Chris Roberson is obsessed with superhero comics, pulp fiction, puppetry, animation, history, and science, and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Liberal Arts Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, 1992.
He has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award four times—twice for publishing, and once each for writing and editing—twice a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and three times for the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Short Form (winning in 2004 with his story “O One”).
He lives in Austin, Texas.
Described as ‘The Da Vinci Code' rewritten by the Coen Brothers’ how can you avoid this fantasy thriller? We suggest you don’t, but read an extract and see what you think for yourself.
After reopening a long-closed murder investigation, FBI agent Izzie Lefevre and police detective Patrick Tevake have uncovered a bizarre connection between a dangerous new drug on the streets of Recondito, California, and a series of mass murders and serial killings carried out around the coastal city going back at least one hundred years. Their discovery has unlocked a secret history of mystics and madmen who believed that Recondito is a special place, where it was possible to make contact with beings from other planes of existence, beings best described as demons. For generations there have been those who secretly dedicated themselves to protecting humanity against threats from beyond our world, but Izzie and Patrick realize that their investigation not only eliminated the last remaining defender, but they are now the only ones standing in the way of a full scale invasion.
A modern-day supernatural crime thriller set in a fictional west coast city, from the New York Times bestselling author and co-creator of the comic book-turned hit TV show iZombie. Izzie Lefevre was the newest investigator for the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit when she first came to Recondito, a coastal city that's been shrouded in mystery and legend for centuries. Local law enforcement had requested the Bureau's assistance in hunting a sword-wielding serial killer who'd left a dozen mutilated bodies in his wake. Patrick Tevake was a local homicide detective assigned to the taskforce, and together he and Izzie managed to track down and stop the killer before he claimed another victim. Five years later, Izzie and Patrick remain haunted by what the killer said before he fell in a hail of gunfire. Izzie's ancestors were ';mambos,' voodoo priestesses who claimed to communicate with the dead and protect the faithful from evil spirits. Patrick's Polynesian great uncle told stories of Recondito's supernatural menaces that lurk in flame and shadow. The killer's last words have brought up a past both Izzie and Patrick thought they'd long since left behind, and neither has been able to shake the feeling that their case was never completely solved. So when Patrick, now working with the vice squad to investigate a dangerous new street drug, discovers a connection between the street drug and the serial killer's victims, he realizes that their instincts were right: the threat is far from over. Reunited again, he and Izzie will discover that Recondito is a city of dark secrets, and their own pasts may be the key to unlocking them.
While responding to a devastating earthquake that ravaged South America, Doc Savage and company discover that not only was the disaster far from natural, but it appears linked to a menace that Doc faced sixty years before! As the investigation proceeds, Doc uncovers a vast conspiracy connecting his many closed cases, spread across the decades and involving doomsdays cults, the lost Mayan empire, cyber-terrorists, and World War II! Who is responsible... and will the Man of Bronze free himself from the center of this treacherous web?
Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze - raised from the cradle to be the pinnacle of mental and physical perfection, a true Renaissance Man of the Atomic Age! Accompanied by a hand-picked team of highly-specialized men and women, Clark Savage, Jr. travels the world, using science and sinews to right wrongs, aid the oppressed, and advance human civilization. But is the world ready to be saved? Developing treatments to prolong human life by decades, medically altering the behavior of criminals, and building a synchronized network to link all humanity... these are the advancements that Doc Savage's grand vision promises for Earth. And so, too, are they the targets of megalomaniacs, cultists, and power brokers the whole world over! The legendary man of action is back, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment's massive Doc Savage Omnibus, a complete collection of the eight-issue maxi-series by Chris Roberson (iZombie, Masks) and Bilquis Evely (The Shadow). As a bonus, the omnibus includes a world-trotting solo adventure of Doc Savage against the subversive Science Society, originally presented in the Doc Savage 2014 Annual by Shannon Eric Denton (Graveslinger) and Roberto Castro (Spider-Man), as well as a cover gallery featuring the talents of Alex Ross (Kingdom Come) and John Cassaday (Uncanny Avengers).
An epic fantasy in the tradition of Game of Thrones, Sovereign is set in a world which once knew gods, demons, and magic, and to which all three are returning. New York Times bestseller Chris Roberson joins artist Paul Maybury to tell the story of masked undertakers facing the undead with swords, of civil wars and cultures in collision, and of ancient threats emerging from the ashes of history to menace the future. Collects Sovereign #1-5, plus extras.
Without the aid of his agents, The Shadow attends to a globetrotting solo-mission that takes him from the concrete canyons of New York City, to the snowy wastes of Siberia, to the peaks of the Himalayas, to the steaming jungles of Guatemala. The goal: to at last learn the secrets behind the girasol! Then, when The Shadow returns to Manhattan, he finds the authorities are baffled by a rash of unexplainable deaths in Chinatown. But when the recently deceased begin to rise from their graves and plague the living, it is clear they are out of their league. Thankfully The Shadow is on hand and ready to stand against the Zombie Queen of Chinatown! Collects issues #19-25.
During the height of the Cold War, unknown forces scheme to heat up a global conflict. As key officials on both sides of the Iron Curtain are replaced with doppelgangers, the infiltration threatens to disrupt the precarious state of world affairs. The security of the Free World depends on a young secret agent, one assigned to shape the world's masked heroes into a force with singular purpose and unyielding resolve! Witness Operative 1001's transformation into the international secret agent and master of disguise, Captain Action... and his alliance with Green Hornet, Kato, Operator 5, Black Venus, American Crusader, Death Defying 'Devil, Fighting Yank, and The Spider!
The Shadow, the mysterious crime-fighter who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men, is on the hunt for a serial murderer in the darkened streets of New York. At each crime scene, eyewitnesses have spotted the spectral figure of a woman in white. But what is the connection between these killings and the shining, blade-wielding woman known only as The Light ? The Shadow must unravel the mystery before the killer strikes again!
The Swinging Sixties are back, and they're Stranger than ever! No one knows the Strange better than the Strangers. Michael, Verity, and Sandoval have seen it all - but there is always something even stranger waiting just around the corner. Mysterious temples, peculiar pop bands, and unidentified flying oddities are just a few of the things mystifying Absalom Quince and his team, sworn to protect the world from the Strange. This collection is perfect for longtime fans or for those not yet touched by the Strange! And a great addition to anyone's secret-passageway-concealing bookcase!
Before Superheroes, there were Masks! The Shadow. The Green Hornet and Kato. The Spider. In 1938, these masked vigilantes operated outside the law, working independently to strike fear into the hearts of evildoers. But when the corrupt politicians of the Justice Party transform New York into a fascist state run by mobsters, when an oppressive regime grants jack-booted stormtroopers free rein to imprison, extort, and execute the innocent, when the law itself becomes unjust - justice must be served by outlaws! Outnumbered and outgunned, the legendary vigilantes emerge from the shadows to fight, joined by Zorro, the Green Lama, Miss Fury, Black Terror, and the Black Bat! Nine renowned pulp heroes, brought together for the first time in an epic conflict of Law vs. Justice!
* IDW Publishing and DC Comics are proud to present the greatest tale of the 23rd century! Or is that the 31st century? Eisner-nominated writer Chris Roberson and Star Trek and Legionnaires veteran artist Jeffrey Moy collaborate to bring you the most bizarre partnership of any century! The crew of the Starship: Enterprise and the Legion of Super-Heroes come face-to-face as they deal with a changed history and timeline that neither knows the cause of. Traveling to the past and the future to find answers, both teams must work together to set things right.
Told from a female zombie's perspective, I, Zombie is a smart, witty detective series with a mix of urban fantasy and romantic dramedy. Gwendolyn Gwen Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person until she eats the next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person's last request, solve a crime, or right a wrong. Once upon a time, Gwen's biggest concerns were finding a brain to snack on and worrying whether her boyfriend would find out she was a zombie. Now, with undead secret agents and monster hunters teaming up to stop a mad scientist from bringing about the end of the world, and her friends stuck right in the middle of it, Gwen has bigger problems on her hands. But can a girl help save the world without losing everything in the world she loves?
Humankind is spread across three thousand light years in a myriad of worlds and habitats known as the Human Entelechy. Linked by a network of wormholes with Earth at its center, it is the world Captain RJ Stone awakens to after a twelve-thousand-year cryogenic suspension. Stone soon finds himself commanding the maiden voyage of the first spacecraft to break the light speed barrier: the FTL Further. In search of extraterrestrial intelligence, the landing party explores a distant pulsar only to be taken prisoner by the bloodthirsty Iron Mass, a religious sect exiled from the Entelechy millennia before. Now Stone and his crew must escape while they try to solve the riddle of the planets network of stone towers that may be proof of the intelligence theyve come to find. The first in critically acclaimed author Chris Robersons scintillating new series, Further: Beyond the Threshold is a fascinating ride to the farthest reaches of the imagination.
In this collection of issues #13-17, Spot tumbles into a cemetery sinkhole full of hungry creatures, Gwen's monster hunter boyfriend might uncover her big secret, and The Dead Presidents arrive, intent on taking names in a city infested with skeeball fanatics, mad scientists and shambling zombies!
Written by CHRIS ROBERSON Art and cover by MICHAEL ALLRED In uVAMPIRE, Gwen Dylan dines on the grey matter of a person who knew her as a child - and things quickly get complicated. Meanwhile, ghost-girl Ellie learns a few tricks from Amon the mummy; Spot the were-terrier meets someone from Gwen's past, Galatea engages in some grave-robbing; and monster-hunters tackle the town's vampire problem. Collecting issues #6-12 of the Eisner Award-nominated series, plus a story from the HOUSE OF MYSTERY ANNUAL #2. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 *144 pg, FC, $14.99 US * MATURE READERS
Written by CHRIS ROBERSON Art and cover by MICHAEL ALLRED iZombie is flat out my favorite new title this year... The main cast is really fun and have solid voices, and the recurring set pieces give the series a welcoming feel, more like a favorite TV show than a typical monthly. -CBR/COMICS SHOULD BE GOOD The first five issues of this smart detective series that mixes urban fantasy and romantic dramedy is collected, with a story from the HOUSE OF MYSTERY HALLOWEEN ANNUAL #1. Gwendolyn Gwen Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her own memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person - until she eats her next brain. Gwen sets out to fulfill the dead person's last request, solve a crime or right a wrong. Our zombie girl detective is joined by her best friend, Eleanor, who happens to be a swinging '60s ghost, a posse of paintball-blasting vampires, a smitten were-dog and a hot but demented mummy. On sale MARCH 16 * 144 pg, FC
Told from a female zombie's perspective, IZOMBIE is a smart, witty detective series with a mix of urban fantasy and romantic dramedy. Gwendolyn Gwen Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person until she eats the next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person's last request, solve a crime, or right a wrong. The inspiration behind the hit CW series created by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) is now collected in its entirety for the first time ever in his oversized omnibus edition! This critically acclaimed series from Chris Roberson and Michael Allred is a can't miss for fans of the show and graphic novel lovers alike! Collects issues #1-28.
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