Skelton's early years were spent at the Maudlinne Home for Unwanted Children, after being left there at an unknown age by his parents. He had a miserable experience there despite the best efforts of the staff, preferring to intentionally spend his time in isolation. He was a sad and lonely child for many years, before becoming a sad and lonely young man. In 11 AH, as that sad and lonely man, he decided to try for a career in Hollywood. Not for fame or fortune, but to tell the stories that he felt were not being told: the depressing, fatalistic tales that would teach young and old alike that the world was a cold and hopeless place. Characteristically, he met with repeated failure during his first two years in Hollywood, although he kept trying to pitch his work regardless.