#93: Jay Bonansinga

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On Episode 93 of the Capes and Tights Podcast, Justin Soderberg welcomes Jay Bonansinga to the show to discuss his The Walking Dead series of novels.


In the world of fiction, Jay Bonansinga has established himself as a fixture in the genres of horror and suspense. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead novels (four volumes in collaboration with the creator of the franchise, Robert Kirkman, and four volumes as solo author). Bonansinga is also the author of fourteen original novels, including the Bram Stoker finalist The Black Mariah, the International Thriller Writers Award finalist Shattered, the acclaimed YA horror novel, Lucid, and Jay’s latest horror opus, Self Storage. Jay’s work has been translated into sixteen languages, and he has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the Chicago Tribune.


In the world of film, Bonansinga has worked as a screenwriter with George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead), Dennis Haysbert (24), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), and Will Smith’s Overbrook Productions. In 2009, Jay’s directorial debut, Stash, starring Tim Kazurinsky and Marilyn Chambers, won top honors at three separate independent film festivals, as well as premiering in 50 million households on-demand. Jay is a lifetime member the Writers Guild of America, and has optioned several original screenplays now in development as major motion pictures.


In the world of non-fiction, Jay’s 2004 historical narrative, The Sinking of Eastland, received national acclaim as well as the certificate of merit from the Illinois State Historical Society, ultimately becoming the source for the hit musical, Eastland, staged in Chicago by the Tony-award winning theater company, Lookingglass. Jay has also authored acclaimed books on Alan Pinkerton and the Las Vegas mob.

In other media, Jay has also created or co-created the stories for a number of video games in The Walking Dead universe, as well as directed several music videos that have received national airplay.


More recently Bonansinga has author Stan Lee’s The Devil’s Quintet: The Armageddon Code (February 2022) and Stan Lee’s The Devil’s Quintet: The Shadow Society which is coming May 9, 2023.


About Jay Bonansinga’s The Walking Dead Novels


In The Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.


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