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Seanan McGuire interview

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Seanan McGuire at Jordan Con, here in Atlanta. First off, she’s a very talented author. While she enjoys writing  urban fantasy novels, short stories and poems, there is a darker side to this woman’s personality. Yes, she lives and breathes horror.(SWEET!) For those of you not familiar with her New Flesh trilogy, may I suggest you start with Feed. This was my first introduction to her zombie novels, and now I’m hooked. And, I’d also like to note, during the interview she pleasantly “creeped me out” with the way her mind works! Needless to say, I’m looking forward to her next novel Parasite which is due out later this year.

Here’s a link to one of her Bio’s.


DB&B:  It’s really nice to meet you Seanan. So, to get things started, let me ask you a question about when you first started to write. How old were you?

SM:     I was 5 years old when I learned people were allowed to write books. Before that, I thought the grew on trees or something. Then I learned Ray Bradbury had written the Halloween Tree which I had seen the animated version of. From there, I decided I wanted to write books. My first stories were only 3 or4 pages long, and shortly after that, my parents got me a type writer. Giving a 6 year old a typewriter is like giving a squirrel a machine gun. So my parents started hearing “Bang, bang, bang, bang…ding!   All night.

DB&B:  What did you like to write about?

SM :  Generally my stories revolved around My Little Pony. However my  little ponies,  did a lot of stuff!  In the 1980’s my little Ponies were  fu**ing metal! The first thing my ponies did after escaping the castle, was to defeat the DEVIL!  While everybody else’s My Little Ponies were fighting for friendship, my little ponies were beating the devil’s ass!  Also, I was into alien planets. I also had a lot of candy involved in my stories further proving I was a six year old.

DB&B:  Now, previous to this interview you told me your parents supported your writing and they let you watch all sorts of horror TV shows and movies. Was there anything you couldn’t watch?

SM:     There wasn’t anything I wasn’t allowed to watch really, but  it was what I wasn’t allowed to read.  Mom said, no Heinlein because he was too dirty,and you can’t read King, because he’s too scary.  The funny thing was that when I was 9, I  wrote a fourteen page essay with bibliography and footnotes to my mother on why she had to let me read Stephen King. Then after she saw what I had read, she figured the damage had been done. So the next day, she decided I could read Stephen King.

DB&B:   Tell us about the TV shows and horror movies that inspired you.

SM:   Dr. Who and He- Man Masters of the Universe are really what taught me to read. Then in the eighties we got a cool horror block of television shows starting with Werewolf, Dracula, then you moved into Frankenstein, Nightmares, Friday The Thirteenth the series, and Tales From The Dark Side. That followed with re-runs of bad horror movies and of course Elvira. She was one of my idols.  I just wanted to go to her house and like watch all her episodes. That was awesome!

DB&B:  What horror movie did you see when you were young that rattled your cage, so to speak?

SM:  The Blob!  I actually have a pudding phobia because when I had strep throat at the age of seven, I ate a lot of it and coincidentally, I watched a Blob marathon on  Coffee TV 20 when I was sick with strep. That was a bad combination. The Blob movies  led up to “The Stuff” and after that at 8 pm, was the  1984 TV remake of the Blob. So eating pudding cups and taking penicillin was pretty much all I was doing. And more and more as I watched the movies, I became convinced that my mom was trying to feed me the blob. Then when I ate enough of it, I’d turn into the blob.  To this day, If I put pudding in my mouth, I will throw up. So, No, pudding… bad.   (Insert laughter here, between the two of us)

DB&B:  Alright, lets step away from that cheery thought, and talk about one of my favorite topics …zombies. You wrote the highly successful New Flesh Trilogy, which started with Feed. What started you down the zombie path?

SM:  Again, Dr. Who. From a cinematic perspective, zombies are the cheapest monster. They cost nothing to produce. A little make-up and bam! You’re a zombie. Dr. Who was on a shoe string budget, so zombies were a big thing for them. Then Thriller came out and my uncle let me watch George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead so I could understand them better. Finally when I was about nine, my mom went to a yard sale and brought back a huge box of Warren comics. They did Vampirella, and they were into zombies. Continue reading “Seanan McGuire interview” »

Michael McCarty

One of our goals at  Dead, Buried, and Back!  is to highlight various authors of the horror genre and promote their outstanding work and achievements. Today, I bring you  a 3 time Bram Stoker finalist and highly talented novelist, Michael McCarty. His short stories and interviews have appeared in multiple publications including Fangoria, Cemetery Dance, Starlog, and Filmfax to name a few.

My first introduction to him came via Face Book  and through a mutual friend of ours 2012 Bram Stoker award winner Joe McKinney. Below is a brief Bio on some of Michael’s accomplishments.

Michael McCarty has been a professional writer since 1983 and the author of over twenty-five books of fiction and nonfiction, as well as hundreds of articles, short stories and poems. He received the 2008 David R. Collins’ Literary Achievement Award from the Midwest Writing Center and is a three time Bram Stoker Finalist. His recently published works include Liquid Diet & Midnight Snack: 2 Vampire Satires, A Hell Of A Job, Monster Behind The Wheel (co-written with Mark McLaughlin), Modern Mythmakers, Masters of Imagination, Esoteria-Land, Dark Duets and the Young Adult Book I Kissed A Ghoul.

Michael lives in Rock Island, Illinois with his wife Cindy and pet rabbit Latte, and is a former stand-up comedian, musician and managing editor of a music magazine.


Michael has written 3 highly acclaimed novels.  LIQUID DIET: A vampire satire , his young adult novel

I KISSED A GHOUL . Here’s a link to a review of I KISSED A GHOUL


Now, while your reading this, I’ll be reading Liquid Diet then chase that with Monster Behind The Wheel.

My recommendation is to pick up one of his fine novels, or e- book then follow him on Face Book .

If my guess is correct, Michael will have other titles to offer shortly so don’t fall behind folks!

Look for a review of his novels in the coming weeks  right here on Dead, Buried, and Back!

Interview with Nate Southard and his newest release Lights Out!



To begin, let me share my experience in meeting this AWESOME writer. I first met him at the 2011 WHC convention in Austin, Texas.  He had a huge responsibility as a co-chair organizing the event. Although it was my first WHC, I’m proud to say his efforts helped make it a huge success. I  also noticed that we went to the same barber…but I digress. I had heard the name Nate Southard  from Brian Keene and others, but had never read any of his work. I immediately corrected that oversight!  I discovered his talents with one of his novellas  titled A Trip to Rundberg which evolved into the novel Scavengers. If you haven’t read it you should. Today, I’ve tracked him down, pinned him against the wall and threatened him with the Ninja death touch if he didn’t share his accomplishments with us!

Here at we go for the jugular! (and if you believe that I’ve got a Ponzi scheme for you to invest in) No, actually he graciously took time out of his busy schedule to do this interview so enjoy!


JF:  Nate it’s great to finally catch up with you. How have you been?

NS: Great to be here. It’s an interesting time. I’m coming off a three-year streak that’s been amazing from a professional standpoint and horrible from a personal one. Right now, I’m trying to build myself back up. I want to attack 2012 with everything I have, so I need to get my mind right, for a change. Other than that, it’s a pretty typical Monday.

JF: Nate why’d you choose the horror genre?

NS: I’m not sure I’d say I ‘chose’ the horror genre. Don’t worry. I’m not going to say something lame like, “It chose me!” I just always loved a certain kind of story, and those happened to be the scary ones. Eventually, I wanted to write my own stories, so of course I started writing the sorts of things I loved reading. From there, it was just a matter of strengthening my chops and developing my style. The sad truth is that I’m never going to be as good as I want to be, but that’s a truth just about every writer worth their salt needs to face. You can always get better.

JF: What publishing company gave you your first break?

NS: Thunderstorm Books, without a doubt. I suppose I could go back a little and say Michael McBride. I’ve had a lot of help from some great writers and friends over the years, but Michael’s the guy who first read Just Like Hell and then gave it to Paul at Thunderstorm to read. Paul liked it, but suggested a few changes. I went through and saw what I felt worked and what didn’t, and he offered me a contract. I can’t thank Michael enough for recommending me, and I can’t thank Paul enough for taking a chance on an unknown and giving me my first book.

JF: So for those who aren’t familiar with your work what should they read first?

NS: I’d say it depends on your preferences. If you’re in the mood for something brutal, I’d recommend Just Like Hell. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever written certainly the most important in terms of theme and message but it’s not something you should read while eating. For something fun but less nasty, I’d go with This Little Light of Mine, a fun little monster story which Burning Effigy released as a chapbook and just entered its second print run. If you want something longer and don’t mind zombies, grab yourself a copy of Scavengers. It’s a thrill ride with that ‘carrion in the sun’ scent!

JF: Every author has his/her favorites. Which ones were the most fun to write?

NS: I think I enjoyed writing Lights Out the most. It’s always fun to take a good set of characters and put them through the ringer, and Lights Out has some of my favorite characters ever. I can’t wait for folks to meet people like Anton Ribisi, Maggot, Diggs, Tree, Sweeny, and Ramirez. They’re all some wonderfully terrible people.

JF: Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Everyone’s on the zombie train! For writers is this a one way ride Nate? Do you think the zombie trend will derail sometime in the future?

NS: I’m not sure it’s going to derail, but I do think it’s going to change. Hell, it is changing. For a long time, a lot of the zombie novels out there were just action romps, most of them with a bit of ‘Man is the real monster’ philosophy thrown in. Some of your big guns The Rising and World War Z, for instance did something better with it, but most of the zombie books I see are excuses for a high body count and little more. Scavengers is an action movie with a little ‘Hey, maybe mankind deserves a shot’ in the mix. It’s a fun book, but I won’t claim it will change lives or anything. That said, we’re now starting to see writers do new things with zombies, and it’s a great thing to see. Alden Bell wrote a literary zombie novel with The Reapers Are the Angels, and it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. Dan Waters’ zombie young adult novels are loads of fun. There are other things out there we can do with zombies. We just have to discover them.

JF: Ok, onto current events. Tell us about LIGHTS OUT. What motivated you to write it and how did you put a different twist on vampire theme?

NS: Lights Out is what happens when vampires attack a maximum security prison. I wanted to tell a story where vampires were monsters again, just these terrible, feral things. They eat, and they destroy. There’s nothing else on their social agenda. Now, they’re monsters fighting a building for of murderers and other criminals. I’m a big fan of OZ, which I think is one of the best television series in history (well, at least the first three seasons). I love the idea of all these horrible criminals finding their own levels of humanity, and I thought that idea was a fun backdrop for a monster story. Most of society would consider the characters in Lights Out monsters, but if you throw something even darker at the audience, all these fun shades of gray start appearing.

JF: Alright, here we go. You knew this one was coming Nate. I need your take on self publishing. For a novice writer is this bad ju- ju?

NS: Aw, hell. I really don’t know, anymore. For a long time, I was all for self-publishing, but that’s because I was trying to break into comics. Whenever I talked to an editor for Marvel or DC or Dark Horse, their answer was always, “Publish your own stuff so we know you’re serious.” For the longest time, that didn’t work for prose. In fact, the opposite was true. You avoided self-publishing in order to show how serious you were. Now? Everything’s changing, and nobody even knows which way is up. I’m not personally interested in self-publishing, because I don’t want to do all the work. And really, if you’re not going to it everything you’ve got, make sure you have a pro-looking cover and hire an editor to go over everything (and then there’s everything else that goes into book design, etcetera…), then I just don’t see the point. Sure, it’s worked for some people, but those cases are so few that all the folks running after them might as well have said, “Hey, that Leonardo Dicaprio did well for himself. I’ll act, too!” I just really wish all the people preaching one method or the other like it’s the means to literary salvation would shut up. There are shades of gray everywhere, folks.

JF: last question Nate. Conventions. Where will Nate Southard be in 2012 so we can meet you and buy SEVERAL copies of your books?

NS: I’m still trying to sort out my 2012 con schedule. I know I’ll be a guest of honor at Mo*Con, May 4-6 in Indianapolis. ( After that, I’m not sure. It’s possible I’ll decide to hit World Horror or Killer Con, but I just won’t know for a while, yet.

JF: Nate thanks for sitting down with me and doing the interview. I wish you all the best with Lights Out and look forward to seeing you in the future. Be well my friend!

NS: Thanks, man. It’s been a good time!

John S. Gorumba World in Red



I met John Gorumba at the WHC-2011 in Austin Tx. His first novel, World in Red was being promoted by Creeping Hemlock Press’s Print is Dead publishing co. His zombie novel had an interesting approach…there are no rules ! Forget the traditional methods for killing zombies!  Set in Louisiana, the premise of the story revolves around a father attempting to fly home to his wife and newborn son during the middle of a world wide crisis. However, I don’t want to spoil the story for you. I will say it was definitely a departure from the usual type of zombie novels where the antagonists are predictable. It moves at a good pace,  pulling the reader in to the conflict and the desperation of a father trying to unite with his family before it’s too late.  World in Red has a fresh, sharp, angle to it , and a cleaver twist to the plot toward the end. The characters  personalities develop well as they have to face evils greater than just the zombies.   If your a fan of the genre, make sure to put this on your reading list!

COMING SOON!    Video interview with John S. Gorumba

WHC 2011 Marcus Pelegrimas

If you like real Werewolf and Vampire stories not the Tween stuff…you need to read Macus Pelegrimas’ novels!

I met Mr. Pelegrimas at the convention and like many of the talented authors there, he was kind enough to spend a few minutes with me introducing me to his work. He really is an awesome guy! So let me dive into his bio a little.


Marcus Pelegrimas is the author of the SKINNERS series published by Eos Books. The first four books, Blood Blade, Howling Legion, Teeth of Beasts and Vampire Uprising are currently available in bookstores and online. The fifth entry, The Breaking, will hit stores on May 31, 2011. His previous work includes short stories that have appeared in anthologies ranging from the mystery and western genres. He has also written two western series (THE MAN FROM BOOT HILL published by HarperCollins and THE ACCOMPLICE published by Berkley) under the pseudonym Marcus Galloway. During his ten year career as a professional writer, he has done extensive ghostwriting work but prefers to write about ghosts instead. He lives and works in West Virginia.
Ok, hopefully that gives you a little insight into this man’s talent! Again, having met him for the first time, I was left with a great impression. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to “hang around with him” enough at the convention because I would have loved to sit with him and dive into the inner workings of his mind a little! Or possible do an  interview for our readers… which ever came first. Trust me when I say this, Dead, Buried,and Back will definitely be bringing you more updates as we get them on his releases and other projects so check back with us periodically. In the mean time, click on our Amazon link and order yourself a Marcus Pelegrimas novel and be prepared to be scared!
Nate Southard

Ok, I need to be perfectly honest about something. The first time I heard the name Nate Southard, all I knew was that he was a horror writer. I have to admit, I wasn’t familiar with any of his work.  All I actually knew at the time, was that he was responsible for organizing the WHC 2011 events. I promptly corrected that prior to the WHC!  Oh, I also knew that Joe McKinney and Brian Keene had said some really nice things about him. So for those of you whom have not had the pleasure of meeting him, or reading his work, allow me a brief introduction.

Nate Southard released his first graphic novel in 2005 titled DRIVE. After that, A TRIP to RUNDBERG was released. The graphic novel’s premiss was about a small group of survivors in a small town of Millwood during a zombie apocalypse. (nice illustrations).  Some of his novels include Red Sky and Black Magick. He has also written several Novellas including This Little Light of Mine, and more recently, Focus. Also to his credit,well over two dozen short stories. One of which, In The Middle of Poplar Street, got him a Bram Stoker nomination. His newest which I just started reading,  Scavengers looks to be a great one!       

I first met him when I was registering. He greeted me with a firm handshake and welcomed me. Then we laughed as he asked me if I was the guy who called him with questions about the WHC. He was wondering how I got his phone number…so I told him..1-900-

(just kiddin Nate). While I’ve read that he claims he’s not a people person, I in fact, had several nice conversations with him and found him to be very humble and professional. He certainly deserves a huge round of applause for his hard work and success of the convention. Again, Brian Keene and many others cannot say enough great things about this man. That’s why I found it only fitting that the folks in Georgia and fans of the horror genre meet him. Yes, I am now a die hard fan of his and will be for life…join me!

Please log on to his site or go to our link at Amazon books and buy a few!      


Brian Keene

In my last profile with Mary San Giovanni, I had mentioned this man, Brian Keene. Mr. Keene is a household name when it comes to horror and zombies…hands down. It’s been said that his zombie themed stories have greatly influenced  the new resurgence in the zombie sub culture.  He is a two time Bram Stoker award winner, and has had several of his stories optioned for film. Currently GHOUL, based on his novel, is in production. The Last Zombie comics are well known, as are  his wide array of  fiction and non fiction novels, short stories and graphic novels. The Rising and City of the Dead, were the first two novels I read which gave me insight to this man’s incredible talent.

Ok..that’s a small sample of his extensive bio. Let’s get into the real meat and taters from my meeting this legend for the first time. It all started on a lovely, warm evening in Austin, TX. in a hotel lobby room buzzing with activity and excitement on the second day of the 2011 WHC convention. I was speaking with Mrs. San Giovanni, when she introduced me to her fiancee Brian Keene. Mr. Keene’s hand was slightly faster on the draw than mine, as he shook it with great enthusiasm. He immediately said “I know your father! It’s really nice to meet you” and proceeded to say some very complimentary things about my father’s work. He was on his way to a reading as he continued his conversation with me. I must say I was impressed by the fact he didn’t cut our conversation short, even though he was under a time constraint. Inside, he was the first to read. Talk about energy and passion !  The room came alive. I don’t know about the others, but I felt like I was part of the story as he read. When the Q& A started, I finally got a good look at his sense of humor. He was asked a  political question, which, when he responded,  struck my funny bone. Oh yes! I thought. I really need to party with this guy! And by coincidence, that’s exactly what happened at 11pm. After the reading, I followed  the crowd to a press party where he made a special announcement about another great man… Nate Southard. I was amazed by Brian’s support of this man, and all those around him. It’s true what I’ve heard about his loyalty and commitment to his friends. This, I thought, is what makes Brian Keene the man he is. I  only wish that my friends who have read his stories could have had the pleasure of actually meeting him. The next morning I rose early thinking I was probably one of the only few that didn’t have a hang over. I headed to breakfast at 9am believing the hotel guests were still fast asleep. To my surprise, sitting on a couch next to his  fiance Mary San Giovanni , was Brian. First, I wondered if he had gone to bed. Next, like the true gentleman and professional he is, he struck up a conversation with me.  After a brief photo op, I gave him a Dead,Buried,and Back! t-shirt, then left him to his thoughts. That was the last time I spoke with him at length during the convention. I will say this to summarize. I have met a great man of many talents. I look forward to supporting his work, his fiance’s, and any of his friends. Most of all though, I look forward to the time when I’ll get to sit with him again and have a few laughs. Thanks for the great memories Brian!

Please visit him at and join the Keenedom!



Mary San Giovanni

I started following  Brian Keene on Twitter about a year ago when I discovered this young lady Mary San Giovanni. I wasn’t familiar with her work, so I did some research and ordered a novel. Pretty cool I thought.  After Dead, Buried and Back!  launched in  Nov. of 2010, I occasionally tweeted her. I really hadn’t put two and two together yet concerning Brian Keene, (didn’t follow Twitter much) so I  toyed with various ideas to break the ice with her.  Finally I found the courage to ask her…

permission to repost her short story.   (what did you think I was going to say?)

I posted her ghost story LETTING GO which was written some years earlier. It was well received.  I too, thought the premise had a unique twist. But I digress..

I met Mrs. San Giovanni in the lobby of the Double Tree hotel just moments before she and Brian Keene were to have a reading.  I was immediately captivated by her smile and charm.   Now I understand why Brian Keene calls her the love of his life. She really lights up a room with her presence. Even though I initially only spent a few moments speaking to her,  I’ll tell you after reading the Hallower , I was  very excited about her newest… Thrall. I sat in on the reading , then later at a press party, I had a chance to speak with her in a more relaxed environment.  She is a classy lady with a quick wit, and I believe a fantastic writing career ahead of her. Hopefully in the future Dead,Buried,and Back!  can bring it’s viewers an interview with her.  If your not familiar with her novels, you owe it to yourself to discover this rising star!

If you haven’t read Thrall, but enjoy monsters and a dose of terror, then you should definitely check it out. Dead,Buried and Back will do a review on the story next week so check back with us!

Bev Vincent

The now concluded WHC 2011  hosted some of the most acclaimed novelists of the horror genre. Over the next several weeks I’d like to introduce you to them. Today, we’ll start with Bev Vincent.

A  liaison at the WHC for the special guests, he was one of the first individuals I met when I reached the hotel. While I was not a “special guest”  he treated me like one.  He was one of the people behind the success of this year’s WHC which I understand, was one of the best. I was actually unaware of his awesome responsibility until I read a recent blog entry on his website. WOW!  I really enjoyed the privilege of  speaking with him when time permitted. He’s a highly motivated professional, and a  talented writer  as well as an editor for Cemetery Dance magazine. He also has the  unique ability to make you feel like he’s known you forever.

So Kudos to Mr. Vincent  from Dead,Buried,and Back! for your outstanding contribution to this year’s WHC.

Be sure to log on to his website and pick up some of his work.



Jonathan Maberry

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


His novels include the Pine Deep Trilogy: GHOST ROAD BLUES (Pinnacle books; winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2006), DEAD MAN’S SONG (2007) and BAD MOON RISING (2008); the Joe Ledger series of action thrillers from St. Martin’s Griffin: PATIENT ZERO (2009, which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Best Novel Award and is in development for TV by Sony Entertainment), THE DRAGON FACTORY (2010; now available), THE KING OF PLAGUES (March 2011), ASSASSIN’S CODE (March 2012), VISITORS (2013); THE WOLFMAN (NY Times bestseller from Tor, based on the Universal Pictures film starring Benecio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Sir Anthony Hopkins); the Benny Imura series of Young Adult dystopian zombie thrillers from Simon & Schuster: ROT & RUIN (Sept 2010), DUST & DECAY (2011), FLESH & BONE (2012) and FIRE & ASH (21013); and the forthcoming standalone zombie thriller DEAD OF NIGHT (Summer 2011)

His 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 nominated for a Stoker Award; 2008), THEY BITE! (2009 co-authored by David F. Kramer), WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (2010 co-authored by Janice Gable Bashman), and THE VAMPIRE SLAYERS FIELD GUIDE TO THE UNDEAD (2001, written under the pen name of Shane MacDougall).

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, and THE MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER. All of Jonathan’s comic book collections are released as Graphic Novel collections within a month or two of individual comic publication.


Recent short stories include “Pegleg and Paddy Save the World” (HISTORY IS DEAD, Permuted Press 2007), “Doctor Nine” (KILLERS, Swimming Kangaroo Press, 2008; and reprinted in The Stories (in) Between Edited by Greg Schauer, Jeanne B. Benzel, and W.H. Horner. Fantasist Enterprises, 2009), “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Greenbrier Ghost” (LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE 2, Bloodletting Books, 2008), “Clean Sweeps” (AND SO IT BEGINS, Dark Quest Books, 2008), “Family Business” (THE NEW DEAD, St. Martin’s Press, 2010), “Like Part of the Family” (NEW BLOOD edited by Patrick Thomas and Diane Raetz, Padwolf Press, 2010), “Zero Tolerance” (THE LIVING DEAD 2, Night Shade Books), “Flint and Steel” (GI JOE: COBRA WARS, 2011), and “Saint John”(THE MONSTER’S CORNER, 2011, St. Martin’s). Jonathan also created several Joe Ledger short stories for the Internet: “Countdown”, “Deep, Dark” and “Material Witness”, available through his website. His essay, “A Predator Species” will be included in Triumph of The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Epic on Page and Screen edited by James Lowder (BenBella Books/Smart Pop, November 2011).



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 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 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. He is a frequent guest at genre cons, writers conferences and publishing industry events, including ThrillerFest, Central Coast Writers Conference, Necon, San Diego Comic Con, Sisters in Crime, BackSpace, PennWriters, Dragon*Con, PhilCon, Horror-Realm, Boucher Con, HorrorFind, Monster Mania, New York Comic Con, Philadelphia Writers Conference, Balticon, The Write Stuff, Hypericon, Hypericon, KillerCon, NAIBA, LunaCon, and many others.


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.


Jonathan is a founding member of The Liars Club, a group of networking publishing professionals that includes celebrated authors L. A. Banks, Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Ed Pettit, Dennis Tafoya, Keith Strunk, Don Lafferty, Kelly Simmons, Marie Lamba, Solomon Jones, Sara Shepard, William Lashner, and Laura Schrock. The Liars Club works to support booksellers, raise awareness and support for public libraries, and cultivate a joy of reading and books.

On the last Sunday of every month Jonathan hosts the Writers Coffeehouse, a free three-hour open-agenda networking and discussion session for writers of all genres and levels of skill. The event is held at the Barnes & Noble in Willow Grove Pennsylvania.


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, Revise & Sell, Experimental Writing for Teens, and others. Many of his students have gone on to publish in short and novel-length fiction, magazine feature writing, nonfiction books, TV, film, and comics.


Nolan, 2002); The Martial Arts Student Logbook (Strider Nolan, 2002); Ultimate Sparring Principles and Practices (Strider Nolan, 2003).


Visit his website at or find him on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, GoodReads, Library Thing, Shefari and Plaxo.

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