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Jeremy Wagner
Jeremy Wagner
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JEREMY WAGNER (Novelist)

From 1990-2001, JEREMY WAGNER recorded five albums and toured throughout dozens of countries with his band, BROKEN HOPE.

In 2004, Wagner formed a new band, LUPARA. In 2007, Lupara recorded a debut album, toured worldwide, and has a video that premiered on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. The Lupara video featuring Wagner accumulated an amazing 25,000 views on YouTube within the first 2 weeks it was posted. Outside of writing music, Wagner has written lyrics to more than 70 published songs, dozens of short stories, five novels, and did spec-work for magazines.

Jeremy Wagner has written lyrics to numerous published songs spanning several albums with his band, BROKEN HOPE. And he writes horror fiction. Wagner’s published in RIP Magazine, Terrorizer, Metal Edge, Microhorror and various works of short fiction published through Perseus Books, St. Martin’s Press, Ravenous Romance, and other publishers.

Wagner’s published works include the best-selling debut novel, The Armageddon Chord, 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 Romance Publishing), the seasonal bio tale? When I Scared Myself Out of Halloween (Shock Totem Magazine), and his horror writing exercise,? NOW WRITE! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (Bantam Books).

In 2010, Wagner sold his novel, THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD. This thriller involves a guitarist who finds himself caught between the forces of good and evil. The Armageddon Chord was released on August 22nd, 2011 and became a Barnes & Noble Paperback Bestseller (#4) and Amazon.UK Paperback Bestseller (#66) in it's first week of release. The Armageddon Chord also earned a Hiram Award, a first-round ballot Stoker Award Nomination, and received critical acclaim in Decibel, Publisher's Weekly and Rolling Stone.

For more info on Jeremy Wagner, please visit:
www.brokenhope.com www.jeremy-wagner.com

PRAISE FOR JEREMY WAGNER’s THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD

"Wagner debuts with a highly entertaining blend...of heavy metal and hardcore horror...Electrified by 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.”
Ñ Rolling Stone

“THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD is like THEDA VINCI CODE with a heavy-metal soundtrack!”
Ñ Katherine Turman, co-author of LOUDER THAN HELL: An Unflinching Oral History of Heavy Metal

4-1/2 of 5 stars: “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.”
Ñ RT Book Reviews

“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.”
Ñ Decibel Magazine

“Jeremy is a pretty impressive dude.”
Ñ Peter Straub, New York Times Bestselling Author,
A Dark Matter, Ghost Story

“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!”
Ñ Yasmine Galenorn, New York Times/USA Today Bestselling Author The Otherworld Series

“THE ARMAGEDDON CHORDis a wild phantasmagoric thrill ride that will satisfy lovers of the darkest fantasy fiction and the heaviest of metal."
Ñ Peter Blauner, New York Times Bestselling Author The Intruder, Slipping Into Darkness
“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.”
Ñ 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.”
Ñ Chris Barnes, vocalist, Six Feet Under

“THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD left vivid pictures in one’s mind...there could even be a movie made about The Armageddon Chord.”
Ñ 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.”
Ñ West of Mars

“Wagner makes the story lots of fun by taking it to the extreme.”
Ñ Anti-music.com

“THE ARMAGEDDON CHORDi s a kickass novel!”
Ñ Jonathan Maberrry, New York Times Bestselling Author, Patient Zero

“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.”
Ñ 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. 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.”
Ñ Metal Army America

“The book 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.”
Ñ Metal Injection

JEREMY WAGNER: SHORT BIOGRAPHY

“Jeremy is a pretty impressive dude.?” — Peter Straub, New York Times Bestselling Author,
A Dark Matter, Ghost Story

Jeremy Wagner has written lyrics to numerous published songs spanning several albums with his band, BROKEN HOPE. And he writes horror fiction. Wagner’s published in RIP Magazine, Terrorizer, Metal Edge, Microhorror and various works of short fiction published through Perseus Books, St. Martin’s Press, Ravenous Romance, and other publishers.

Wagner’s published works include the best-selling debut novel, The Armageddon Chord, 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 Romance Publishing), the ?seasonal bio tale? When I Scared Myself Out of Halloween (Shock Totem Magazine), and his ?horror writing exercise,?Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (Bantam Books). Wagner's novel, The Armageddon Chord, earned a Hiram Award, a first-round ballot Stoker Award Nomination, and received critical acclaim in Decibel, Publisher's Weekly and Rolling Stone.

Wagner’s completed three, brand-new novels. Wagner’s currently writing a new BROKEN HOPE album. BH last released Omen of Disease? via Century Media Records.
www.brokenhope.com www.jeremy-wagner.com

BROKEN HOPE – BAND BIOGRAPHY 2015
Brought forth in 1988, BROKEN HOPE was the brainchild of guitarist/chief-lyricist-songwriter, Jeremy Wagner. Though Jeremy was still attending High School, his passion and drive for bringing the band out of obscurity was apparent from the start.

In 1989 and 1990, BROKEN HOPE recorded two demo tapes which landed them a deal with the underground label, Grind Core records. In 1991, BROKEN HOPE spewed forth their debut album, Swamped In Gore, which subsequently launched the band out of the underground and into the mainstream. Swamped In Gore was not only ahead of its time musically but it was also the first digitally-recorded death-metal album yet again showing the forward thinking of the then fledgling act.

By 1993, BROKEN HOPE broke away from their first record label and quickly was immediately approached by Metal Blade Records. BROKEN HOPE released four albums with Metal Blade Records: The Bowels of Repugnance, Repulsive Conception, Loathing, and the re-release of Swamped In Gore.

1995's Repulsive Conception, reached CMJ New Music Monthly's Metal Top 25 chart, as did the follow-up, 1997's Loathing. The first four albums are stellar examples of the fury and sheer brutality possessed by BROKEN HOPE, and is also the albums that etched BROKEN HOPE’s place in death-metal history. The first decade for the band was filled with non-stop writing, touring, and constant visibility with each album. BROKEN HOPE’s music has received praise from bands such as SLIPKNOT, DEVILDRIVER, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DYING FETUS and many more.

By the end of the 90’s, BROKEN HOPE produced and released their fifth album: 1999’s, Grotesque Blessings. After North American and European tours, BH founder, Wagner, cleaned house and put Broken Hope into metal hibernation? in 2002. In 2007, BROKEN HOPE’s original Loathing lineup sat down face-to-face to discuss reuniting and doing a world tour. Due to personal scheduling conflicts, the guys were unable to make anything happen after this special meeting.

On January 20, 2010, original BROKEN HOPE vocalist Joe Ptacek committed suicide. He was only 37 years old. Before his death, Ptacek met with Jeremy Wagner and Shaun Glass and discussed the resurrection of BROKEN HOPE. With Ptacek’s death, Wagner and Glass took time off to reconsider their next moves. In 2012, Jeremy Wagner resurrected BROKEN HOPE and vowed to make the band a full-time monster—forever.

BROKEN HOPE made their long awaited return to the realm of Death Metal on the highly successful Carnival of Death tour. BH’s high-intensity COD live offerings received top-praise, and confirmed that not only was BROKEN HOPE back, they were also more rabid than ever. The band went on to perform at the 2013 editions of Extremefest (Germany) and Maryland Death Fest to stellar reviews which leads us to a new chapter in the annals of BROKEN HOPE. In 2013, BROKEN HOPE put pen to paper and signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records.

Their sixth album, OMEN of DISEASE, released in October 2013 release. OMEN of DISEASE opened with a big first week, hitting #2 most-added at US radio, nearly breaking into the top 10 at CMJ, and with the track Womb Of Horrors? added as a Flavor Track at Music Choice. OMEN of DISEASE also dropped with nearly 1,100 copies sold in its first week of release. Omen Of Disease is available via Century Media Records – ORDER HERE: http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/Broken_Hope_-_Omen_Of_Disease_-CD+DVD-/46492

Trevor Strnad of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER makes a guest appearance on backing vocals for the track, Rendered Into Lard, and OMEN of DISEASE also features the artwork and return of BROKEN HOPE’s longtime and brilliant album cover artist, Wes Benscoter (SLAYER, KREATOR, MORTICIAN plus many more). BROKEN HOPE has supported OMEN of DISEASE with non-stop
touring over the last three years with tours including DEICIDE, IMMOLATION, OCEANO, and festival appearances at BRUTAL ASSAULT, NEUROTIC DEATHFEST, OBSCENE EXTREME, and more. BROKEN HOPE recently overhauled their lineup with the addition of Matt Szlachta (ex-CHIMAIRA) on lead-guitars, and bassist, Diego Soria (Disgorge).

BROKEN HOPE finished their FIRST-EVER ?HEADLINE? TOUR across EUROPE last April (2015) and appeared at the OBSCENE EXTREME CZECH and MONTREAL editions. In September, BROKEN HOPE released their first-ever Live Concert Blu-Ray DVD and Live Album package via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. Directed by Tommy Jones (SLAYER, LAMB of GOD, DEATH ANGEL), this Live Concert combo titled, LIVE DISEASE at BRUTAL ASSAULT, the Live Blu-Ray and CD capture BROKEN HOPE’s intense and bludgeoning headline set in front of 25,000 fans.
The Live CD hit #5 on CMJ’s LOUD ROCK/METAL charts the first week of release with DJ’s and reviewers collectively praising LIVE DISEASE as one of the greatest sounding Live CD’s and greatest visual Concert DVD’s in extreme metal.

BROKEN HOPE is almost finished with the recording of their 7th album which will see release from CENTURY MEDIA sometime in 2015.


years experience: 30 +

This writer is looking for an agent
SKILLS
Writing, Fiction writing
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
HORROR, DARK FICTION, THRILLER
MOST RECENT PROJECTS
THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD

Publisher: kRP Publishing (August 22, 2011)

ISBN: #978-098312776

*HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE: An Anthology of Zombie Romance

Story: "Romance Ain't Dead" by Jeremy Wagner

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 28, 2010)

ISBN-10: 0312650795

ISBN-13: 978-0312650797

*FANG BANGERS: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love

Story: "The Creatures From Craigslist" by Jeremy Wagner

Publisher: Ravenous Romance (August 3, 2010)

ISBN-10: 1607778882

ISBN-13: 978-1607778882

BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD

(August 22, 2011)

ISBN: #978-098312776

*FANG BANGERS: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love

Story: "The Creatures From Craigslist" by Jeremy Wagner

Publisher: Ravenous Romance (August 3, 2010)

ISBN-10: 1607778882

ISBN-13: 978-1607778882

*HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE: An Anthology of Zombie Romance

Story: "Romance Ain't Dead" by Jeremy Wagner

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 28, 2010)

ISBN-10: 0312650795

ISBN-13: 978-0312650797

BOOK: THE SEQUEL--FIRST LINES FROM THE CLASSICS OF THE FUTURE BY INVENTIVE IMPOSTERS Inventive Imposters

Flash-Story: “Jaws: Deep Constipation” by Jeremy Wagner

Flash-Story: “Catcher in the Rye; Reality Bites” by Jeremy Wagner

Publisher: Perseus Books (May 30, 2009)

ISBN-10: 0786747811

ISBN-13: 978-0786747818

RIP Magazine: “Danzig, Type O Negative” (review/article) by Jeremy Wagner (December 1994)

RIP Magazine: “Morbid Angel” (interview/feature) by Jeremy Wagner (May 1995)

Terrorizer Magazine: “Machine Head” (interview/feature) by Jeremy Wagner (May, 1995)

Metal Maniacs Magazine: “Death Metal” (feature/article) by Jeremy Wagner (Summer 1996)

ESP Guitars website: “Death Angel” (interview/feature) by Jeremy Wagner (Spring 2009)

Micro-Horror.com: “Daddy’s Infected” (short story) by Jeremy Wagner (June 2009)

Chronicles of Chaos: Jeremy’s own monthly column—“Grotesque Blessings”-- 2009-2010

Jeremy Wagner—Music—Published Lyrics and Albums:

Broken Hope: “Swamped In Gore” (1991)—Wagner’s lyrics published via Bug Music Publishing, Inc. Metal Blade Records

Broken Hope: “The Bowels of Repugnance” (1993) —Wagner’s lyrics published via Bug Music Publishing, Inc. Metal Blade Records

Broken Hope: “Repulsive Conception” (1995)—Wagner’s lyrics published via Bug Music Publishing, Inc. Metal Blade Records

Broken Hope: “Loathing” (1997)—Wagner’s lyrics published via Bug Music Publishing, Inc. Metal Blade Records

Broken Hope: “Grotesque Blessings” (1999)—Wagner’s lyrics published via Bug Music Publishing, Inc. Metal Blade Records

Lupara: “Lupara” (2006)—Wagner’s lyrics published via BMI Publishing, Inc. Crash Music, Inc.

*Lupara’s video for the track, “No Pity On the Ants,” was nominated for Best Metal Video on MTV Headbanger’s Ball in 2008.

*Over 70 Wagner-penned lyrics published worldwide via Bug Music Publishing, Inc.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Published novels, features for various music periodicals, have published over 70 lyrics via Bug Music Publishing (Hollywood, CA.) and published works of short-fiction and non-fiction.