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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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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: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today's Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-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, 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). 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; EXTINCTION MACHINE, (2013; now in development for TV by Lonetree Entertainment and Vintage Picture Company); PREDATOR ONE, 2015, and others. His first middle grade novel, THE NIGHTSIDERS BOOK 1: THE ORPHAN ARMY, debuted in 2015 from Simon & Schuster.

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, 2011 (named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium) and its forthcoming sequel, FALL OF NIGHT, 2014. He also wrote the movie novelization, THE WOLFMAN, 2010, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation; and DEADLANDS: GHOSTWALKERS, an original novel inspired by the million-copy-selling role-playing game. He has also written the foreword to a new annotated edition of DRACULA from Writers Digest Books.

Jonathan is the creator, editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW, and its sequels, V-WARS: BLOOD AND FIRE, V-WARS: NIGHT TERRORS, V-WARS: SHOCKWAVES, V-WARS: INFERNO. And he writes a best-selling monthly V-WARS comic. A board game version of V-Wars will be released in late 2015; and the series is in development for TV by IDW Media.

He is also the editor of the dark fantasy anthology series, OUT OF TUNE (JournalStone, 2014), a series of X-FILES anthologies launching in 2015, and SCARY OUT THERE, an anthology of horror for teens.

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. And he was participated in the commentary tracks for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: REANIMATED. He recently filmed segments for six installments of a forthcoming H2 series on monsters in mythology and pop culture.

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 various top comic book companies. His work for Marvel Comics included CAPTAIN AMERICA: HAIL HYDRA, BLACK PANTHER: POWER, DOOMWAR, WOLVERINE: FLIES TO A SPIDER, PUNISHER: NAKED KILLS, the NY Times bestselling MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN; as well as his own franchise within Marvel --MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER, MARVEL UNIVERSE vs WOLVERINE and MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE AVENGERS. He wrote the vampire miniseries BAD BLOOD for Dark Horse, which won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Graphic Novel in 2015; V-WARS and ROT & RUIN for IDW based on his bestselling novels. Adaptations of his short stories have appeared in EVIL JESTER COMICS and GRAVE CONDITIONS. All of Jonathan's comic book collections are released as Graphic Novel collections within a month or two of individual comic publication.

Jonathan has published several dozen short stories in a variety of genres: mystery, horror, thriller, science fiction, military fiction, fantasy, western, urban fantasy, humor and others. His collections include JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING FILES, 2011 from Blackstone Audio; HUNGRY TALES (2012) and TALES FROM THE FIRE ZONE (2012) and the forthcoming JOE LEDGER: SPECIAL OPS (2014, JournalStone), DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN and STRANGE WORLDS (Blackstone, 2015). His work also appears in the audio anthology LIAR LIAR from The Liars Club (released by Blackstone Audio in 2013).

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 popular Big Scary Blog ( focused 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 also writes the SCARY OUT THERE blog, through which he and his guests explore teen horror fiction in its many aspects. Current and upcoming guests include R.L. Stine, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Nancy Holder, Kim Harrison, Ellen Hopkins and many others. That blog can be found on the website of the Horror Writers Association:

He is one third of the hirsute pop-culture podcast THREE GUYS WITH BEARDS, along with Christopher Golden and James A. Moore.

He is a frequent keynote speaker, guest of honor and workshop leader at genre cons, libraries, writers conferences and publishing industry events, including the Writers Digest Conference, American Library Association, KeyCon, American Library Association, ThrillerFest, Zombie Fest, Heather Graham's Writers for New Orleans, Central Coast Writers Conference, NeCon, NY Comic Con, Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Sisters in Crime, Context, New York Comic Con, Dallas-Fort Worth Writers Conference, Tucson Festival of Books, Long Beach Comic Con, BackSpace, PennWriters, Dragon*Con, PhilCon, Horror-Realm, Boucher Con, HorrorFind, Monster Mania, Philadelphia Writers Conference, Balticon, Romance Writers of America, American Library Association, ZenKaiKon,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.

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, Stoker, and Scribe 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. In 2006 he helped found the Wild River Review, an notable online literary journal.

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, Janice Gable Bashman, Cordelia Biddle, Christopher Golden, James A. Moore, Scott Sigler, Amber Benson, Kathryn Craft, Jeff Marriott, Nancy Holder and Michael Boatman. 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.

Jonathan created the Writers Coffeehouse, a free three-hour open-agenda networking and discussion session for writers of all genres and levels of skill in multiple locations around the country each month.

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. He is the former Expert Witness for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office for murder cases involving martial arts; and he's done extensive work for civil cases.

Jonathan and his wife, Sara Jo, to whom he dedicates all of his published works, and their dog, Rosie, live in Del Mar, California.

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102 of 107 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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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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13 of 15 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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2011
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I listened to the story on, and this story kept me listening every spare moment I had, even avoiding homework that I have to do (as soon as I finish this review, I will get going:). I couldn't wait for the main actions to start, and once it did, it was a steamroller.

Desdemona Fox (cop), J.T. (cop), and Billy Trout (reporter) are the three main protagonists. Des and Billy have a love-hate relationship. Des and J.T. have a figurative father-daughter relationship.

A mad, vengeful scientist injects the ultimate bad guy, Homer Gibbons (serial killer), with an engineered bioweapon. Homer is patient zero, and even if the good guys contain all the other zombies, what about him? Homer has more self-awareness and control than the regular zombies who are pretty much parasitic driven shells (with fleeting awareness but no self-control). The reason the zombies spread so fast is because people's understandable shock keeps them frozen a bit too long, and the zombies get their chance to bite or spray the people with the parasite laden blood/bodily fluids.

Maberry has issues of ethics regarding bioengineering, military response, and citizen action in regards to the catastrophe. The novel was well-written, and is heads and tails above most zombie novels. It was very exciting, and has a gut-wrenching ending.
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