Jonathan Maberry

I love to tell stories, and over the course of my career I've discovered that the stories I tell don’t always fit neatly on the same shelf in the book store. I’ve written classic horror, thrillers, post-apocalyptic young adult novels and even a little humor. But I guess you can find a little humor in most of my work.

Listed in the order I began writing each series, click on a category to the right or one of the titles below to learn more. You'll also find some "stories in between", short stories that fill in the blanks or showcase some of my characters in smaller bites. - JM

Kagen the Damned

Kagen the Damned  


Kagen the Damned marks the first installment of an exciting new series of dark epic fantasy novels from bestselling author Jonathan Maberry….

Sworn by Oath

Kagen Vale is the trusted and feared captain of the place guard, charged with protection the royal children of the Silver Empire. But one night, Kagen is drugged and the entire imperial family is killed, leaving the empire in ruins...

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Release Date: May 10th, 2022

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Bewilderness Series 

The Gateway Project is going to save the world.

Maybe. 

Dr. Abby Corman has a bold idea: open a stable doorway between our world and an uninhabited parallel Earth. A new world we can use to mine resources to end poverty, grow enough food to end all hunger, and allow for population growth to end overcrowding. What could be a more noble aspiration for a brilliant young scientist? 

But the path to hell is paved with good intentions....

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Ink  

From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry comes a standalone supernatural thriller Ink, about a memory thief who feeds on the most precious of dreams.

Tattoo-artist Patty Cakes has her dead daughter’s face tattooed on the back of her hand. Day by day it begins to fade, taking with it all of Patty’s memories of her daughter. All she’s left with is the certain knowledge she has forgotten her lost child. The awareness of that loss is tearing her apart.

Monk Addison is a private investigator whose skin is covered with the tattooed faces of murder victims. He is a predator who hunts for killers, and the ghosts of all of those dead people haunt his life. Some of those faces have begun to fade, too, destroying the very souls of the dead.

All through the town of Pine Deep people are having their most precious memories stolen. The monster seems to target the lonely, the disenfranchised, the people who need memories to anchor them to this world...


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Glimpse 

Rain Thomas is a mess. Seven years an addict and three difficult years clean. Racked by guilt for the baby she gave up for adoption when she was sixteen. Still grieving for the boy’s father who died in Iraq. Alone, discarded by her family, with only the damaged members of her narcotics anonymous meetings as friends. Them, and the voices in her head. One morning, on the way to a much-needed job interview, she borrows reading glasses to review her resume. There is a small crack in one lens and through that damaged slice of glass she sees a young boy go running down the aisle of the subway train. Is he screaming with laughter or just screaming? When she tries to find the boy he’s gone and no one has seen him. 

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On openingday of the new baseball seasona small model-kit airplane flies down from the stands and buzzes the mound, where a decorated veteran pilot is about to throw out the first ball. The toy plane is the exact replica of the one flown by the war hero. Everyone laughs, thinking it’s a prank or a publicity stunt. Until it explodes, killing dozens.
 
Seconds later a swarm of killer drones descendupon the picnicked crowd, each one carrying a powerful bomb. All across the country artificial intelligence drive systems in cars, commuter trainsand even fighter planes go out of control. The death toll soars as the machines we depend upon every day are turned into engines of destruction.
Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences go on the hunt for whoever is controlling these machines, but the every step of the way they are met with traps and shocks that strike to the very heart of the DMS. No one is safe. Nowhere is safe. Enemies old and new rise as America burns.
Joe Ledger and his team are back in Jonathan Maberry's seventh book in the series. They begina desperate search for the secret to this new technology and the madmen behind it. But before they can close in the enemy virus infects Air Force One. The president is trappedaboard as the jet heads toward the heart of New York City. It has become PREDATOR ON

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Deadlands: Ghostwalkers

The first in a thrilling series of novels based on Deadlands, a hugely successful role-playing game set in the Weird, Weird West.

Welcome to the Deadlands, where steely-eyed gunfighters rub shoulders with mad scientists and dark, unnatural forces. Where the Great Quake of 1868 has shattered California into a labyrinth of sea-flooded caverns . . . and a mysterious substance called "ghost rock" fuels exotic steampunk inventions as well as plenty of bloodshed and flying bullets.

In Ghostwalkers, a gun-for-hire, literally haunted by his bloody past, comes to the struggling town of Paradise Falls, where he becomes embroiled in a deadly conflict between the besieged community and a diabolically brilliant alchemist who is building terrible new weapons of mass destruction . . . and an army of the living dead!

Deadlands is one of the most popular RPGs in history, with over a million Deadlands gaming books sold.

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The Nightsiders: The Orphan Army 

For young and Middle-Grade readers.

Milo’s Louisiana bayou is overrun with alien bug invaders and magical creatures in this start to a new middle grade series.

In a world filled with Bugs—monsters that ceaselessly ravage the Earth—Milo Silk has a hard time keeping his dreams separate from reality. So he keeps them locked up in his dream journal and hopes they’ll never come to pass. But too often, they do—like when his father disappeared three years ago...

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On opening day of the new baseball season a small model-kit airplane flies down from the stands and buzzes the mound, where a decorated veteran pilot is about to throw out the first ball. The toy plane is the exact replica of the one flown by the war hero. Everyone laughs, thinking it’s a prank or a publicity stunt. Until it explodes, killing dozens.
 
Seconds later a swarm of killer drones descend upon the picnicked crowd, each one carrying a powerful bomb. All across the country artificial intelligence drive systems in cars, commuter trains and even fighter planes go out of control. The death toll soars as the machines we depend upon every day are turned into engines of destruction.
Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences go on the hunt for whoever is controlling these machines, but the every step of the way they are met with traps and shocks that strike to the very heart of the DMS. No one is safe. Nowhere is safe. Enemies old and new rise as America burns.
Joe Ledger and his team are back in Jonathan Maberry's seventh book in the series. They  begin a desperate search for the secret to this new technology and the madmen behind it. But before they can close in the enemy virus infects Air Force One. The president is trapped aboard as the jet heads toward the heart of New York City. It has become PREDATOR ON

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 The Nightsiders: Vault of Shadows

 Milo must choose between risking his life to save both the human and magical universes—or to live and save only his own—in the explosive and fast-paced follow-up to the first novel in the Nightsiders series, which Kirkus Reviews called “the perfect mix of science fiction and magic” in a starred review.

After joining forces with the magical Nightsiders and surviving a trip to the enemy Bugs’ Hive ship, Milo Silk still has a lot to fear...

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Mars One 

Go on the adventure of a lifetime with a teen and his family after they are selected to colonize Mars in this thrilling new novel from multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author Jonathan Maberry.

Tristan has known that he and his family were going to be on the first mission to colonize Mars since he was twelve years old, and he has been training ever since. However, knowing that he would be leaving for Mars with no plan to return didn’t stop him from falling in love with Izzy...

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The X-Files Origins: Devil's Advocate

How did Fox Mulder become a believer? How did Dana Scully become a skeptic? The X-Files Origins has the answers in this young adult origin story.

The X-Files Origins: Devil's Advocate will explore the teen years of Dana Scully, the beloved character depicted in the cult-favorite TV show The X-Files....

 

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Patient Zero, a Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry

The Joe Ledger Series

“When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week, then there’s either something wrong with your skills or something wrong with your world, and there’s nothing wrong with my skills.” - from Patient Zero

Baltimore detective, Joe Ledger is assigned to a counterterrorism task force, recruited by an ultra-secret rapid response group called the Department of Military Science (DMS) to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bioweapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies.

Multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry delivers a first-round knock-out punch with Patient Zero, the first in a thrilling new series featuring Joe Ledger and the DMS. Part Max Brooks, part James Rollins, Patient Zero is 100% excitement.

Patient Zero - Book 1

Dragon Factory - Book 2

King of Plagues - Book 3

Assassin's Code - Book 4

Extinction Machine - Book 5

Code Zero - Book 6

Predator One - Book 7

Kill Switch - Book 8

Dogs of War - Book 9

Deep Silence - Book 10

Rage: A Rogue Team International Novel 

Relentless: A Rogue Team International Novel (#2)

Joe Ledger: The Official Companion

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Joe Ledger: Special Ops 

Captain Joe Ledger. Former cop. Former Army Ranger. Currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world's most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction. Designer bioweapons. Cutting edge transgenics. Real mad scientist stuff. If they have to call Joe Ledger - it's already hit the fan. JOE LEDGER: SPECIAL OPS collects several of the Ledger short stories and presents two brand new tales exclusive to this volume. Bonus features include character profiles and a never-before-published glimpse behind the scenes of the Department of Military Sciences. Join the Hunt!
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Joe Ledger: Unstoppable

 Original stories in Jonathan Maberry's New York Times bestselling Joe Ledger universe by Larry Correia, Mira Grant, Scott Sigler, David Farland, Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon, Steve Alten, Jon McGoran, Dana Fredsti, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, GP Charles, Keith DeCandido, James A. Moore, Aaron Rosenberg, Nicholas Steven, James Ray Tuck, Jeremy Robinson, and Maberry himself.

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Joe Ledger: Secret Missions, Books One & Two  

Joe Ledger is back!

JOE LEDGER: SECRET MISSIONS collects some of Ledger’s most dynamic and bizarre short story adventures – classic reprints as well as exciting new material! From the icy wastes of the Antarctic to the Gate of Hell in Turkmenistan, Ledger and his team are the last, best hope that stands between the unsuspecting public and unimaginable dangers!

Stories include crossovers with Maberry’s many fictional and bestselling worlds including V-WARS (Netflix), the Pine Deep Trilogy, the Sam Hunter Case Files, Dead of Night, and Rot & Ruin. Even if you’ve never read a Joe Ledger tale, this is a great jumping-on point; and if you’re a longtime fan, you’ll encounter old friends and enemies – Mr. Church, Echo Team, Havoc Team, Malcolm Crow and Mike Sweeney, Violin, Toys, and more!

And there are special treats! An insightful introduction by bestseller Peter Clines (The Fold, 14); a collaboration with author Marie Whittaker; and a brief glimpse into Mr. Church as he takes a rare day off, penned by the “voice of Joe Ledger,” audiobook reader Ray Porter.

So buckle up, lock and load, and go rolling into action with Joe Ledger! Hooah!

Release date: November 19th, 2021 

Books One & Two available in hardback and paperback. Omnibus available on Kindle. 

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Rot & Ruin, a novel by Jonathan MaberryThe Rot & Ruin Series

"Benny Imura couldn't hold a job, so he took to killing." from Rot & Ruin

In the zombie-infested world Benny has grown up in, every teenager must work once they turn fifteen, or they’ll lose their food rations. Benny isn’t interested in taking on the family business, but he reluctantly agrees to train as a zombie killer with his boring big brother, Tom. He expects a dull job, whacking zombies for cash. What he discovers is a vocation that will teach him what it really means to be human.

As Benny’s worldview is challenged again and again by the lessons he learns from Tom, he is forced to confront another horrifying reality: sometimes, the most terrible monsters are the human ones.

The Rot & Ruin series of young adult novels offers a terrifying future vision of the zombie apocalypse, brought to life through the rich emotional struggles of a teenager trying to find his place in a tumultuous new world.

Rot & Ruin - Book 1

Dust & Decay - Book 2

Flesh & Bone - Book 3

Fire & Ash - Book 4

Bits & Pieces - Book 5 -  an all-new short story collection

Broken Lands - Book 6

Lost Roads - Book 7

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The Dead of Night Series 

Dead of Night, a novel by Jonathan Maberry

Dead of Night - Book 1 in the Series

This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a bite.

A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave.  But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects.  Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up.  Hungry.  Infected.  Contagious...

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Fall of Night - Book 2 in the Dead of Night Series

Stebbins Little School is full of bodies. It's unthinkable to Desdemona Fox. Children are sobbing as panicked teachers and neighbors beat down their family members outside of the school...or the things that used to be their family members. Parents don't eat their children do they? Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout are calling it the beginning of the end. This is the zombie apocalypse...

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Dark of Night -  A Joe Ledger Novella

 The dead rose. We fell.

 The survivors are trapped in a world of monsters who prey on the helpless. Some of them are zombies…but they are not the only predators who feed on pain and suffering.

 DARK OF NIGHT is a story of worlds in collision. Three heroes who have survived the apocalypse are in a deadly race to save a busload of children from ravenous zombies and ruthless human scavengers.

This brand new novella brings together three of New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry’s award-winning novel series...

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Dead of Night - A Zombie Novel by Jonathan MaberryStill of Night - Book 4

The dead rose. We fell.

But not everyone thinks the war for survival is over. Heroes rise in times of crisis, and Still of Night tells their stories...

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The Pine Deep Trilogy

Thirty years ago, in the days leading up to Halloween, a killer cut a red swath through the sleepy little town of Pine Deep, Pennsylvania. The killer was never caught.

Only one man knows that the killer was not a man at all. Malcolm Crow looked into the eyes of the murderer and saw the monster beneath the skin.

Now, thirty years to the day, the killings have begun again, bringing with them a savage and unnatural blight. An ancient evil has awakened beneath the wormy soil at the edge of town. Soon it will cause an army of the dead to rise and attack the world of the living.

Fear the darkness. Lock your doors and pray.

Halloween is coming and the monsters are already here…

Ghost Road Blues - Book 1  Click here to see more.

Dead Man's Song - Book 2  Click here to see more.

Bad Moon Rising - Book 3  Click here to see more.

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Property Condemned - A short story featured in Nightmare Magazine. Click here to see more.

The Wolfman by Jonathan MaberryThe Wolfman

The Wolfman is one of the great classics of modern horror. Now, based on the 2010 remake, is this terrifying new novelization novel written by Jonathan Maberry, based on the screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self Based on a motion picture screenplay by Curt Siodmak.

Lawrence Talbot's childhood ended the night his mother died.  After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget.

  But when his brother's fiancée tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search.  He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector has come to investigate.
As Talbot pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when the moon is full.  Now, if he has any chance at ending the slaughter and protecting the woman he has grown to love, Talbot must destroy the vicious creature that stalks the woods surrounding Blackmoor.  But as he hunts for the nightmarish beast, a simple man with a tortured past will uncover a primal side to himself . . . one he never imagined existed.

 

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