Jay Bonansinga

(Author - The Walking Dead; Pinkerton's War; Perfect Victim; The Killer's Game; The Sinking Of The Eastland)

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Jay Bonansinga


Jay Bonansinga is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two books, as well as an award winning screenwriter and filmmaker. His credits include the horrific mind bender SELF STORAGE (2016), which is the inaugural release of his new publishing company, Magnetik Ink; the acclaimed YA horror novel LUCID (2015); the Bram Stoker finalist THE BLACK MARIAH (1994); the International Thriller Writers Award finalist SHATTERED (2007); and the wildly popular WALKING DEAD novels. 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 film world, Jay’s spec screenplay, STASH (2009), was financed independently and became his directing debut, winning major film festival awards, including a Gold Remi at the Houston International WorldFest, a Best-of- Festival at the Iowa City Film Fest, and a Best Comedy Feature at the Queens International Film Festival. STASH went on to be distributed by Echelon Studios and premiered On-Demand in 5-million households through Comcast, Warner, Cox, and other major cable companies. In 2008, Jay optioned his book FROZEN to Indigo Haze Productions, Dennis Haysbert’s company, and adapted the book for the actor. Jay has also worked with Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Universal pictures, adapting his own dark thriller OBLIVION in 2001, as well as collaborating with George Romero in 1993, adapting his debut novel THE BLACK MARIAH for New Line Cinema. His 1997 novel, THE KILLER’S GAME, was optioned and developed by New Line, Paramount, and Intermedia. In 1990, Jay developed his own original screenplay, MANSLAYER, for August Entertainment and Freestone Pictures.

Jay’s 2004 non-fiction debut, THE SINKING OF THE EASTLAND, won the Certificate of Merit from the Illinois State Historical Society, and is currently the primary source for the acclaimed musical “EASTLAND” from the Tony award-winning Lookingglass Theater. Jay’s recent non-fiction work, PINKERTON’S WAR, out from Lyons Press in 2011, is a true historical thriller about the creator of the U.S. Secret Service. And Jay is currently hard at work writing the Woodbury quintet, a new series of original novels based on the universe of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic of survial horror, THE WALKING DEAD (the inspiration for the mega-hit AMC series of the same name). In 2014, Jay worked on the original story for the Scopely mobile video game, THE ROAD TO SURVIVAL, which recently hit number one on the Apple Bestselling Apps List. Jay is also a Visiting Professor at both Northwestern and DePaul universities where he teaches screenwriting. You can find Jay on-line at WWW.JAYBONANSINGA.COM