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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (16 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786018151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786018154
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.

He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; now in development for film; named in Booklist's Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; nominee for several state Teen Book Awards; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards); DUST & DECAY (winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award; FLESH & BONE (winner of the Bram Stoker Award; 2012; and FIRE & ASH (August 2013). His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St. Martin's Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel; THE DRAGON FACTORY, 2010; THE KING OF PLAGUES, 2011; ASSASSIN'S CODE, 2011; EXTINCTION MACHINE, 2013; CODE ZER0, 2014, and PREDATOR ONE, 2015.

His mystery novels include the upcoming Dylan Quinn mystery-thriller series for teens: WATCH OVER ME (Simon & Schuster, 2014) and COLD, COLD HEART (2015); and the NIGHTSIDERS series of middle-grade horror/sci-fi adventures, which debut in 2015.

His horror novels include The Pine Deep Trilogy from Pinnacle Books (GHOST ROAD BLUES, 2006, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium; DEAD MAN'S SONG, 2007; and BAD MOON RISING, 2008), as well as DEAD OF NIGHT, 2011 and its forthcoming sequel, FALL OF NIGHT, 2014. He also wrote the movie novelization, THE WOLFMAN, 2010, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation; and is scheduled to write DEADLANDS: GHOSTWALKERS, an original novel inspired by the million-copy-selling role-playing game.

He is also editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW, and its forthcoming sequel, V-WARS: BLOOD AND FIRE; and he'll be writing a new V-WARS ongoing comic book.

He is also the co-editor for the REDNECK ZOMBIES FROM OUTER SPACE (2013) and editor of the forthcoming dark fantasy anthology, OUT OF TUNE (JournalStone, 2014).

Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary, ZOMBIES: A Living History. He will also be featured in That $#(!'ll Rot Your Brain: How the Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture, a forthcoming documentary on horror movies directed by Robert Tinnell. And he was participated in the commentary tracks for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: REANIMATED.

His many nonfiction works include VAMPIRE UNIVERSE (Citadel Press, 2006); THE CRYPTOPEDIA (Citadel, 2007 -winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction; co-authored by David F. Kramer); ZOMBIE CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead (Winner of the Hinzman and Black Quill Awards and finalist for a Stoker Award; 2008); THEY BITE! (2009 co-authored by David F. Kramer); WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (2010; Bram Stoker finalist; co-authored by Janice Gable Bashman); THE VAMPIRE SLAYERS FIELD GUIDE TO THE UNDEAD (2001, written under the pen name of Shane MacDougall); ULTIMATE JUJUTSU (Strider Nolan, 2001); ULTIMATE SPARRING (Strider Nolan, 2000); JUDO AND YOU (Kendall Hunt 1991); and many others.

He writes a variety of projects for Marvel Comics involving CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK PANTHER, DOOMWAR, WOLVERINE, DEADPOOL, THE X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, the NY Times bestselling MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER. MARVEL UNIVERSE vs WOLVERINE and MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE AVENGERS. In 2014 he'll launch two new comic book titles: BAD BLOOD (Dark Horse) and V-WARS (IDW), and will be writing a ROT & RUIN ongoing comic for IDW as well. All of Jonathan's comic book collections are released as Graphic Novel collections within a month or two of individual comic publication.

Jonathan has published several dozen short stories in a variety of genres: mystery, horror, thriller, science fiction, military fiction, fantasy, western, urban fantasy, humor and others. His collections include JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING FILES, 2011 from Blackstone Audio; HUNGRY TALES (2012) and TALES FROM THE FIRE ZONE (2012) and the forthcoming JOE LEDGER: SPECIAL OPS (2014, JournalStone). His work also appears in the audio anthology LIAR LIAR from The Liars Club (released by Blackstone Audio in 2013).

Jonathan is the co-creator (with Laura Schrock) of ON THE SLAB, an entertainment news show in development by Stage 9 for ABC Disney / Stage 9. He was also a 'blog correspondent' on Sony's zombie-themed web show 'WOKE UP DEAD'; and was a recurring character on Laura Schrock's 'IT'S TODD'S SHOW'.

Jonathan's Big Scary Blog ( focuses on the publishing industry. Jonathan's interviews include Sandra Brown, Gayle Lynds, Alafair Burke, Charlaine Harris, James Rollins, Harlan Coben, Jeff Abbott, John Saul, Jonathan Kellerman, Barry Eisler, CJ Box, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jack Ketchum, Tom Piccarilli, Dale Brown, Kevin J. Anderson, Joe Lansdale, Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Carrie Ryan, and many other best-selling authors. Jonathan also writes the SCARY OUT THERE blog, through which he and his guests explore teen horror fiction in its many aspects. Current and upcoming guests include R.L. Stine, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Nancy Holder, Kim Harrison, Ellen Hopkins and many others. That blog can be found on the website of the Horror Writers Association: In 2014 he'll launch THRILL RIDE, a new blog discussing mysteries and thrillers for teens.

He is a frequent keynote speaker, guest of honor and workshop leader at genre cons, libraries, writers conferences and publishing industry events, including the American Library Association, KeyCon, American Library Association, ThrillerFest, Zombie Fest, Heather Graham's The Writers for New Orleans, Central Coast Writers Conference, NeCon, NY Comic Con, Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Sisters in Crime, BackSpace, PennWriters, Dragon*Con, PhilCon, Horror-Realm, Boucher Con, HorrorFind, Monster Mania, Philadelphia Writers Conference, Balticon, Romance Writers of America, American Library Association, ZenKaiKon,The Write Stuff, Hypericon, AnthoCon, KillerCon, NAIBA, LunaCon, and many others.

Jonathan has sold more than 1,200 feature articles and 3,000 columns; as well as greeting cards, song lyrics, poetry, technical manuals, call-floor scripts, and two plays, including Tales from the Fire Zone. He is developing a psychological thriller novel based on that play.

Jonathan is a Contributing Editor for The Big Thrill (the newsletter of the International Thriller Writers), and is a member of SFWA, IAMTW, MWA, SCBWI, SFWA and HWA, as well as a jurist for the Edgar, Stoker, and Scribe Awards.

Jonathan was the Executive Director of the Writers Room of Bucks County (2005-06) and co-owner of the Writers Corner USA (2006-2009). Jonathan regularly visits local middle schools, high schools and colleges to talk about books, reading, publishing and the writing life. He is a board member of the River Union Stage, a professional equity theater based in Stockton, New Jersey. In 2006 he helped found the Wild River Review, an notable online literary journal.

Jonathan is a founding member of The Liars Club, a group of networking publishing professionals that includes celebrated authors Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Ed Pettit, Dennis Tafoya, Keith Strunk, Don Lafferty, Kelly Simmons, Marie Lamba, Solomon Jones, Stephen Susco, Chuck Wendig, Janice Gable Bashman, Cordelia Biddle, Eric Red, Amber Benson, Kathryn Craft, Jeff Marriott, Nancy Holder and Michael Boatman. The Liars Club works to support booksellers, raise awareness and support for public libraries, and cultivate a joy of reading and books. The late NY Times bestseller L. A. Banks was a founding member of the Liars Club.

Jonathan created the Writers Coffeehouse, a free three-hour open-agenda networking and discussion session for writers of all genres and levels of skill in multiple locations each month.

Jonathan has been a popular writing teacher and career counselor for writers for the last two decades. He teaches a highly regard series of classes and workshops including Write Your Novel in Nine Months, Act Like a Writer, Revise & Sell, Experimental Writing for Teens, and others. Many of his students have gone on to obtain representation and/or publish in short and novel-length fiction, magazine feature writing, nonfiction books, TV, film, and comics.

In 2004 Jonathan was inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame largely because of his extensive writings in that field.

Jonathan and his wife, Sara Jo, to whom he dedicates all of his published works, and their dog, Rosie, live in Del Mar, California.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ManateeMax on 5 Jun. 2006
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I read this book so fast that I was breathless. It barrels along at breakneck speed, with lots of action, humor, tension, and a bucketful of real shocks and frights. The plot deals with a serial killer loose in Pine Deep, a small town in Pennsylvania; but the plot thickens with ancient evil, ghosts, madness and domestic violence. This is Maberry's first book, and I think he's already a real master. Watch out Stephen King!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Tooley on 8 April 2011
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I can't mention GHOST ROAD BLUES without mentioning DEAD MAN'S SONG and BAD MOON RISING, because this is a trilogy. About 600 pages in each of the books but unbelievably fast reads. Pine Deep is known for being the most haunted town in the country because of their month long Halloween celebration which brings in tourists from all over. Malcolm Crow is an ex-cop who now owns a comic book/trivia/costume and everything Halloween store. His girlfriend, Val Guthrie, and a number of their friends had survived a massacre thirty years ago where a number of their friends and relatives were mutilated. Val, her father, Crow, and their friends had befriended a black farm worker who had been accused of the killings. The "Bone Man," as he was called, knew Ubel Griswold was the real killer, a monster who still haunts the dreams of Crow and his friends. The "Bone Man" killed Griswold and buried him in a swamp. But the monster had recruited followers and they killed the Bone Man. The body in the swamp has been waiting, silently speaking to those with an evil heart, silently planning his revenge, waiting until he got stronger. Now the ghost of the Bone Man knows something terrible is about to happen in Pine Deep and he watches and waits, trying to communicate with the friends who believed in his innocence. Ruger enters the town, a murderer on the run. He takes Val and her family hostage but Crow gets the best of him. Unfortunately, Ruger won't stay dead. His partner, Boyd, not only won't die but with each death seems to grow stronger. Griswold's army is growing but he needs an "Igor" of sorts, a human to do his bidding. Enter Vic Wingate, an abuser husband/step-father who has been helping plan Griswold's revenge for thirty years. He was the one who helped kill the Bone Man.Read more ›
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It is always a pleasant surprise to discover a horror story that really gives good meaning to what horror writing is all about. Ghost Road Blues at it's heart is the struggle of good and evil in the quaint little setting of Pine Deep, a quiet little Pennsylvania town now enjoying the good times but hiding a secret long past but not long dead. Into this idyllic setting roars the psychopathic Karl Ruger and his accomplish Boyd set on destruction and heading for a showdown with reformed alcoholic and all time good guy Malcolm Crow....if you add to this a list of characters tow-truck Eddie, iron Mike Sweeney and the despicable Vic Wignate then you have all the ingredients for a cracking read. The style of writing and the tautness of prose really makes Ghost Road Blues rattle along..."There was a scent of blood on the dark winds, and the promise of much, much more; a perfume of destruction and pain carried to every part of the town, even to the darkest and most remote of places. The secret seemed to sink into the rich earth of the town, seeking out those who craved that aroma."......and the lovely theme running through this thrilling read..." don't never die" the bluesman said and looked left and right before adding "Evil don't die, it just waits" I loved the "blues" theme that permeated the writing and the mysterious Bone Man who saved the life of Crow some 30 years ago....."Hells a-coming and we all gotta learn to play the blues" what are you waiting for grab your guitar and join the show...fantastic :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Walker on 14 April 2012
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Malberry clearly knows how to keep the reader running with the story. your kept on the edge of your seat to such a degree, that you don't even realise it. It's about a peaceful little town called Pine Deep, which is soon going to be haunted by demons buried and burned. Plus, you eat up the pages with ease, you don't choke on any complications. Overall, a real tasty delicasy for any horror, thriller lovers. If you like King, Koontz, Neville and Shelley, you will adore this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big Kris on 12 Nov. 2011
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Having read a couple of Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger booksPatient Zero I thought I would give this a go and I wasn't disappointed. A brilliant book, kept me reading non-stop and then I couldn't wait to read the next. Not only was the story utterly engrossing it also put me on to some great blues tunes! Thoroughly enjoyable!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. J. Woolston on 23 Sept. 2009
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I managed to carry off the worst trick with this author I brought the 3rd of the trilogy before the first two so had to wait for Amazon to kindly bring me the first instalments.

As a stand alone novel this just does not work the very last page should have a "to be continued...." or "We'll be back after these adverts" so be warned don't by it as a stand alone novel, you need "Dead Mans Song" as well.

It's also worth knowing that this story refers back to an event 30 years in the past. I almost felt like I'd missed the first of 4 books in the series.

As for the story thats here it's pretty good. The author manages to make you care about most if not all of his characters. It's suitably gruesome and creepy without taking it into the realms of Stephen Kings darker works and theres a smattering of humour. I've never yet read a novel that I can say I'd need the light on for this or I couldn't put it down but this does have a sense of foreboding throughout. I'm now going to read Dead Mans Song to find out what happens!
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