Pub Rants

J.D. Barker

J.D. Barker is the internationally best-selling author of FORSAKEN and THE FOURTH MONKEY, a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and winner of the New Apple Medalist Award. His work has been compared to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris. His latest novel, THE FIFTH TO DIE, released in July 2018 followed by DRACUL in the fall. His works have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Dayna, and daughter, Ember.

Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman is a New York Times-bestselling author and one of two singer/songwriters for the rock band The High Strung. His debut novel, Bird Box, is the inspiration for thie hit Netflix film of the same name. His other novels include Unbury Carol and Inspection. 


  1. Shares a birthday with Amelia Earhart
  2. Is the middle child
  3. At 12, got stung on the face by a jellyfish after father convinced him the ocean was safe
  4. The Twilight Zone: The Movie was the first horror film he saw
  5. Almost always writes as horror movie soundtracks play on the record player (The Howling, Poltergeist, and Zombi 2 are great, but Creepshow is best)
  6. Wrote/performs the theme song for Showtime’s Shameless (starring William H. Macy)
  7. Has only read two books twice: William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Stephen King’s The Shining
  8. Is a member of the Detroit Zoo
  9. Lives with his wife in Ferndale, Michigan