“Jeremy is a pretty impressive dude.” 

—Peter Straub, New York Times Bestselling Author, A Dark Matter, Ghost Story 

Author JEREMY WAGNER has written lyrics to hundreds songs spanning several albums with his international death-metal band, BROKEN HOPE.  

Wagner has a following of rabid fans worldwide, yet aside from his music career, Wagner writes award-winning dark fiction novels and other works full time.

 Jeremy Wagner has been published in numerous periodicals and has also published various works of short fiction with major and independent publishers in the last decade such as: Riverdale Avenue Books/Afraid Books, Perseus Books, St. Martin’s PressBantamRavenous Books, and others. 

These published works include the best-selling debut novel, THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD, his award-winning/critically acclaimed novel, RABID HEART, the story, Romance Ain’t Dead, for the anthology, Hungry For Your Love (St. Martin’s Press), the story, The Creatures From Craigslist in the anthology, Fangbangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love (Ravenous Books), the seasonal bio tale, When I Scared Myself Out of Halloween (Shock Totem Books), his horror writing essay-exercise in the Now Write! edition of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (Bantam Books), the story, Pit Stop, in the anthology, A Tribute Anthology to Deadworld (Riverdale Avenue Books),  the story, Dead Half, in the anthology, Shopping List 3 (HellBound Books Publishing), and most recently, the story, Four Heads Are Better Than Two, in the anthology, Rope Burns (Death’s Head Press).

Wagner's novel, THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD,  peaked at #4 in Barnes & Noble’s TOP 10 "paperback" Bestseller List and peaked at #9 on B&N’s TOP 100 OVERALL BESTSELLER LIST in the first week of release. TAC also earned a HIRAM AWARD, a first-round ballot STOKER AWARD Nomination, and received critical acclaim in Publisher's Weekly and Rolling Stone magazine among many other worldwide publishing magazines, television, and popular culture entities.  

*RIVERDALE AVENUE BOOKS/AFRAID BOOKS re-released a fully revised and expanded edition of THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD in 2019 that also features new cover artwork and more. This new edition is available in Paperback, Hardcover (for the first time), eBook, and Audiobook.

Wagner’s new novel, RABID HEART was published in OCTOBER 2018 via the AFRAID imprint of RIVERDALE AVENUE BOOKS. RABID HEART has been nominated for a SPLATTERPUNK AWARD for  “BEST HORROR NOVEL,has received an INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS IPPY BRONZE MEDAL AWARD for both “BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR E-BOOK and for “BEST BOOK/AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEBSITE,” for www.jeremy-wagner.com (which was designed by Wagner’s close friends and digital strategist, TONY BOSCO), and received a 2019 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD as a Finalist for both “BEST HORROR NOVEL,” and “BEST OVERALL BOOK DESIGN.” 



"RABID HEART maintains a sharp, persistently moving narrative of the protagonist’s personal quandary and eventual flight. It’s immensely fun, and Rhonda Driscoll dishes out one-liners with panache…an endlessly entertaining zombie tale that checks off genre conventions with style." 

— Kirkus Reviews

“It’s fucking brilliant…fucking loving it. So fucking good.” 

—Brian Keene, bestselling author of The Rising and Return to Lost Level

"RABID HEART evokes a mix of Misfits lyrics and grainy VHS horror classics. 

The plot draws parallels to Cormac McCarthy's The Road..." 

— PW Author Spotlight

“(RABID HEART) The narrative is easily engaging and vivid. The characters are memorable and the fast-paced plot is well thought out. Overall, this zombie adventure is witty, thrilling and has heart.”
— Reader’s Favorite

"RABID HEART, feels like a crowning achievement, anchored by an inspiring, salt-of-the-earth female protagonist as it brings the heart and horror in equal measure."  

— Rue Morgue Magazine

"Zombies and the end of days don't stand a chance against true love. Jeremy Wagner's RABID HEART is good, clean apocalyptic fun." 

— Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger

"Just when you think you've heard every love story, along comes RABID HEART

My man Jeremy Wagner proves once again he's as much of a wild man with words as he is with his guitar. This book is sick and sweet, and I say that with respect!" 

— Peter Blauner, NY Times bestselling author of The Intruder and Sunrise Highway

9/10 REVIEW "RABID HEART is Wagner’s finest work to date. Exciting and near-addictive. 

A page-turner that avid horror aficionados will be drawn to with glee." 

— Dead Rhetoric Magazine

"RABID HEART is a next level opus that raises the stakes considerably — both in terms of emotional resonance and viscera-flinging brutality. 

And good goddamn, is it a white-knuckle thrill ride." 

— Decibel Magazine

"Wagner just has this innate ability to write about these real life topics and put them into a blender with horror, action, and suspense." 

— Metal Temple

“I like books best when I get a sense that the author really cares for their characters. RABID HEART is one of those books. If you'd enjoy a classic tale of boy meets girl, boy turns zombie, girl tries desperately to save boy, then RABID HEART is a book for you.” 

— L.T. Vargus, author of Beyond Good & Evil and Dead End Girl

“Another in a long line of zombie road trip tales, Wagner adds a romantic angle to keep things fresh among the putrefied undead.” 

— Nick Cato, author of Death Witch and Uptown Death Squad



"Wagner debuts THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD with a highly entertaining blend of breakneck pacing, a cast of over-the-top characters and memorable lines..."  

—Publishers Weekly  

“An evil Egyptologist. A scheming billionaire. A guitar maestro. They're all there in Jeremy Wagner's, THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD. This is pulp fiction at it's breeziest best.”  

—Rolling Stone  

“Wagner strikes a winning heavy-metal chord in this stunning story that foretells an End of Time beyond imagination. The author’s use of music as a backdrop and his development of fascinating characters make for interesting reading in this enthralling tale.” 

—RT Book Reviews 

THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD CHORD is a wild phantasmagoric thrill ride that will satisfy  lovers of the darkest fantasy fiction and the heaviest of metal."  

—Peter Blauner, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Intruder, Slipping Into Darkness, Proving Ground

THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD is a kickass novel!” 

—Jonathan Maberrry, New York Times Bestselling Author, Patient Zero and the Joe Ledger series

“Combining the world of heavy metal with malevolent supernatural forces Wagner has created quite a fantastic read...a riveting thriller that is sure to keep readers glued to the pages until the very end...The unique blending of ancient history, religion and heavy metal make this book unlike any others I have read....if you're a reader of horror or fiction novels or if you're a musician, then THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD will be right up your alley.  I know it kept me up turning pages into the wee hours of the morning.” 

—Pure Grain Audio.com 

THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD is a quick, enjoyable read full of action, violence, hell-spawned (and human) monsters and original variations of scenarios common to end-time thrillers.   

—Decibel Magazine 

“Jeremy Wagner is an up-and-coming voice in the realm of horror fiction.  His talent shines through this debut novel, and I can’t wait to see what his next offering will be.  A real page-turner, THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD strikes just the right note!” 

—Yasmine Galenorn, New York Times/USA Today Bestselling Author The Otherworld Series 


THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD is like THE DA VINCI CODE with a heavy-metal soundtrack!” 

—Katherine Turman, co-author of LOUDER THAN HELL: An Unflinching Oral History of Heavy Metal 

“Wagner combines a world of classic adventure and intrigue with a dash of rock'n'roll mystique for a unique take on the thriller format.” 

—Joel McIver, Author of JUSTICE FOR ALL: The Truth About Metallica

“Jeremy Wagner is the king of the new breed of horror! THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD strikes a low chord of death right through the reader’s frontal lobe.” 

—Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under  

(THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD) left vivid pictures in one’s mind...there could even be a movie made about The Armageddon Chord.  

—Valencia County News-Bulletin 

(THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD) storyline is so awesome, I’m not sure why it wasn’t an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Really. Joss Whedon is wherever he is in all his brilliance, wondering why he didn’t think of this plotline. It’s that good.  

—West of Mars 

Wagner makes the story lots of fun by taking it to the extreme.  


THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD is a fun and thrilling combination of heavy metal music and horror. Jeremy Wagner has written a great story...this is a book that is hard to put down. Wagner has hit the ground running with his debut novel. I can’t wait to see what he has in store next.  

—The Horror Fiction Review 

(Wagner) has pioneered the genre known as “heavy metal horror fiction” with this work, combining aspects of modern heavy metal added to a new take on the horror novel genre. Wagner has crafted an excellent, original story that no one has really ever tackled before...he has written a terrific story that will delight fans of metal and horror. This book is well written with even the ancillary characters fleshed out and giving exacting details. His experience writing horror gives him the breadth and depth to create a book that is very suspenseful, expertly detailed, well-paced and exciting. Metal fans will find the many nods and references to the real music business, the world of heavy metal music and guitars pleasing while big horror fans will love the well-crafted, unmitigated evil and gore elements. The cultural and historical facts were painstakingly researched; lending an air of authenticity to the book that rivals others in the genre. I’ll be excited to see what Wagner comes up with in his next attempt at this style.  

—Metal Army America 

THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD is a fun, fast-paced explosion of heavy metal, Egyptian mythology, and a good taste of the occult that makes for a very engaging read. If you enjoy apocalyptic tales and epic clashes between good and evil, then the plot of this book will definitely have you hooked.” 

—Metal Injection