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J. D. Barker

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Full Name: Jonathan Dylan Barker
Born: January 7, 1971
Lombard, Illinois, USA
Occupation: Writer
Nationality: American


J. D. Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author of suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural. His debut novel, Forsaken, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award in 2014.

Barker was born January 7, 1971 in Lombard, Illinois and spent the first fourteen years of his life in Crystal Lake, Illinois. At fourteen, Barker's family relocated to Englewood, Florida. He attended Lemon Bay High School and graduated in 1989. He enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where he later obtained a degree in business. While in college, a writing assignment found its way into the hands of Paul Gallotta of Circus Magazine. Gallotta reached out to Barker and asked him to join the staff of 25th Parallel (magazine) where he worked alongside the man who would later become Marilyn Manson. Assignments dropped him into the center of pop culture and by 1991 Barker branched out, interviewing celebrities for the likes of Seventeen, TeenBeat, and other national and local publications. In 1992, Barker syndicated a small newspaper column called Revealed which centered around the investigation of haunted places and supernatural occurrences. He began work as a ghost writer and book doctor, helping other authors for publication. Barker cites Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, and Neil Gaiman among his influences.

After reading Forsaken, Bram Stoker's family reached out to Barker and asked him to co-author a prequel to Dracula utilizing Bram's original notes and journals, much of which has never been made public. Barker's indie success drew the attention of traditional agents and publishers and in early 2016 his debut thriller, The Fourth Monkey sold in a series of pre-empts and auctions worldwide with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt set to publish in the U.S. and HarperCollins in the UK. The book has also sold for both film and television. In September 2017, Putnam purchased the publishing rights for Dracul in a five-house auction with additional publishers worldwide and Paramount Pictures optioned the film rights with Andy Muschetti set to direct.

Works in the WWEnd Database


 1. (2018)

 Shadow Cove Saga

 1. (2014)