John Malone

Since John was a kid, his favorite movie has always been The Wizard of Oz. As he got older, he and his brother developed an affinity for the horror film genre, always looking for the next great thriller. Knowing of his love for both horror and Oz, John was introduced by his friend, Nicole Delgado, to the Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige, a dark Oz thriller he found absolutely amazing. After reading through the series, and intrigued by the backstory and characters used from the original stories, John went on to read the original fourteen books in the Oz series by L. Frank Baum. After noticing his increased interest in everything Oz related, Nicole, having already published a book, posed an unexpected question. If you could write a book, what would it be about? One immediate idea came to mind: John’s own dark and twisted version of the Wizard of Oz.

John has always enjoyed a good storyline filled with plot twists and surprises. Following in the footsteps of some of his favorite movies (Fight Club, Inception, Oculus, and Shutter island), shows (American Horror Story, Black Mirror, Breaking Bad, and Gotham), and video games (Bioshock, The Darkness, Half-Life, and Portal), John was inspired to create a story that would also keep within his idea of a perfect horror story: something dark, twisted, and completely unexpected. And as a fan of the villains from the Batman and Spiderman comics, John knew his story needed a villain that would keep the story interesting.

With the twisted story ready to be written, John and Nicole began collaboration to on their first book in a whole new dark Oz series. Out of respect for the original series, and being a huge proponent of keeping true to the originals, John created his ideal story, Oz Will Fall: The Royal Marriage. But as much as he stayed true the original, that didn’t stop him from breaking from the classics to bring is own dark aspects to the story every chance he could. After all, what fun is it to create the ultimate villain if you can’t break a few rules?