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Horror Author Spotlight - Jonathan Maberry

Devan Sagliani | 1 Jul 2014 23:54
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DS: There are some amazing supernatural elements at play in your award-winning novel Ghost Road Blues. What's your take on the supernatural? Do you believe in spirits? More specifically, do you believe that evil never dies but lies dormant waiting to be stirred back to life as you suggest in the book?

JM: I keep an open mind. My grandmother believed in pretty much everything, and she was a big influence on me as a kid. I believe in a lot, but not everything. And I'm open to possibilities. As for evil -I actually don't believe in supernatural evil. We humans are quite capable of being evil without help from the spirit world.

DS: So many of your stories have either been turned into comics or are in the process of being turned into them. Have you always been a fan of comics? What were some of your favorite comic book series and characters growing up?

JM: I grew up reading comics. I fell in love with them in the middle 1960s and have been a fan ever since. My first comic was Fantastic Four #68 and I was a Marvel Comics kid growing up. Of course I read all sorts of stuff. Loved the Jack Kirby era at DC, and the Denny O'Neil, Neal Adams Green Lantern/Green Arrow stuff. And I'll read anything Mike Mignola does. My tastes have become quite broad. Loving Joe Harris' new X-Files comic, and the new takes on Hawkeye and Moon Knight. Probably my favorite comic growing up, though, was TOMB OF DRACULA. Absolutely loved that book.

DS: Your background writing Marvel comics includes some impressive titles, including CAPTAIN AMERICA: HAIL HYDRA, BLACK PANTHER: POWER, DOOMWAR, WOLVERINE: FLIES TO A SPIDER, PUNISHER: NAKED KILLS, and the MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN. You've also had your very own franchise within Marvel --MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER, MARVEL UNIVERSE vs WOLVERINE and MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE AVENGERS. Can you tell us a little bit more about how you got into writing for Marvel?

JM: As I said, Axel Alonso, Marvel's editor-in-chief called me out of the blue and asked me to write for them. I started off doing an eight-page Wolverine short ("Ghosts", in the FLIES TO A SPIDER collection) and a Punisher MAX one-shot ("Naked Kill"). I did a bunch of stuff for them, and then at a New York Comic Con a couple of years ago I had coffee with Scott Allie, editor-in-chief of Dark Horse. I pitched him a five-issue limited series horror comic BAD BLOOD. He bought it and that ran early this year. Then I started a relationship with IDW Publishing. I'd edited an anthology for them -V-WARS-and Ted Adams, the CEO called me and asked if I'd be interested in writing a V-Wars comic. I jumped at that, and then we agreed on my doing a ROT & RUIN comic. V-WARS sold out its first two issues and is rocketing along. ROT & RUIN debuts in September.

DS: What's next for you?

JM: Jeez...this is the most insanely busy year of my life, which means I'm having the most fun I've ever had. I just finished the seventh Joe Ledger novel, PREDATOR ONE, which will be published in March. My next zombie novel, FALL OF NIGHT, debuts September 2, the same week as the ROT & RUIN comic. Next summer I have a new series of middle-grade science fiction/horror novels coming out -THE ORPHAN ARMY, book 1 of the Nightsiders. And I have two anthologies launching this year: V-WARS: BLOOD AND FIRE in late July, and then OUT OF TUNE -which are all stories inspired by classic ballads. That features stories by Jack Ketchum, David Liss, Kelley Armstrong, Simon R. Green and a laundry list of top horror and fantasy writers. It debuts in September.

DS: Anything else you want to promote that we didn't cover or anything else you'd like to share with us?

JM: I was just tapped to edit a series of anthologies of all-original X-FILES stories. And a small press, JournalStone is re-releasing my PINE DEEP TRILOGY in special edition hardcover revised editions.

DS: Thank you so much for your time!

Jonathan and his wife, Sara Jo, to whom he dedicates all of his published works, and their dog, Rosie, live in Del Mar, California. Visit his website and sign up for his free newsletter, or see his Facebook page.

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