Jonathan Maberry

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Not to be confused with John B. Maberry.
Jonathan Maberry
Jonathan Maberry and Rosie.jpg
Jonathan Maberry, 2012
Born (1958-05-18) May 18, 1958 (age 57)
Kensington, Philadelphia[1]
Pen name Shane MacDougall
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Alma mater Temple University
Genre Horror fiction
Notable works Ghost Road Blues, Rot & Ruin, Dust and Decay, Flesh & Bone, "Fire and Ash"
Notable awards Multiple Bram Stoker Awards
Spouse Sara Jo

Jonathan Maberry (born May 18, 1958) is an American author of horror fiction who has won multiple Bram Stoker Awards for works such as Ghost Road Blues (2006), Rot & Ruin (2010), and the young adult novels Dust and Decay (2011) and Flesh & Bone (2012).


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, and this became the topic of his early books,[2] 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 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), and They Bite (also with David F. Kramer, 2009).

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. 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,[3] and he wrote Marvel Zombies Return: Wolverine.[4] In 2010, he wrote Doom War[5] and Marvel Universe Vs The Punisher.[6]

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.[7]

His most prestigious award was for his first young adult novel, Rot & Ruin (2010, Simon & Schuster).[8] It won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel, and became the first of a new series of post-apocalyptic zombie thrillers such as Dust & Decay.[9]


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.[10]

Other work[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.[11]

He 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.



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)
  • The Dragon Factory (March 2010)
  • The King of Plagues (March 2011)
  • Assassin's Code (April 2012)
  • The Extinction Machine (March 2013)
  • Code Zero (March 2014)
  • Predator One (March 2015)
  • Kill Switch (March 2016)

Benny Imura Series[edit]

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

Dead of Night[edit]

  • Dead of Night (2011)
  • Fall of Night (2014)

Dylan Quinn[edit]

  • Watch Over Me (2015)
  • Cold, Cold Heart (2015)


  • The Wolfman Movie Novelization (2010, Tor Books), reached #35 on the New York Times list of bestselling Paperback Mass-Market Fiction in March 2010[7] new


  • 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)



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