Hostile Questions: Jonathan Maberry
Posted by: Daniel Kraus
I could begin this by listing all of Jonathan Maberry‘s books, but that would be a bona fide tragedy for Hostile Questions fans, because it would take me several weeks and by then I’d be, you know, dead. If anyone could resurrect me, though, it would be Maberry, the literary world’s go-to guy for all things zombie. A quick sampling of his undead oeuvre: Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Flesh & Bone, Dead of Night, and They Bite. There is no better man to know for when the zompocalypse hits, which is why I’m being uncharacteristically un-hostile today. I’m just planning ahead.
Just who do you think you are?
Depends on who you ask. My bio says that I’m a New York Times best-selling novelist, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner and Marvel Comics writer. My friends think I’m an affable goof. My dog thinks I’m a much larger dog. My wife thinks I’m crazy. And the world in general thinks I’m an oddball who’s roughly the size and general hairiness of Sasquatch. I am, I believe, all of those things.
Where do you get off?
I get off in Bucks County, a haunted northern suburb of Philadelphia (where I was hatched and raised). I used to be a city boy, but the older and slower I get the more I want to get away from hustle and bustle and be among green, growing things that don’t honk at me. Except for geese, they’re allowed to honk at me. I dwell among the greenery with my tolerant (some would say absurdly so) wife, Sara Jo; and a fierce little thirteen-pound dog who is spotted exactly like a cow.
What’s the big idea?
I like scaring the bejeezus out of people, and I do that with horror novels (Ghost Road Blues, Dead Man’s Song, Bad Moon Rising, Dead of Night), teen post-apocalyptic fiction (Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Flesh & Bone), adult weird-science thrillers (Patient Zero, The Dragon Factory, The King of Plagues, Assassin’s Code), movie novelizations (The Wolfman), comics (Marvel Universe vs. the Avengers, Doomwar, Captain America: Hail Hydra), and scads of creepy short stories.
And right now Hollywood has had the absolute temerity to put my novel Rot & Ruin into development for a feature film. The nerve of some people.
What is your problem, man?
My problem is that cloning hasn’t been perfected yet. I’m on book tour most of the year (in all sorts of sketchy places like libraries, bookstores, and schools across the country), and while I’m on the road I’m expected to write the books for which I have already cashed and spent my advances. It would be useful to have one of me go on tour, another one of write my thrillers, another write my teen fiction, another write my comics, another write short stories and novellas, another to do nothing but blob on the couch with my dog and catch up on everything in my DVR, another to go traipsing around the world with my wife (yes, I said traipsing, dammit), and another to practice that mysterious and intellectual introspective look so my author photos look more authoritative.
Haven’t you done enough?
Not a friggin’ chance. I love the fast lane. I’m on tour with two books: Flesh & Bone (3rd in my Rot & Ruin series) and V-Wars (a vampire anthology; my first book as editor). My latest series from Marvel just debuted, Marvel Universe vs. the Avengers. I’ve got a UFO-themed thriller due out in March (Extinction Machine), and I have at least two and very likely three novels to write in 2013 (Code Zero, the 6th Joe Ledger thriller; Fall of Night, a zombie novel; and another teen novel). I believe that sleep is for the weak.