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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion mass market paperback; New Edition edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857979532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857979534
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,045,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE says, "Jay Bonansinga has quickly and firmly established himself as one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers. His twisting narratives, with their in-your-face glimpses of violence, are set in an unstable, almost psychotic universe that makes the work of many of his contemporaries look rather tame."

His novels -- which include THE WALKING DEAD: FALL OF THE GOVERNOR PART 1 & 2 (2013, co-author, with Robert Kirkman), THE ROAD TO WOODBURY (2012, co-author, with Robert Kirkman), THE WALKING DEAD: RISE OF THE GOVERNOR (2011, co-author, with Robert Kirkman), PINKERTON'S WAR (2011), PERFECT VICTIM (2008), SHATTERED (2007), TWISTED (2006), and FROZEN (2005) -- have been translated into 9 different languages. His 2004 non-fiction debut THE SINKING OF THE EASTLAND was a Chicago Reader "Critics Choice Book" as well as the recipient of a Superior Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society. His debut novel THE BLACK MARIAH was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award, and his numerous short tales and articles have been published in such magazines as THE WRITER, AMAZING STORIES, GRUE, FLESH & BLOOD, OUTRE and CEMETERY DANCE, as well as a number of anthologies.

Jay also proudly wears the hat of indie filmmaker: his music videos have been seen on The Nashville Network and Public Television, and his short film CITY OF MEN was awarded the prestigious silver plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. In 2008, his feature-film debut, STASH (based on his short story of the same title collected in CANDY IN THE DUMPSTER), won the Gold Remi at the Houston International Film Festival and Best Comedy at the Iowa City and Queens International film festivals. STASH was shot in Chicago and stars Tim Kazurinsky (POLICE ACADEMY) and the late Marilyn Chambers (INSATIABLE), and has appeared on On-Demand nationwide in 50 million households. Jay has also worked as a screenwriter with horror legend George Romero, Will Smith's production company Overbrook Entertainment, and Dennis Haysbert (THE UNIT).

The holder of a master's degree in film from Columbia College Chicago, Jay currently resides in Evanston, Illinois. He is also a visiting professor at Northwestern University in their Creative Writing for the Media program, as well as the Graduate Writing Program at DePaul University. He can be reached at

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Duncan on July 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I found this book at a yard sale and on the book it said George Romero was turning it into a movie. I had always been a huge Romero movie fan so I thought why not. I bought and I read this book in 3 days. I couldn't put it down. The plot was very original. The characters are well developed and the storyline never lags. I don't want to give any of it away but if you are a horror fan (GET THIS BOOK) You will not be sorry.

The only thing that I hate is that George Romero I don't guess is going to do the movie of it now. A shame because it could have racked in lots of money at the box office.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1997
Format: Paperback
The Black Mariah left me on the edge of my seat...rolling through my imagination like a semi straight out of hell...I loved the characters and the fast-paced action. The concept is unbelievably original, as are the descriptions of events. I recommend this to anyone eager for non-stop ORIGINAL action and suspense...I wrapped this book in plastic. Keep up the good work, you are a fantastic writer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2002
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I recently finished The Black Mariah after searching for it for ten years.(I read about it in Fangoria magazine and just found it on, after reading it I felt it was worth the wait. The Black Mariah is one of the most involving books I've read in a long time. The book is part road story, part supernatural, part interracial love story about two truckers,a black man and his partner, a white woman. They come across a motorist who is unable to stop or slow down for fear he will die. They think it's a joke until they contract the mystical curse that eventually kills the young black motorist. It was cast by a racist old woman. The two truckers then find themselves unable to stop or they will burst into flames.All the while their gas gauge runs low. This book blends all the elements I mentioned into a great adventure with a moral ending. Highly recommened.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By coachtim on December 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"The Black Mariah" (eagerly anticipated after going through the earlier Amazon reviews of the book) was somewhat of a disappointment for this reader. The plot revolves around an unfortunate CB transmission that trucking partners Lucas Hyde and Sophie Cohen pick up as they are traveling. The transmission deals with a curse that has been inflicted on an unwelcome suitor (Melville Benoit) by a deranged great aunt of the young lady in question. Benoit, an African-American, was cursed by the great aunt (Vanessa DeGeaux) because he had the audacity to attempt a relationship with DeGeaux's Caucasian grand niece. As the reader quickly finds out, the curse requires that Melville remain in constant motion (think the movie, "Speed") on the highway or perish.

Lucas and Sophie pick up Melville's plea for help as he becomes low on fuel. The trucking duo attempt a risky "mid-flight" refueling that ends up creating a highway disaster that causes a transference of the curse from Melville to Lucas and Sophie. The rest of the book deals with the duo's attempt to save themselves and end the curse.

Bonansinga does a fine job developing the characters of the book and because that, it is a fine read. For this reviewer's tastes, though, there are just too many fantastic situations for my total satisfaction. The book is heavy on supernatural activity, so the reader will have to suspend all powers of disbelief in order to enjoy "The Black Mariah" (the name of Lucas and Sophie's truck, by the way). There certainly are moments of horror and graphic gore, but not as much as earlier reviewers would lead you to believe.

Bonansinga has certainly made his mark in the literary world with fine novels such as, "Frozen", "Twisted", "Sick", and the imaginative "The Killers Game".
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