Jonathan Green (writer)
|Notable works||Fighting Fantasy
Jonathan Green is a freelance writer. He writes science fiction and fantasy novels for adults (Pax Britannia), adventure gamebooks for children (Fighting Fantasy), and non-fiction books for all ages. He has written for various franchises, from Sonic the Hedgehog and Doctor Who (The Horror of Howling Hill), to books set within Games Workshop's Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 game universes.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Green was a teacher and Deputy Headmaster of a school in London.
He is best known for having written three gamebooks in the original Fighting Fantasy series and the long-lost gamebook Bloodbones which has now been published as part of the new series. He also wrote Spellbreaker, Knights of Doom and Curse of the Mummy in the original series, and a number of other novels and gamebooks. He also successfully raised funds through Kickstarter for You Are the Hero, a non-fiction book unearthing the history of Fighting Fantasy books.
Green has also written a number of novels for the Games Workshop Black Library label, on similar themes. These include Necromancer, Magestorm, The Dead and the Damned, and Iron Hands (set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe). He co-authored several Sonic the Hedgehog gamebooks for Puffin Books with Marc Gascoigne.
In 2003 Green co-created the Pax Britannia science fiction steampunk setting for Abaddon Books' new novel line. He wrote the first book in the series Unnatural History, which features a Victorian Bond-style dandy adventurer called Ulysses Quicksilver, and is now the sole writer on the Pax Britannia line. The eight novel in the series. Times Arrow was inspired by his work on gamebooks – it was serialised as an ebook, and readers could vote on the direction the next segment would take.
His gamebook knowledge has also been used in other areas of his work, producing two gamesbooks, one each Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000. Green also wrote The Horror of Howling Hill, a gamebook in the Decide Your Destiny series of Doctor Who and a Star Wars: The Clone Wars gamebook Crisis on Coruscant. He also wrote an electronic interactive gamebook for Tin Man Games, Temple of the Spider God.
Many of Green's books operate on the intersection between fantasy and horror – Spellbreaker uses a religious rather than mythological setting including herblore, Curse of the Mummy imitates ancient Egyptian tropes, Bloodbones is pirate-themed with undertones of chaos-worship and undeath, Knights of Doom borrows Warhammer Fantasy Battle's chaos imagery, and a number of his Pax Britannia books fall into the horror genre, as well as being Steampunk.
- Go Gos Are Go Go (1997, ISBN 0-14-038675-0)
- Match Wits with the Kids (June 2008, ISBN 978-1848310001)
- What is Myrrh Anyway? (October 2008, ISBN 978-1848310278)
- YOU Are The Hero: A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks (September 2014, ISBN 978-1-909679-38-2 and ISBN 978-1-909679-36-8)
- Fighting Fantasy adventure gamebooks, 1982 to 1995 (Puffin Books):
- Sonic the Hedgehog gamebooks (with Marc Gascoigne, Puffin Books):
- List of Black Library books:
- Warhammer 40,000:
- "Salvation" (short story, in Inferno! No. 1, July/August 1997, collected in: Into the Maelstrom, September 1999, ISBN 1-84154-103-6 and Let the Galaxy Burn, April 2006, ISBN 1-84416-342-3)
- Necromunda (collected in Necromunda Omnibus 2):
- "Bad Spirits" (short story, in Inferno! No. 3, November/December 1997, collected in Status: Deadzone, August 2000, ISBN 1-84154-119-2)
- "Mama's Boys" (short story, in Inferno! #21, November/December 2000)
- "Boyz in the Hive" (short story, in Inferno! #23, March/April 2001)
- "Firestarter" (short story, in Inferno! #26, September/October 2001, collected in Crucible of War, May 2003, ISBN 1-84416-005-X)
- "Bad Medicine" (short story, in Inferno! #29, March/April 2002)
- Black Templars (collected in The Armageddon Omnibus ):
- Iron Hands (August 2004, ISBN 1-84416-094-7)
- "But Dust in the Wind" (short story, in Victories of the Space Marines, April 2011, ISBN 1-84970-042-7)
- Herald of Oblivion (gamebook, July 2012)
- "The Hounds of Winter" (short story, in Realm of Chaos, January 2000, ISBN 1-84154-107-9)
- Badenov's Band:
- "Dark Heart" (short story in Inferno! #5, March/April 1998, collected in Realm of Chaos, January 2000, ISBN 1-84154-107-9)
- "The Nagenhof Bell" (short story, in Inferno! #27, October/November 2001, collected in Swords of the Empire, May 2004, ISBN 1-84416-088-2)
- The Dead and the Damned (December 2002, ISBN 1-84154-266-0)
- "Mark of the Beast" (short story, in Inferno! #34, January/February 2003, collected in Way of the Dead, July 2003, ISBN 1-84416-013-0)
- Magestorm (February 2004, ISBN 1-84416-074-2)
- Necromancer (February 2005, ISBN 1-84416-158-7)
- "The Hanging Tree" (short story, in Tales of the Old World, April 2007, ISBN 1-84416-452-7)
- "Sir Dagobert’s Last Battle" (short story, in Hammer and Bolter #9, July 2011)
- Shadows Over Sylvania (gamebook, February 2013)
- Warhammer 40,000:
- Fighting Fantasy adventure gamebooks, reprint series one, 2002 to 2007 (Wizard Books):
- Pax Britannia (Abaddon Books):
- The Quicksilver Omnibus, Volume 1 (May 2011, UK-ISBN 978-1-907519-36-9, US-ISBN 978-1-907519-56-7) collects:
- The Ulysses Quicksilver Short Story Collection (ebook, May 2011):
- "Christmas Past" (short story, in Human Nature, January 2009)
- Evolution Expects (May 2009, ISBN 978-1906735050)
- "Conqueror Worm" (short story, in Evolution Expects, May 2009)
- Blood Royal (August 2010, UK-ISBN 978-1-906735-30-2, US-ISBN 978-1-907519-37-6)
- Dark Side (September 2011, UK-ISBN 978-1-906735-40-1, US-ISBN 978-1-906735-85-2)
- Anno Frankenstein (May 2011, UK-ISBN 978-1907519444, US-ISBN 978-1907519451)
- Times Arrow (November 2012, ISBN 1781080631) published in three ebook instalments:
- Red-Handed (October 2011)
- Black Swan (May 2012)
- White Noise (September 2012)
- Fighting Fantasy adventure gamebooks, reprint series two, 2009 to present (Wizard Books):
- Doctor Who: Decide Your Destiny #12: The Horror of Howling Hill (March 2008, ISBN 978-1-40590-404-9)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decide Your Destiny: Crisis on Coruscant (January 2010, ISBN 1409390071)
- Gamebook Adventures #7: Temple of the Spider God (interactive gamebook, Tin Man Games, October 2011)
- "The Doll's House" (in House of Fear, Solaris Books, October 2011, ISBN 1907992065)
- Terribe Lizards (in Doctor Who: Book 5: Monstrous Missions, BBC Children's Books, February 2012, ISBN 1405908041)
- "Necropolis" (in Stories of the Smoke Jurassic London, April 2012, ISBN 0957039263)
- Warlock's Bounty (gamebook, Attic Squad)
- "The Serpent's Egg" (in Dreaming in Darkness, forthcoming)
- World War Cthulhu (Cubicle 7, forthcoming)
- "Icon Books > Jonathan Green". Icon Books. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
Jonathan Green has worked as a teacher for the last thirteen years, four of those as a deputy head teacher.
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- Fortune, Ed (28 December 2012). "Interview: Author Jonathan Green | YOU ARE THE HERO". Starburst. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- Jaen, Paco Garcia (23 December 2012). "Interview with Jonathan Green–YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter project". GMS Magazine. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Pax Britannia: Jonathan Green Interview". SFX. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- Edwards, Richard (30 November 2011). "Pax Britannia Novel Needs You!". SFX. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- Squires, Jim (16 March 2011). "Fighting Fantasy author Jonathan Green to join Gamebook Adventures". Gamezebo. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Meet the Writer: Jonathan Green". This is Horror. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- Brazil, Nathan. "The SF Site Featured Review: The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus". SF Site. Retrieved 28 June 2013.