Lee Mellor (born August 4, 1982, Chester, England) is an Anglo-Canadian author and alternative country musician distinguished by his intricate lyrics and growly vocal stylings.
Mellor attended Bowmanville High School and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009 from Concordia University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the study of violent offenders by combining psychological and sociological approaches.
As a musician, Mellor has been spotlighted and interviewed on CBC Radio, and in 2007 was voted among the top 10 singer-songwriters in Montreal. By the 2008 poll he had risen to No. 3 singer-songwriter in the city, behind Leonard Cohen and Rufus Wainwright.
Mellor's debut album Ghost Town Heart was released independently on August 18, 2007. He is known for coining the term "citygrass" to describe Montreal's emerging alternative country scene.
In 2010, while working on his second album, Mellor also produced and played on Montreal singer-songwriter Roses's self-titled debut EP. A music video for "Suzy Blue Eyes" from his second album Lose was officially released on YouTube in early 2011.
Lose, described by Mellor as an album he made "for himself," followed shortly after on April 30, 2011.
Mellor also produced Kristen Bussandri's "Diamonds to Dust" EP, released July 2011.
Mellor's first book, Cold North Killers: Canadian Serial Murder, was released on March 3, 2012, by Dundurn Press. The true crime work documents and analyzes the phenomenon of serial homicide in Canada, providing over 60 cases as examples. He researched 75 serial homicides but did not include them all because of limited space in the book. A second volume on Canadian multicide, Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing, was released on March 9, 2013.
Mellor is editor-in chief of the e-magazine Serial Killer Quarterly to which he regularly contributes articles, along with fellow true crime writers Harold Schechter, Katherine Ramsland, Michael Newton, Cathy Scott, Burl Barer, Carol Anne Davis, and Robert Hoshowsky.