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 65)
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

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, a five-issue standalone series Rot & Ruin: Warrior Smart, and his latest series Pandemic.

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[10]) Flesh & Bone (winner of a 2012 Bram Stoker Award[11]), Fire & Ash, a collection of short stories, Bits and Pieces, Broken Lands, and Lost Roads, which was released on August 25, 2020.

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 of 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; and Deep Silence. Maberry recently launched Rage, the first in the follow-up Rogue Team International series, also featuring Joe Ledger. 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.[12]

His most recent standalone novel was 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. Another standalone, Ink, will be released by St. Martin's Griffin as a trade paperback in 2020. Although a standalone, Ink has elements of other books, including characters and locations from the Pine Deep Trilogy, and the appearance of Monk Addison and Patty Cakes from Glimpse.

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 published Indigo, a collaborative work of fiction written with nine other authors including Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden.[13]

Film and television

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.[14]

In April 2018, it was announced that Netflix greenlit a television adaptation of the V-WARS novels and comics.[15] Following the series announcement, it was confirmed that Maberry would be credited as an executive producer and creator for the Netflix series V Wars.[15] Production for the first season began and ended in 2018 for a 10-episode first season.[16][17][18] The series premiered on December 5, 2019.[19][20]

Other work

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.[21]

Maberry is also a contributing editor for The Big Thrill,[22] 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

Maberry holds an 8th degree black belt in Shinowara-ryu Jujutsu.[1] In 2004 he was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.[23]



Stand-alone novels

Night Universe

Pine Deep Trilogy

Rot & Ruin series

Joe Ledger series

Dead of Night series

The Nightsiders

X-Files Origins

Kagen the Damned

Anthologies and collections

V-Wars: Chronicles of the Vampire Wars


Anthology or Collection Contents Publication


Publisher Comments
Joe Ledger: The Missing Files[25] Countdown

Zero Tolerance

Deep, Dark

Material Witness

Dog Days

2011 Blackstone audio collection
Tales from the Fire Zone[26] Like Part of the Family

Doctor Nine

Property Condemned

Adventure of the Greenbrier Ghost


2012 Blackstone audio collection
An Apple for the Creature[27] Spellcaster 2.0 2012 Ace

Penguin Group

Jo Fletcher Books

Wheeler Publishing

Brilliance Audio

21st Century Dead[28]

A Zombie Anthology

Jack and Jill 2012 St. Martin's
Hungry Tales[29] Calling Death


Pegleg and Paddy Save the World

The Wind through the Fence

2013 Blackstone audio collection
Joe Ledger: Special Ops[30] Countdown

Zero Tolerance

Deep, Dark

Material Witness


Mad Science


The Handyman Gets Out

Borrowed Power

Inside the DMS

Interview with Ray Porter

2014 JournalStone[31] short story collection
Darkness on the Edge of Town: Pine Deep Stories[32] Long Way Home

Mister Pockets

Property Condemned

Whistlin' Past the Graveyard

The Trouble

2015 Blackstone audio collection
Strange Worlds[33] The Things That Live in Cages

The Death Song of Dwar Guntha

Plan 7 From Sin City

Clean Sweeps

The Vanishing Assassin

2015 Blackstone audio collection
Whistling Past the Graveyard[34] Doctor Nine

The Adventure of the Greenbrier Ghost

Calling Death

Flint and Steel

The Death Song of Dwar Guntha


Clean Sweeps

Long Way Home

Mister Pockets

Property Condemned

Whistlin' Past the Graveyard


The Death Poem of Sensei Ōtoro


2016 JournalStone[31]
Red Dreams and Other Stories Red Dreams 2016 JournalStone[31]
Joe Ledger: Unstoppable Introduction


Beneath the Skin: The Case Files of Sam Hunter[35] 2017 JournalStone[31]


short story collection

audio collection

A Wind Through the Fence[36] Pegleg and Paddy Save the World

Plan 7 from Sin City.

Red Dreams

Saint John

Spellcaster 2.0

She's Got a Ticket to Ride

The Cobbler of Oz

The Things That Live in Cages

The Vanishing Assassin

The Wind through the Fence


2017 JournalStone[31]
A Little Bronze Book of Cautionary Tales[37] Ink

Fat Girl With a Knife

Jingo and the Hammerman

Son of the Devil

2017 Borderlands Press
Empty Graves[38] 2021 WordFire Press
Joe Ledger: Secret Missions Vol. 1[39] 2021 Journalstone
Joe Ledger: Secret Missions Vol. 2[40] 2021 Journalstone

Anthology editor





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