Jonathan Maberry

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Jonathan Maberry
Jonathan Maberry and his dog Rosie in 2012
Jonathan Maberry and his dog Rosie in 2012
Born (1958-05-18) May 18, 1958 (age 60)
Kensington, Philadelphia[1]
Pen nameShane MacDougall
Alma materTemple University
GenreSuspense fiction
Notable worksGhost Road Blues, Rot & Ruin, Dust and Decay, Flesh & Bone, "Fire and Ash"
Notable awardsMultiple Bram Stoker Awards
SpouseSara Jo
Official website

Jonathan Maberry (born May 18, 1958) is an American suspense author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer.[2] He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers.[3]

Early life[edit]

Jonathan Maberry was born in Kensington, Philadelphia, attended Frankford High School, and then went on to Temple University. Growing up in a rough neighborhood, he began learning martial arts at the age of 6.[4]



Maberry's early work featured martial arts as a topic, such as Judo and You (Kendall Hunt 1990), Ultimate Jujutsu (Strider Nolan, 2002) and Ultimate Sparring (Strider Nolan 2003).

In the next phase of his career, he departed from martial arts writing and wrote several books on the folklore and beliefs of the occult and paranormal, including The Vampire Slayers Field Guide to the Undead (Strider Nolan, 2000), written under the pen name of Shane MacDougall; Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us and Hunger for Us (Citadel Press, 2006); The Cryptopedia, co-authored by David F. Kramer (2007); Zombie CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead (2008); They Bite (also with David F. Kramer, 2009); and Wanted Undead or Alive (with Janice Gable Bashman, 2010). The Cryptopedia won the Bram Stoker Award for best nonfiction work.

Mayberry (right) at the 2012 New York Comic Con

His first novel, Ghost Road Blues, won the 2007 Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. That book was the first of the Pine Deep Trilogy and was followed by Dead Man's Song (2007) and Bad Moon Rising (2008), all from Pinnacle Books.

Maberry is also a freelance comic book writer, first for Marvel and later for Dark Horse and IDW Publishing. His first story, "Wolverine: Ghosts", was published as a backup story in Wolverine: Anniversary, April 2009. In August 2009 he became the regular writer for Marvel's Black Panther series, starting on the 7th issue,[5] and he wrote Marvel Zombies Return: Wolverine.[6] In 2010, he wrote Doom War[7] and Marvel Universe Vs The Punisher,[8] Marvel Universe Vs Wolverine, Marvel Universe Vs The Avengers; Klaws of the Panther, and Captain America: Hail Hydra. He moved to Dark Horse Comics and produced a single miniseries, Bad Blood,with artist Tyler Crook, which went on to win the Bram Stoker Award for Best Graphic Novel. His work for IDW Publishing includes two collections of V-Wars, and a five-issue standalone series Rot & Ruin: Warrior Smart.

His bestselling work was the novelization of the 2010 film The Wolfman which starred Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, and Hugo Weaving. In March 2010, the novel reached #35 on the mass-market paperback section of The New York Times Best Seller List. It was nominated for and won the Scribe Award for Best Film Adaptation, issued by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.[9]

In 2010 Maberry began writing young adult post-apocalyptic zombie stories. His first prestigious award was for his first young adult novel, Rot & Ruin (2010, Simon & Schuster). It won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel, was named in Booklist’s Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, an American Library Association Top Pick, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; winner of several state Teen Book Awards including the Cricket, Nutmeg and MASL; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards. It became the first of a new series of post-apocalyptic zombie thrillers such as Dust & Decay (winner of a 2011 Bram Stoker Award) Flesh & Bone (winner of a 2012 Bram Stoker Award), Fire & Ash, and a collection of short stories, Bits and Pieces.

Maberry then launched a series called The Nightsiders that blends science fiction with horror. Book 1 of that series, The Orphan Army was named as one the 100 Best Books for Children. A follow-up, Vault of Shadows was published in August 2016.

The series for which Maberry is best known is the Joe Ledger Series, in which a Baltimore police detective is recruited into a Special Ops unit attached to the mysterious Department of Military Sciences, which is run by enigmatic Mr. Church. Each of the books in the series pits Ledger and his team against a different kind of extreme science threat. In the first novel, Patient Zero, the threat is a pathogen that turns people into zombies. In the second book, The Dragon Factory, the villains are geneticists using cutting-edge science to restart the Nazi master race eugenics program. The rest of the series follows with The King of Plagues, Assassin’s Code, Extinction Machine, Code Zero, Predator One, Kill Switch, Dogs of War; with Deep Silence scheduled for October 2018. A collection of Maberry’s Joe Ledger short stories, Joe Ledger: Special Ops was released by JournalStone. The series' main publisher, Griffin, released Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, an anthology of Ledger stories written by a variety of top suspense and mystery writers including Tim Lebbon, Scott Sigler, Steve Alten, Weston Ochse, Dana Fredsti, Christopher Golden, Joe McKinney, Jeremy Robinson, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Bryan Thomas-Schmidt, and others.

In 2015 Maberry released a rare standalone novel, Ghostwalkers, based on the Deadlands table top role playing game. The book was nominated for a Scribe Award for best original novel based on a licensed property.

His most recent standalone novel is Glimpse, published in March 2018 by St. Martin's Press. Glimpse is a chilling thriller that explores what happens when reality and nightmares converge, and how far one will go to protect the innocent when their own brain is a threat.

Maberry is also a prolific editor of anthologies in a variety of genre including dark fantasy (Out of Tune and Out of Tune Vol 2), science fiction/horror (The X-Files: Trust No One, The X-Files: The Truth is Out There, and The X-Files: Secret Agendas, all from IDW Publishing); horror (Nights of the Living Dead, with George A. Romero); mystery pastiche (Alternate Sherlocks, with Michael Ventrella), political thrillers with horror (V-wars, V-Wars: Blood and Fire, V-Wars: Night Terrors, and V-Wars: Shockwaves), and an anthology of horror stories for teens (Scary Out There) which features original stories and poetry by R.L. Stine, Ellen Hopkins, Linda Addision, Ilsa J. Bick, and many others.[citation needed]

In 2017 he published Devil’s Advocate, one of the first two books in the X-Files Origins series. Maberry wrote the story about a young Dana Scully, while colleague Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), wrote Agent of Chaos, a young Fox Mulder story.

Also in 2017, Maberry will publish Indigo, a collaborative work of fiction written with nine other authors including Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden.[10]

Film and television[edit]

In May 2010, Maberry's work was the basis of a television pilot written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach named "Department Zero", which was moved into active production by ABC Television.[11]

As of April 2018, the V-WARS novels and comics are being adapted for a Netflix series starring Ian Somerhalder(Lost, The Vampire Diaries). Production begins immediately on a 10-episode first season. The series deals with an outbreak of a virus that triggers a dormant gene, turning five percent of the human population into vampires. This kicks off a global crisis of humans vs vampires, with good and bad on both sides. The official announcement first appeared in the April 16th, 2018 issue of Hollywood Reporter.

Other work[edit]

Maberry is a speaker for the National Writers Union, a writing mentor for the Horror Writers Association and the Mystery Writers of America, a member of the International Thriller Writers and president of the NJ-PA Chapter of the Horror Writers Association.[12]

Maberry is also a contributing editor for The Big Thrill,[13] the monthly newsletter of the International Thriller Writers, and a founding partner of The Liars Club, a networking group of professionals in publishing and other aspects of entertainment.

Personal life[edit]

Maberry holds an 8th degree black belt in Shinowara-ryu Jujutsu.[1] In 2004 he was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.[14]



Pine Deep Trilogy[edit]

  • Ghost Road Blues (June 2006), Pinnacle Books)
  • Dead Man's Song (July 2007), Pinnacle Books
  • Bad Moon Rising (May 2008) (final), Pinnacle Books

Joe Ledger Series[edit]

  • Patient Zero (March 2009) St. Martin's Griffin
  • The Dragon Factory (March 2010), St. Martin's Griffin
  • The King of Plagues (March 2011), St. Martin's Griffin
  • Assassin's Code (April 2012), St. Martin's Griffin
  • The Extinction Machine (March 2013), St. Martin's Griffin
  • Code Zero (March 2014), St. Martin's Griffin
  • Joe Ledger: Special Ops (April 2014), JournalStone
  • Predator One (March 2015), St. Martin's Griffin
  • Kill Switch (April 2016), St. Martin's Griffin
  • Dogs of War (2017), St. Martin's Griffin
  • Deep Silence (October 2018), St. Martin's Griffin

Rot & Ruin series[edit]

  • Rot & Ruin (September 2010), Simon & Schuster
  • Dust & Decay (August 2011), Simon & Schuster
  • Flesh & Bone (September 2012), Simon & Schuster
  • Fire & Ash (2013; Finale), Simon & Schuster
  • Bits & Pieces (2015; Short Story Collection), Simon & Schuster

Dead of Night series[edit]

  • Dead of Night (2011), St. Martin's Griffin
  • Fall of Night (2014), St. Martin's Griffin
  • Dark of Night (2016; Novella), JournalStone]

Dylan Quinn[edit]

  • Watch Over Me (2018), Simon & Schuster
  • Cold, Cold Heart (2019), Simon & Schuster

The Nightsiders[edit]

  • The Nightsiders: The Orphan Army (2015, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • The Nightsiders: Vault of Shadows (2016, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

X-Files Origins[edit]

  • Devil's Advocate (2017, Imprint/Macmillan)

V-Wars: Chronicles of the Vampire Wars[edit]

  • V-Wars (editor and principal writer - 2012, IDW Publishing)
  • V-Wars: Blood and Fire (editor and principal writer - 2014, IDW Publishing)
  • V-Wars: Night Terrors (editor and principal writer - 2016, IDW Publishing)
  • V-Wars: Shockwaves (editor and principal writer - 2016, IDW Publishing)


  • The Wolfman Movie Novelization (2010, Tor Books)
  • Deadlands: Ghostwalkers (October 2010; Tor Books)
  • Mars One (2016; Simon & Schuster)
  • Indigo (2017; St. Martin's Press)
  • Glimpse (2018; St. Martin's Griffin)


  • Joe Ledger: Special Ops (2014; JournalStone; short story collection)
  • Joe Ledger: The Missing Files (2012, Blackstone audio collection)
  • Joe Ledger: Unstoppable (2017)
  • Darkness on the Edge of Town: Pine Deep Stories (2015; Blackstone Audio)
  • Tales from the Fire Zone (2012, Blackstone Audio)
  • Hungry Tales (2013, Blackstone Audio)
  • Strange Worlds (2015, Blackstone Audio)
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard and Other Stories (2016, JournalStone)
  • Red Dreams and Other Stories (2016, JournalStone)
  • Beneath the Skin: The Case Files of Sam Hunter (2017, JournallStone - print; Blackstone - Audio)

Anthologies: (editor only)[edit]

  • Out of Tune vol 1 (2014, JournalStone Publishing)
  • Out of Tune Vol 2 (2016, JournalStone Publishing)
  • X-Files: Trust No One (2015, IDW Publishing)
  • X-Files: The Truth is Out There (2016, IDW Publishing)
  • X-Files: Secret Agenda (2016, IDW Publishing)
  • Scary Out There (2016, Simon & Schuster)
  • Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, with Bryan Thomas-Schmidt (2017, Simon & Schuster)
  • Alternate Sherlocks Vol 1, with Michael Ventrella (2016, Diversion Press)
  • Nights of the Living Dead, with George Romero (2017, St. Martin's Griffin)
  • Hardboiled Horror (2017, JournalStone Publishing)


  • The Martial Arts Student Log Book (October 2002)
  • Ultimate Jujutsu: Principles and Practices (October 2002)
  • Ultimate Sparring: Principles & Practices (January 2003)
  • Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us and Hunger for Us (September 2006)
  • The Cryptopedia: A Dictionary of the Weird, Strange, and Downright Bizarre (September 2007)
  • Zombie CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead (September 2008)
  • THEY BITE!: Endless Cravings of Supernatural Predators (August 2008)
  • Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil (September 2010)
  • Judo and You: A Handbook for the Serious Student (Kendall Hunt, 1991, ISBN 0-8403-6664-7)
  • MacDougall, Shane (pseudonym) The Vampire Slayers' Field Guide to the Undead (Doylestown, PA: Strider Nolan Publishing, 2003, ISBN 1-932045-13-9)
  • Shinowara-ryo Jujutsu: Student Handbook (1994, Vortex Multimedia)
  • Shinowara-ryo Jujutsu: A History (1993, Vortex Multimedia)
  • Introduction to Asian Martial Arts (1993, Vortex Multimedia)
  • Self-Defense for Every Woman (1992, Vortex Multimedia)
  • The Joe Ledger Companion, with Dana Fredsti & Mari Adkins (2017, JournalStone)



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  2. ^ Montes, Sebastian. "Del Mar author Jonathan Maberry's vampire novel 'V-Wars' lands Netflix deal". Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  3. ^ "Today's Top 10 Horror Authors". Horror Novel Reviews. 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  4. ^ Francis, Naila (October 13, 2013). "Soon-to-be West Coast author Jonathan Maberry braces for his busiest year yet". Bucks County Courier Times.[dead link]
  5. ^ A New Team for Black Panther Archived June 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., IGN, May 11, 2009
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  8. ^ "Maberry Referees 'Marvel Universe Vs. the Punisher'" Archived October 2, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.. Comic Book Resources
  9. ^ "Previous Scribe Award Winners" Archived May 2, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.. International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  10. ^ Liptak, Andrew (2017-06-20). "Indigo is a collaborative superhero novel written by 10 different authors". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 24, 2010). "ABC Puts 5 Projects In Active Development". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
  12. ^ Writer profile Archived August 9, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.,
  13. ^ Big Thrill 2008 October Archives[permanent dead link],
  14. ^ Jonathan Maberry profile at Mystery Writers of America Archived October 1, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.,
  15. ^ "Past Bram Stoker Nominees & Winners". Horror Writers Association. Retrieved September 1, 2014.

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