall, I took to reading and eventually writing.
It has been a passion ever since.
I finished my first novel, Reverie of Gods, a 250,000 word behemoth, during my second year of college, and it has been cooking in editing hell ever since. My actual debut, The Armor of God, started as a wild idea to try and write something new and more easily marketable. It was first published in my blog for free, chapter by chapter, where it began to slowly grow in popularity. It was published on October 14th, 2014.
The Armor of God was followed by The Unfinished World, the direct sequel which received excellent reviews from best-selling authors like Piers Anthony and María A. Escandón. I am currently working on the third and final book of the trilogy, The Riven God.
Though its purpose is now archival, feel free to visit Wolf in a Gorilla Suit, the blog on which I rant, rave and review all that falls under the category of pop culture. Don’t forget to also check out Watercolor Butterfly’s Soundcloud so you can listen to our debut album, The God Particle, in its entirety. You can find links to my Facebook and my Twitter accounts in the top right-hand corner as well. Follow me so we can connect.
- The Armor of God (“The Armor of God” Trilogy, Book One): Author
- The Unfinished World (“The Armor of God” Trilogy, Book Two): Author
- Reverie of Gods: Author
- Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Contributor
- Villainous (Cartoon Network TV Show): Screenwriter
- GameBeast (Videogame Web Magazine): Editor in Chief / Founder
- Wolf in a Gorilla Suit (Pop Culture Website): Editor in Chief / Founder
- Agent Awesome (Videogame by Chaos Industries): Writer / Punch-Up
Radio / Podcast
- El Beastcast – (Videogame Podcast): Host
- Watercolor Butterfly – The God Particle: Lead Clean/Harsh Vocals