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Jonathan Maberry

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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-seller and Audible #1 bestseller, five-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, anthology editor, comic book writer, executive producer, magazine feature writer, playwright, and writing teacher/lecturer. He is the editor of WEIRD TALES Magazine and president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. He is the recipient of the Inkpot Award, three Scribe Awards, and was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than thirty countries. He writes in several genres including thriller, horror, science fiction, epic fantasy, and mystery; and he writes for adults, middle grade, and young adult.

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“There are moments that define a person's whole life. Moments in which everything they are and everything they may possibly become balance on a single decision. Life and death, hope and despair, victory and failure teeter precariously on the decision made at that moment. These are moments ungoverned by happenstance, untroubled by luck. These are the moments in which a person earns the right to live, or not.”
Jonathan Maberry, Rot & Ruin

“I’m not sure I could trust a man who would bypass an Oreo in favor of vanilla wafers. It’s a fundamental character flaw, possibly a sign of true evil.”
Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

“Often it was the most unlikely people who found within themselves a spark of something greater. It was probably always there, but most people are never tested, and they go through their whole lives without ever knowing that when things are at their worst, they are at their best.”
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“Sometimes people say terrible things when they're scared. They don't mean to, but they can't help it. They lash out because if they can see that their words hurt someone else, it makes them feel as if they aren't completely powerless.”
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message 40: by Trever

Trever Just finished (and thoroughly enjoyed) "Dogs of War". One throwaway line caught me - Joe made a joke about the DMS versus Godzilla. I realize it would burst the believability factor of the series, but now I really, *really* want to see Joe piloting a giant robot in battles against incoming kaiju.

Please make this happen. :D

Jonathan KILL SWITCH - the new JOW LEDGER thriller now available for pre-order on Audible. It debuts in print, eBook and audio on April 26. http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-T...

message 37: by Coty

Coty Thanks for releasing the entire collection including the new Bits & Pieces. Purchased it the other day at my local Barnes & Noble. Excited to make it through to Flesh & Bone which is where I left off at a while back. Now I own 2 copies of Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, an a hard back cover of Flesh an Bone along with the paperback that came with the collection.

message 36: by Janie (last edited Jan 07, 2015 03:13PM)

Janie Johnson I am so looking forward to Predator One! YAY! Thanks so much for all your hard work on an amazing series!

message 35: by Angela (last edited Jun 02, 2014 01:04PM)

Angela Hello Mr. Maberry. :) Your work enthralls the bookworm in me. Thank you for hours upon hours of fantastic reads.

I appreciate your friend acceptance. That one press of a button shows me you care about your readers. What joy ! ! !


message 34: by Dale (last edited Jul 19, 2014 05:35PM)

Dale Thele Jonathan, thank you for the Goodreads connect.
Wishing you the very best in 2014!

message 33: by Kat

Kat Shelton Thank you for the acceptance! I came across Rot and Ruin one day searching for something to read and now I am a fan. I recommend you to everyone!

message 32: by JJB

JJB Thank you for accepting my friend request. I just started to read Rot and Ruin and I find it to be fantastic :)

Michelle I totally had a dream that everyone on the reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians were turned into zombies and were atlarge attacking people and the only ones who could save us were Joe Ledger and Tom Imura.

message 30: by Mike

 Mike Working title: Feast or Famine
Forward by Bowie Ibarra
Deadline for submissions August 1, 2013

Anthology Theme: There are individuals known as survivalists, or now known by the recently coined term: preppers. These people are making preparations to ensure their safety and continued existence in the occurrence of a catastrophic disaster or event. But what happens when the SHTF? Really? You will have a population of have and have nots. Those who were ready and prepared and those who are caught unaware and panicked. The struggle for available resources will be another catastrophic event in and of itself as humans fight to either defend and retain what they have established or to take what others had the foresight to store and prepare.

This is the end as we know it. For some, life and death hinges on acquiring basic human needs, while for others life is good, if not better in accordance with their due diligence.
The Zombie Apocalypse has arrived. Will it be feast or famine?

We are accepting short stories, poems, recipes, and artwork for this anthology. Written items should be edited to the best of your ability but they will be reviewed for any missed grammatical or sentence structure errors. In the case of glaring errors or obvious oversight, content change may be encouraged. Artwork should be submitted in a quality resolution jpg file no larger than 500x750 pixels.

Written submission requirements:
Must be a member of ZombieFans.com http://zombiefans.com/
All entries must be in a .doc or .rtf file.
12 pt., Times New Roman font
Single spaced
Indent paragraphs
Approximately 5,000-10,000 words
Author's name and email, story title, and word count must be on first page.
Only unpublished stories will be accepted

Artistic submission requirements:
Must be a member of ZombieFans.com http://zombiefans.com/
Color or black/white images will be accepted
jpg file
No larger than 500x750 pixels

Author/Artist rights:
Rights remain with the author/artist. Upon submission, it is understood the item will not be published or shared elsewhere by the author/artist until after the Anthology is released. After publication, we encourage the author/artist to share their work as much as possible.

Creators of accepted items will receive a copy of the anthology, invitations to any events pertinent to the Anthology, and samples of promotional or marketing materials created for the Anthology.

Publisher rights:
1st publishing rights
The right to use the item as long as there is demand for the Anthology
The right to refuse an item which does not meet our standards or requirements
The right to edit accepted written work for grammatical and sentence structure errors
The right to encourage content change if there are glaring errors
The right to use the author/artist name and parts of accepted items for marketing and promotion purposes

Please submit your work to: evesurvival@hotmail.com
For questions or comments visit the Anthology discussion on Zombie Fans:
For additional technical background groundwork see James Jackson's group: Prepping 101: The Basics

message 29: by Coty

Coty I just finished Benny Imura #2 "Dust & Decay" the other day an I already own "Flesh & Bone" but I'm hesitant on picking it up because I know I'll soon have it read an than be on hold until later this year for "Fire & Ash". I've never been an avid reader, actually haven't read more than 10 books on leisure time my whole life. Recently I thought I'd throw down the games an pick up the books an I thought you'd be proud to know Rot & Ruin or the Benny Imura Series is the first I've decided to read. So far enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks Jonathan!

Q: Will we see Fast Tommy anymore in the series?

Michelle You know I love a book when I decide to actually buy a copy for myself after reading it for free thanks to my library.

MommyDearest Just finished Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay. Couldn't put them down, or actually I didn't want to put them down. There was 1 part in the second book that I didn't like. A part that made me cry. Wish that part had been different.

That said I'm really looking forward to Flesh & Bone.

Thanks for the add!

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

Faye, la Patata I'm sure you already saw my little message to you but I still just want to say you really rock, Sir!! I'll be reading your books and review each one of them :)

message 24: by Jenna

Jenna thanks for friending! :)


message 23: by Karisa

Karisa Mariee Hey! Thanks for accepting my friend request. I am currently reading Rot & Ruin. I'm not that far into it, but so far it's pretty good! :)

Savannah Thank you for the friendship...

VampireNovelFan Thanks very much for the friendvite! I look forward to checking out your work!


message 20: by Taznim

Taznim thanks for the add!

Jonathan Hey, guys!

Harlequin Books Happy Thanksgiving Jonathan, it is a pleasure to meet you. If you have any questions about Harlequin or any of our books, please feel free to ask.

message 17: by Becca

Becca Hi Jonathan :D

message 16: by Alyssa

Alyssa I really enjoyed your segments on Zombies: A Living History on the History channel! Most informative and interesting.=)

Jonathan Hope you enjoy 'em, Lucy

message 14: by Lucy

Lucy Thanks for the friend request. I'm looking forward to reading the Benny Imura series. They come highly recommended and I'm eager for a zombie fix!

message 13: by Adriana

Adriana Thank you for the friend request. :)

message 12: by Lou

Lou Hi i notice youre still stuck on reading relentless lol.

Jonathan Great to see you, Eva. Thanks for coming to the Liars Club event.

I'm working out some new readings/signings. I'll be doing Clinton, NJ; Claymont, DE; and a few places around Pennsylvania. Dates and times soon.

Eva-Marie I had a GREAT time listening to you read this afternoon! I'm so happy I learned about it from you in time to drive up. I can honestly say there aren't but about 2 or 3 authors I'd drive 2+ hours for but your story in The New Dead was out of this world and I know Rot & Ruin will be also. (Which I'm going to cherish now! lol)
If you think of it let me know when you do any other readings near Philly and I'll try to come. I'm going to get Zombie CSU this weekend too - looking forward to it. Thanks!!

message 8: by Tiff

Tiff I read "Countdown" a couple months ago after my book club finished up Patient Zero. I loved it, great background to get the reader into the story of Joe Ledger.

I just finished "Deep Dark" - it was fabulous! I miss Joe a lot and I can't wait to get The Dragon Factory, I'm so excited for it to come out 3-2!!

message 7: by J.D.

J.D. Holiday Thanks, Jonathan, for adding me to your friends list.
J.D. Holiday

message 6: by J.D.

J.D. Holiday Thanks, Johathan, for added me to your friends list.
J.D. Holiday

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Wow Jonathan, your bio is very impressive. Thanks for adding me. If you have time, I'd love for you to visit my web site, jeanniebarber.com. I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. I’m co-authoring a novel with Patty Wiseman, another friend on Goodreads. We’ve known each other for over 30 years. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too! There’s also a link to our book you can click on…clairkelley@synthasite.com. This site is brand new and in the editing stage as is our story. Please visit it as well.

message 4: by Lee

Lee Thanks for being my goodreads buddy, Jonathan!

My new romantic suspense, The Twist is a Bookstrand #1 Bestseller! A story of mind-bending control and unnerving metamorphosis, The Twist unravels the tale of a hotshot consultant as he struggles to foil a plot to steal $12 million and to rescue the feisty, female scientist who has stolen his heart.



Lee Silver
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Louise I have to add "Ghost Road Blues" and "Bad Moon Rising" to the TBR pile. :) So many books to catch up on.

message 2: by Don

Don 100 pages to go in Bad Moon Rising...I'm having trouble working. ;-)

See you soon.

Louise Hello Jonathan,

Thank you for friending me on good reads. :) Take care,


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