His father, a former US Navy officer turned freelance writer, and his mother, a former model and medical technician, reared Schreck in a bohemian counter-culture environment. A student and practitioner of magic and mysticism since his childhood during the late 60s occult revival, Schreck began exploring the link between ritual, music, theater and writing in his adolescence.
A veteran of the 70s Hollywood art-punk movement, he made his professional debut as a keyboardist in 1981 with the neo-beatnik trio The Creeping Unknown and as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in his avant-garde experimental duo Skull Kulture.
His initiatory application of the arts formally began in 1984 when he returned to the West from a life-changing spiritual pilgrimage in Egypt to found the shapeshifting musical ensemble Radio Werewolf.
A series of Radio Werewolf Youth Rallies quickly brought the band a cult following known as the Radio Werewolf Youth Party. Although this incarnation of the band recorded a full studio album, only the songs ''Buried Alive'' and ''1960 Cadillac Hearse'' were officially released.
Schreck's artistic and spiritual collaboration with his consort Zeena commenced at the 8-8-88 Rally in San Francisco. Shortly thereafter, Zeena Schreck became Radio Werewolf’s co-director.
Their ritual recordings The Fiery Summons, The Lightning and the Sun, Songs for the End of the World, Bring Me the Head of Geraldo Rivera! A Benediction in Four Movements, Witchcraft/Boots: A Tribute to the Sinatras, and Love Conquers All, are experiments in sonic magic designed to alter human consciousness and trigger specific long-range changes in the material universe. The final Radio Werewolf release, 2012's The Vinyl Solution, compiles the rare vinyl recordings along with previously unreleased pieces.
Until 1999, the Schrecks led the magical resistance movement, esoteric research network and radical ecology faction known outwardly as The Werewolf Order. In this capacity, Schreck was a leading proponent of religious freedom during the ''Satanic Panic'' of the 1980s, appearing on many US television programs to refute the false claims made by Christian fundamentalists at that time. Schreck renounced Satanism and occultism in the late 90s.
Nikolas Schreck is the author of The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman (2011) Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left Hand Path Sex Magic, (2002) co-authored with Zeena, Flowers from Hell: A Satanic Reader (2001), The Satanic Screen: An Illustrated Guide to the Devil in Cinema, (2001) and the first edition of The Manson File (1988).
His documentary film Charles Manson Superstar (1989) features an extensive interview with Manson held in San Quentin Prison. Schreck’s other screen appearances range from the sublime Usher (Curtis Harrington, 2002) to the ridiculous Mortuary Academy (Michael Schroder, 1988).
In 1997, Schreck produced and released Christopher Lee Sings Devils, Rogues & Other Villains, the legendary British actor's first musical CD.
In 2012, Schreck and James Collord founded their musical collaboration Kingdom of Heaven (KOH) whose songs were premiered on a Nightwatch Radio interview in November 2013. Kingdom of Heaven's first single ''The Ballad of Lurleen Tyler'' was made available via iTunes in December 2013.
A Tantric Buddhist in the Karma Kagyu lineage since 2003, Nikolas Schreck is one of the founding initiates of the Sethian Liberation Movement, a Gnostic religious body and higher intelligence agency dedicated to the liberation of all sentient beings. Zeena has served as SLM’s spiritual guide since its 2002 inception.
He teaches meditation and magic in Berlin to a circle of students from many spiritual backgrounds.
His forthcoming work includes an autobiography, a quartet of novels entitled The Dallas Book of the Dead which Schreck previewed on the NPR program ''Berlin Stories'', and several musical projects, including a series of live performances in Germany with percussionist John Murphy.