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Product Details

  • Series: Dead of Night Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031255219X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312552190
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This has to be one of the best traditional zombie tales I've ever read... This is a zombie book for the ages."
--Seattle Post Intelligencer
 
"Maberry grounds the story with scientific confidence, spares no attention to detail, and presents the undead as more than faceless targets."
--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Patient Zero, the Pine Deep Trilogy, The Wolfman, Zombie CSU and They Bite.  His work for Marvel Comics includes the Punisher, Wolverine, DoomWar, Marvel Zombie Return and Black Panther.  His Joe Ledger series has been optioned for TV by Sony Pictures.


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

He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; now in development for film; named in Booklist's Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; nominee for several state Teen Book Awards; 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 (September 11, 2012; and FIRE & ASH (2013). His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St. Martin's Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel; THE DRAGON FACTORY, 2010; HE KING OF PLAGUES, 2011; ASSASSIN'S CODE, 2011; EXTINCTION MACHINE, 2013; CODE ZER0, 2014, and JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING FILES, 2011 from Blackstone Audio.

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; DEAD MAN'S SONG, 2007; and BAD MOON RISING, 2008), as well as DEAD OF NIGHT, 2011 and its forthcoming sequel, FALL OF NIGHT, 2014. And the movie novelization, THE WOLFMAN, 2010, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation.

He is also editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW.

Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary, ZOMBIES: A Living History. He will also be featured in That $#(!'ll Rot Your Brain: How the Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture, a forthcoming documentary on horror movies directed by Robert Tinnell.

His many 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 finalist for a Stoker Award; 2008); THEY BITE! (2009 co-authored by David F. Kramer); WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (2010; Bram Stoker finalist; co-authored by Janice Gable Bashman); THE VAMPIRE SLAYERS FIELD GUIDE TO THE UNDEAD (2001, written under the pen name of Shane MacDougall); ULTIMATE JUJUTSU (Strider Nolan, 2001); ULTIMATE SPARRING (Strider Nolan, 2000); JUDO AND YOU (Kendall Hunt 1991); and many others.

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, MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER. MARVEL UNIVERSE vs WOLVERINE and the upcoming MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE AVENGERS. 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 "A Footnote in the Black Budget" (MADNESS OF CTHULHU, 2013), "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), "Saint John" (THE MONSTER'S CORNER, 2011, St. Martin's), "Spellcaster 2.0" (An Apple for the Creature, Ace Books, 2012), "Jack and Jill" (21st Century Dead, St. Martin's Griffin,2012), "The Death Song of Dwar Guntha" (Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, 2012, Simon & Schuster), "The Wind Through the Fence" (an original e-story available for all e-readers), "Property Condemned" (scheduled for the premier issue of NIGHTMARE MAGAZINE), "Chokepoint" (included in THE UNINVITED, Vol 2), and many others. His essay, "Take Me To Your Leader" is included in the nonfiction book, TRIUMPH OF THE WALKING DEAD: Robert Kirkman's Zombie Epic on Page and Screen edited by James Lowder (BenBella Books/Smart Pop, 2011).

In 2012 Blackstone Audio released two collections of Jonathan's short stories: Tales from the Fire Zone and Hungry Tales.

All of Jonathan's novels are available on audio, including the audio-only collection, JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING FILES (Blackstone), which includes the short stories "Countdown", "Zero Tolerance", "Deep Dark", "Material Witness" and "Dog Days". Another Joe Ledger short, "Mad Science", will appear in the audio anthology LIAR LIAR from The Liars Club.

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 was a recurring character on Laura Schrock's 'IT'S TODD'S SHOW'.

Jonathan's Big Scary Blog (www.jonathanmaberry.com) 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.

He is a frequent keynote speaker, guest of honor and workshop leader at genre cons, libraries, writers conferences and publishing industry events, including KeyCon, ThrillerFest, Zombie Fest, Heather Graham's The Writers for New Orleans, Central Coast Writers Conference, NeCon, NY Comic Con, Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Sisters in Crime, BackSpace, PennWriters, Dragon*Con, PhilCon, Horror-Realm, Boucher Con, HorrorFind, Monster Mania, Philadelphia Writers Conference, Balticon, Romance Writers of America, American Library Association, The Write Stuff, Hypericon, AnthoCon, KillerCon, NAIBA, LunaCon, and many others.

Jonathan has sold more than 1,200 feature articles and 3,000 columns; as well as greeting cards, song lyrics, poetry, technical manuals, call-floor scripts, and two plays, including Tales from the Fire Zone. He is developing a psychological thriller novel based on that play.

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, as well as a jurist for the Edgar and Stoker Awards.

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. He is a board member of the River Union Stage, a professional equity theater based in Stockton, New Jersey.

Jonathan is a founding member of The Liars Club, a group of networking publishing professionals that includes celebrated authors Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Ed Pettit, Dennis Tafoya, Keith Strunk, Don Lafferty, Kelly Simmons, Marie Lamba, Solomon Jones, Stephen Susco, Chuck Wendig, 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. The late NY Times bestseller L. A. Banks was a founding member of the Liars Club.

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. The Liars Club has begun launching additional Writers Coffeehouses throughout the region.

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

In 2004 Jonathan was inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame largely because of his extensive writings in that field.

Jonathan lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Sara Jo, to whom he dedicates all of his published works, and their dog, Rosie. His stepson, Sam West-Mensch, serves a general manager of Jonathan's writing business.

Visit his website/blog and sign up for his free newsletter at www.jonathanmaberry.com
www.facebook.com/jonathanmaberry, www.twitter.com/jonathanmaberry

Customer Reviews

It's so well written and the story is very good.
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If you are a fan of horror novels and the zombie genre, this is a must read book.
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It has well thought out characters and the story is great too.
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97 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Xina143 VINE VOICE on September 21, 2011
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I loved it... I just don't think there is much more to say! But I will anyways...

I have read most of Jonathan Maberry's books, and one thing I love about him is his ability to create images. When I read a book like this (let me clarify: when I read a GOOD book of this genre), I tend to see a 'movie' in my head. I often assign some actor to a particular character, and I see the action in my mind, which is what I like. Doing this helps me connect to the characters. It helps me form an attachment to what is going on in the book. Maberry is a master at doing this for me.

Desdemona Fox, Dez to her friends, is a mess. A beautiful gulf war vet turned rural cop. She is damaged, bitter and hard, but that doesn't stop Maberry from turning her into a likeable character that embraces her flaws. Her partner, JT, is your typical cop, or so we are led to believe. He is in his 40's, but his love (NOT that kind of love, but more a father to a young girl) for Dez, gives him another dimension. Billy Trout, respected reporter for the small town they live in, is Dez's on again, off again love interest.

What Maberry does here is create a plausible explanation for the zombies that are creeping up everywhere. I think that has been done in the past, and it is always overwrought, almost cheesy, but Maberry crafts a very believable explanation, and we are left wondering exactly who the monster is - those that created the 'virus' or the zombies themselves? The carnage in here is typical for this type of book-but there was nothing offensive or over the top. The isolation the characters must have felt and the idea that a town could be ruined while cut off from 'civilization (by a storm in this case) created a sense of dread that fit the atmosphere of this book perfectly.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael VINE VOICE on October 10, 2011
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First, let me say that these zombies made me want to vomit. They not only bite to spread infection, but they spew a black liquid filled with parasites. Absolutely revolting, but great horror!

Dead of Night is not like Patient Zero. It begins more as a mystery thriller, when the body of a convicted serial killer that goes missing after his execution, and two murder victims are left behind in the morgue. Before any action begins, readers are given a thorough description of all the main characters, which includes their relationships to one another, as well as their personalities. By the time the infected are roaming Stebbins, PA, you will feel like you are part of the small town. Most of the big action scenes didn't start until halfway through the book, so the set-up requires some patience, but it's worth it.

The book is divided into four parts, with each part beginning with a different section of The Hollow Men by TS Eliot. The very first chapter is told from the mind of an infected victim, expressing his personal hell as he is trapped in a body that he is no longer in control of, and he is forced to watch the atrocities that his vessel is committing. This left me wondering if all the infected were suffering the same way. Readers are given a scientific explanation eventually.

The POV continues to switch between characters, including a reporter named Billy Trout, and a police office named Dez Fox. One of the reasons that the infection is allowed to spread is the high level of denial, even among those who have witnessed the zombies firsthand. As Trout investigates the story of Homer Gibbon's missing corpse, he uncovers a government conspiracy, but Trout refuses to believe the horror behind the truth.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric Baker on December 6, 2011
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I've been a fan of Maberry's since first reading Ghost Road Blues. After reading this story I'm still a fan, just a disappointed one. I enjoyed his take on the whole Zombie virus thing. A bit cliche with the German mad scientist, but okay, this isn't supposed to be the next War and Peace. However, I found the characters rather, well, characterless. Usually this is an area where he shines. I quickly tired of hearing about how DAMAGED the main character was and had little sympathy for her. The attempt at 'psychology' behind her 'issues' seemed almost an afterthought and did nothing to make her more likeable. On the other hand, the action and horror elements were decent once they got going and the ending had a nice twist.

In sum, worth a read if you can find it cheap, but not as good as his other books.

Those looking for well written zombie fiction should try Ben Tripp's 'Rise Again' and 'Tooth and Nail' by Craig Dilouie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin M. Rinaldi on November 4, 2011
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Dead of Night is a very well paced, exciting Zombie Novel, with a very scientific and plausible explanation for the outbreak. The setting and atmosphere are perfect for this genre, wide open spaces of a rural county in Pennsylvania are made to feel claustrophobic by the excellent mood and tone set by the author. There is no set up or real background at the beginning of the book, which I appreciate. Maberry throws you right into the mix and doesn't let up.

Being somewhat new to the zombie genre, having read a handful of novels, it was nice to see a point of view from someone who has actually become a zombie, it added more dread to the ongoing events and made me feel for the people who have turned, instead of nameless brainless ghouls.

If there is one sticking point for me, its the time it takes the characters to identify the "dead people" are zombies. I understand the story is placed in a world where there has been no zombie movies, books, etc., which makes sense, because it adds to the overall arc of the story, but seeing as how we the reader are familiar with the zombie genre, I found myself screaming at them a little into the story, this is but a minor detail in an overall great read.

Authors probably hate this, but if you are looking for a comparison, the two books that come to mind would be a cross between World War Z and DaVinci Code. Obviously not the scale of WWZ but the pace and view points of different characters. Dan Brown / DaVinci code for the mystery / thriller aspect and pace. Those are intended to be compliments, if that makes it better. This is the first Maberry book I have read and I intend to check out others now.
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