We're celebrating episode 50 with New York Times bestselling author and fantastic human being, Jonathan Maberry!
Jonathan Maberry doesn't have time to talk to us. He's writing another novel. He's editing Weird Tales Magazine. He's brokering a deal with an agent, copyediting a manuscript with his assistant, coordinating a speaking engagement with his publicist, or prepping a session of his Writers Coffeehouse for aspiring authors. He's probably in the process of winning another Bram Stoker award--he only has five, after all. He's scripting a comic for Marvel or IDW. He's pre-screening a pilot based on one of his series.
Jonathan Maberry doesn't have time to talk to us. But he does anyway. In fact, he's got a bookstore appearance coming up in a couple of hours, but he stays on the call past the hour mark to regale us with a tale of how he met Ray Bradbury. He's met all your heroes--Stan Lee, Lin Carter, Stephen King, Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison, Lance Henrickson, and on and on--and they're his heroes, too. But he also tells us about his beloved grandmother, a very special hero in his own story.
He tells us why he's generous with his ideas. He's kind to people he's never heard of, like us. He has good advice. He has infinite delight in his craft. Jonathan Maberry is a legend in our world. If you love Black Panther or Wolverine or Captain America, you know his work. You may be a fan of his Joe Ledger thriller series, or have a son or daughter reading his Nightsiders books. Maybe you caught V-Wars on Netflix because you loved the comic. Or the Pine Deep novels bring you back to your own hometown's sinister past.
You know Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin books if you love zombies. He's penned novels based on the immensely popular Deadlands RPG. He's edited X-Files and Aliens anthologies. He even wrote a jujitsu instruction manual or two, before he started producing fiction in his mid-40s. And he just squeezed his first epic fantasy novel into a thoroughly overloaded schedule--Kagen the Damned, which came out with St. Martin's Griffin this May. The sequel, the Son of the Poisoned Rose, is already on tap for January of next year.
We could keep going, probably all day, but there's an interview to get to. Because in spite of all Jonathan Maberry has on his plate, he made the time, and we couldn't be more grateful for it.
Kagen the Damned by Jonathan Maberry published by St. Martin's Griffin
Son of the Poisoned Rose by Jonathan Maberry to be published by St. Martin's Griffin
I Say Your Name in the Dark Nights: A Story of Kagen the Damned by Jonathan Maberry to be published as an e-Book by St. Martin's Griffin in November 2022.
The Wrath of the iOtians
Land Of The Me-me by Aleksandar Dimitrijevic (TONO)
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