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.
Jonathan is the creator, editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW Publishing that was adapted into a NETFLIX series starring Ian Somerhalder (LOST, VAMPIRE DIARIES).
His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; 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); DUST & DECAY (winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award; FLESH & BONE (winner of the Bram Stoker Award; 2012; and FIRE & ASH (August 2013). BROKEN LANDS, the first of a new spin-off series, debuted in 2018 and was followed by LOST ROADS in fall 2020. ROT & RUIN is in development for film by ALCON ENTERTAINMENT and was adapted as a WEBTOON (a serialized comic formatted for cell phones), becoming their #1 horror comic.
His novels include the enormously popular Joe Ledger series from St. Martin’s Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel) and eleven other volumes, most recently RELENTLESS. His middle grade novel, THE NIGHTSIDERS BOOK 1: THE ORPHAN ARMY (Simon & Schuster) was named one the 100 Best Books for Children 2015. His standalone novels include MARS ONE, GLIMPSE, INK, GHOSTWALKERS (based on the DEADLANDS role-playing game), X-FILES ORIGINS: DEVIL’S ADVOCATE, and THE WOLFMAN --winner of the Scribe Award for Best Movie Adaptation
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, and its sequels, FALL OF NIGHT, DARK OF NIGHT, and STILL OF NIGHT.
His epic fantasy series, KAGEN THE DAMNED debuts in May 2022. And he just signed to co-author (with Weston Ochse) a new series of military science fiction novels that launches the SLEEPERS series. Jonathan will also be launching a new series of science fiction horror novels for the newly established Weird Tales Presents imprint of Blackstone Publishing.
He is also the editor of three THE X-FILES anthologies; the dark fantasy anthology series, OUT OF TUNE; SCARY OUT THERE, an anthology of horror for teens; and the anthologies ALIENS: BUG HUNT, NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD (with George Romero), JOE LEDGER UNSTOPPABLE (with Bryan Thomas Schmidt); two volumes of mysteries: ALTERNATE SHERLOCKS and THE GAME’S AFOOT (with Michael Ventrella); and ALIENS V PREDATOR: ULTIMATE PREY (with Bryan Thomas Schmidt). He is also the editor of DON’T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS, the official tribute to SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. His next anthology will be ALIENS VS PREDATOR: ULTIMATE PREY (with Bryan Thomas Schmidt), debuting in spring 2022.
Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary series, ZOMBIES: A Living History and TRUE MONSTERS. And he was participated in the commentary track for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: REANIMATED.
His many nonfiction works include VAMPIRE UNIVERSE (Citadel Press, 2006); THE CRYPTOPED
Dog Days is a Joe Ledger short story taking place not long after The Dragon Factory. Joe, recovering from his injuries, has one loose end to tie up. The story introduces us to Ghost, the newest member of Echo Team. Ghost is such a good boy! This is a great, revenge fueled short story that left me grinning.
One thing to note. It appears this story is only available in audio format and is currently available in the Audible Plus catalog for members to listen for free.
Loved that there wasn’t a whole drowned out book on this. JM recognized that Joe Ledger is way too good to be stuck with an entire book of searching for Veder. Love the introduction of Ghost. Looks like he and Joe will get along nice. Though I am worried how Joe would do if Ghost wasn’t around to save the day. As for the story. I like how it started out and we get to hear from Rudy and a little bit of Mr. Church. I don’t know if it was because I was listening to the audiobook but I was able to predict the ending. I think Veder could have gotten away if he would have been a little stealthier about killing Joe, rather than making his intentions known. If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now. Ray Porter is a BEAST. He makes Joe seriously sound hardcore. And he does a great job with the other voices as well. My favorite voice of his is Mr. Church.
This one is a real treat! I read it after already getting introduced to Ghost in The King of Plagues, the third book in the Joe Ledger series. And I really liked it, from beginning to end.
Ever wondered how and why Joe and Ghost came to be partners? Then this is the right book for you.
You'll see their first hunt together. And if you read The Dragon Factory you will know who the target is. There are plenty of hilarious scenes that will make you crack, as usual, but the overall tone is very serious.
Driven by revenge, and half-mad, already psychotic Joe takes Ghost and sets to make things right. Well, nothing can really make things right, but righter will have to do.
If you liked the series so far, you will like this book, too. It's that simple.
This series is one where you should read/listen to the main book that follows BEFORE listening to these middle ones. They reveal some information that I think could spoiler the following one.
I'm a huge fan of this series, but he book that follows this with Grace dead and vengeance being the only thing Joe cares about got to be repetitive. It make sense it's what drives this book too, but was still annoying to me.
Loved that we got to see how Ghost entered the series!
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This is my first Joe Ledger book as well as Jonathan Maberry - - - and it made me want MORE!! Short story - but it was totally engaging! And - true revenge but just the right amount. I will be reading more of this series!
A solid and short read that follows up on the action of “The Dragon Factory”. My hope is that I don’t go on to the next full book in the series and find this book was adapted from it. They’ve done that before.