Josh Malerman

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Josh Malerman
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Malerman at the New York Comic Con
Residence Ferndale, Michigan
Nationality American
Occupation Author of novels and short stories
singer/songwriter
Notable work Bird Box
Black Mad Wheel
Website http://www.joshmalerman.com

Josh Malerman is an American author of novels and short stories and one of two singer/songwriters for the rock band The High Strung.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Before publishing his debut novel, Bird Box, with ECCO/HarperCollins, he wrote fourteen novels, never having shopped one of them. Bird Box was published in the United Kingdom and United States in 2014 to much critical acclaim.[3][4][5])

As the singer/songwriter of the Detroit rock band The High Strung, Malerman toured the country for six years, playing approximately 250 shows a year. Malerman wrote many of the rough drafts for these novels in the passenger seat between cities on tour. He says this about those days: "I never saw the books with dollar signs in my eyes. It was no hobby, that’s for sure, it was the real thing and always has been, but I was happy, then, simply writing, and while I blindly assumed they'd be published one day, I had no idea how something like that occurred."[citation needed]

When a friend from high school, Dave Simmer, who had with authors and properties in Hollywood, asked Malerman’s permission to send one of his books to some people he knew in the publishing industry. Malerman sent Goblin, a collection of novellas that take place in the titular city of Goblin. Malerman subsequently spoke with an agent and editors. He says this of the part Simmer played in his career: “There were two things at play at that point in time; one, Dave was a ghostly benefactor, golden-hearted and smart, descending from the sky to help me. And two, what may sound like luck couldn't have become good fortune if I wasn't armed with a dozen novels to talk shop with."[6]

For many of Malerman's books, he has done live readings with a theatrical bent, Bird Box, Black Mad Wheel, and Goblin among them. "Our readings are more than just me at a podium," Malerman says. “Steve Greene will be doing live music while other people act out the scene I'm reading. It's more than an excerpt."[7]

A limited edition of Goblin was published on Halloween in 2017, by Earthling Publications.[8]

The song "The Luck You Got" from The High Strung album Moxie Bravo is featured as the theme song to the US version of the show Shameless.[9]

Black Mad Wheel (ECCO/HarperCollins) was published in May 2017.[10]

In October 2017, Malerman was the subject of a documentary, Quilt of Delirium, directed by Scott Allen.[11]

Del Rey Books purchased the rights to Unbury Carol, a fantastic horror-western published in April 2018.[12]

Cemetery Dance is set to publish a hardcover limited edition of On This, the Day of the Pig in October 2018.

Bird Box was adapted into a post-apocalyptic film of the same name. It is directed by Susanne Bier and written by Eric Heisserer, based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Malerman. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich. The film is scheduled to be released on December 21, 2018 by Netflix.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Malerman lives in Ferndale, Michigan with his fiancée, artist/musician, Allison Laakko.[14]

Awards[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Bird Box (2014)[18]
  • Black Mad Wheel (2017)
  • Goblin (2017, published by Earthling Publications)
  • Unbury Carol (2018)
  • On This, The Day of the Pig (2018)

Novellas[edit]

  • Ghastle and Yule (2014, published as a Kindle Single)
  • A House at the Bottom of a Lake (2016)

Short stories[edit]

  • "A Fiddlehead Party on Carpenter’s Farm" (2015, published in Shadows Over Main Street)
  • "Clark! Stop!" (2015, published in the Metropolitan de'Troit)
  • "Plots" (2015, published in the Metropolitan de'Troit)
  • "Danny" (2016, published in Scary Out There)
  • "The Bigger Bedroom" (2016, published in Chiral Mad 3)
  • "Who is Bringing Milk to Me?" (2016, published in Out of Tune– Book 2)
  • "I Can Taste the Blood/Vision I" (2016 , published in I Can Taste The Blood)
  • "The One You Live With" (2016, published in Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories)
  • "The Givens Sensor Board" (2016, published in Lost Signals)
  • "Matter" (2016, published in "Cemetery Dance" Issue 74/75)
  • "The Jupiter Drop" (2016, published in You, Human)
  • "The House of the Head" (2017, published in New Fears)
  • "Jessica Malerman" (2017, published in Dark Moon Digest magazine)
  • "Lime" (2017, published in Hardboiled Horror)
  • "Basic Shade" (2018, published in Primogen: Origin of Monsters)

Albums[edit]

  • Bid Me Off (1998, Malerman/Owen)
  • A Lot of Old Reasons (1999, Malerman/Owen)
  • Mary Muzzle (1999, solo)
  • Here Comes The Cheer (2000, The High Strung)
  • As Is (2000, The High Strung)
  • Soap (2001, EP, The High Strung)
  • Sure as Hell (2002, EP, The High Strung)
  • These Are Good Times (2003, The High Strung)
  • Hannah (2003, The High Strung)
  • Follow Through on Your Backhand (2004, EP, The High Strung)
  • Moxie Bravo (2005, The High Strung)
  • Get the Guests (2007, The High Strung)
  • Phantom of the Opry (2008, solo)
  • CreEPy (2008, EP, The High Strung)
  • Ode to the Inverse (2009, The High Strung)
  • Dragon Dicks (2010, The High Strung)
  • Live at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (2010, The High Strung)
  • Malerman/Owen I (2010, Malerman/Owen)
  • Clown Car (2011, The High Strung)
  • Malerman/Owen II (2012, Malerman/Owen)
  • Preposterous! (2012, solo)
  • ?Posible o' Imposible? (2012, The High Strung)
  • I, Anybody (2014, The High Strung)
  • Quiet Riots (2018, The High Strung)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spiegelman, Ian. "Author Josh Malerman is more Stoker than Lovecraft". USA Today. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "DETROIT PROUD: Josh Malerman". CBS Detroit. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Callwood, Brett. "The Fright Stuff". Metro Times. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fiery prose". Metro Times. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "THE HIGH STRUNG: QUICK STUDIES". Magnet Magazine. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Josh Malerman: American author and songwriter". Josh Malerman: American author and songwriter. Retrieved 2018-02-21. 
  7. ^ "'Goblin' a change for Ferndale novelist Josh Malerman". Retrieved 2018-02-21. 
  8. ^ "Earthling Publications - Books". www.earthlingpub.com. Retrieved 2018-02-21. 
  9. ^ "The High Strung". Wikipedia. 2017-11-17. 
  10. ^ Malerman, Josh. "Black Mad Wheel - Josh Malerman - Hardcover". HarperCollins US. Retrieved 2018-02-21. 
  11. ^ "Documentary on author/musician Josh Malerman (High Strung) sees release | Ghettoblaster Magazine". Ghettoblaster Magazine. 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2018-02-21. 
  12. ^ Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman | PenguinRandomHouse.com. 
  13. ^ Bird Box (2018), retrieved 2018-02-21 
  14. ^ Wing, Diana. "Ferndale Reads is a horror-filled delight". Hometown Life. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Introducing the 2015 Michigan Notable Books!". Michigan.gov. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "THE JAMES HERBERT AWARD 2015". PanMacmillan. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Final Ballot for Bram Stoker Awards® 2014". HWA. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  18. ^ Woods, Ashley. "Josh Malerman, Detroit Author And Musician, To Publish 'Bird Box' With HarperCollins". Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 

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