Ghost Road Blues (Pinnacle Books) is the first of a trilogy of supernatural thrillers set in the small town of Pine Deep, PA. Pine Deepâ€™s had a long and troubled history â€“mass murders, urban legends, hauntings, the worksâ€”and over the last few years itâ€™s re-imagined itself as a tourist spot by playing up its haunted history. Known as the â€œMost Haunted Town in Americaâ€ and â€œAmericaâ€™s Haunted Holidaylandâ€ , Pine Deep boasts the nationâ€™s largest haunted hayride, a massive Halloween Festival and horror movie marathons.
The problem is...Pine Deep really is the most haunted town in America and thatâ€™s not going to be such a good thing for either the residents or the tourists.
Our story starts with a manhunt for a serials killer, Karl Ruger. He thinks heâ€™s just fleeing the cops but heâ€™s being drawn to Pine Deep by an ancient evil that is gathering an army â€“human and inhuman- in order to launch an attack on the world of the living.
Book I is built largely around the Karl Ruger story and though it has a lot of supernatural elements in it, itâ€™s built more like a suspense thriller. Think Silence of the Lambs meets Salems Lot and youâ€™ll be in the right zip code. The book has been nominated for two Stoker Awards: Best First Novel and Novel of the Year.
Book II: Dead Manâ€™s Song, due out in July, has more a mystery feel to it as the both sets of characters --good guys and bad guysâ€”work through their agendas. The good guys think the story is over, but the bad guys are pulling a lot of strings and things are really getting worse all the time.
Book III: Bad Moon Rising (which I just finished writing last week), is more of an action story with the undead army launching its attack on the town. Itâ€™s the most violent of the three books (which is saying something).
The backstory of the trilogy is drawn from my research into the folklore of ghosts, vampires, etc. Iâ€™ve written a number of nonfiction books on that subject, including VAMPIRE UNIVERSE, which came out from Citadel Press this past September. There are four more nonfiction books lined up from Citadel. I tour and lecture on folklore quite a bit.
The action in the story is drawn largely from personal experience. Iâ€™ve been practicing and teaching jujutsu for 43 years and have written extensively on the subject. Iâ€™m a former entertainment industry bodyguard and own a business where I teach worst-case-scenario arrest techniques to police and SWAT.
Thereâ€™s more on the books at www.ghostroadblues.com and www.jonathanmaberry.com
If you have any other questions, let me know.