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Jay R Bonansinga

USA flag (b.1959)

Jay Bonansinga is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling Walking Dead series as well as a screenwriter and filmmaker who has been called one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers by the Chicago Tribune. He is an acclaimed Bram Stoker award finalist and his books have been translated into nine different languages and several have been optioned by major Hollywood studios. Jay lives in Evanston, Illinois and is a visiting professor at both Northwestern and DePaul universities where he teaches screenwriting.

Genres: Horror, Science Fiction

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   Candy in the Dumpster (2006) (with Bill Breedlove, John Everson and Martin Mundt)
   Blood Samples (2013)
   Gothic Blue Book IV (2014) (with Bruce Boston)
Short Stories
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Anthologies containing stories by Jay R Bonansinga
Short stories
The Need (1995)
Black Celebration (1996)
Glory Hand in the Soft City (1999)

Bram Stoker Best First Novel nominee (1995) : The Black Mariah

Jay R Bonansinga recommends
Don't Ever Tell (2008)
Brandon Massey
"A diabolical rocket sled of a book, this story is deceptively simple, carefully crafted out of lean, mean prose; but the pay-off is shattering - a tour de force of psychological suspense. Old grudges, dark secrets, and a ticking time bomb of a villain add up to an irresistible read. Highly recommended."
Killing Red (2009)
(Alex Chapa, book 1)
Henry Perez
"Killing Red heralds a meteoric debut! Compulsively readable, crafted with surgical skill, Henry Perez's first novel tells a decade-spanning story of how evil can plant its seeds in the most mundane of all places and then spread like kudzu. Not since Thomas Harris burst onto the scene with Black Sunday has a debut thriller come along that sinks its hooks this deep into a reader from page one. Here's a public service message to all thriller lovers: Do not start this book at night if you want to get any sleep, because you will be up until you cross the finish line - pulse racing, skin sweaty - but happy as hell you decided to go on this magnificent thrill ride. Highest recommendation!"
The Ninth Circle (2014)
Brendan Deneen
"...tragically cool and jacked up..."
The Feral Road (2016)
(Omega Days, book 5)
John L Campbell
"A potent mixture of horror and humanity...epic shocks...highly recommended!."
Alchemy of Glass (2020)
Barbara Barnett
"Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton in this fever dream of a fantasy. Richly textured, terrifying, and somehow timely, Barbara Barnett’s time-jumping tale will keep readers up well past their bedtime. Highly recommended!"
The Butcher (2022)
Peter Ely
"Grips you in its spell from the very first page Ely is one to watch. The Butcher is a suspense smorgasbord with a tasty villain and heaping helpings of horror. Recommended."

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