Stanford Filbrick "Ford" Pines, also known as The Author, is a paranormal investigator who came to Gravity Falls, Oregon, to study the huge concentration of supernatural activity in and around the town. After spending years of cataloging his research in a series of journals, he disappeared into an alternate dimension. His writings were left as the only evidence of his existence. He was revealed to be Stan Pines'long-lost twin brother who vanished into an another dimension, after a fight with his brother caused him to stumble into the universe portal.