Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin (born 1962) is an American author. He has written five novels: Mary and O'Neil and The Summer Guest, as well as a vampire trilogy consisting of The Passage, The Twelve and City of Mirrors. He has won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Stephen Crane Prize, and a Whiting Award.[1]

Justin Cronin
Cronin at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Cronin at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born1962 (age 57–58)
New England, United States
OccupationNovelist, English professor
GenreHorror, Science fiction

Born and raised in New England, Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He taught creative writing and was the "Author in-residence" at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1992 to 2003. He is a former professor of English at Rice University, and he lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas.[2]

In July 2007, Variety reported that Fox 2000 had bought the screen rights to Cronin's vampire trilogy.[3] The first book of the series, The Passage, was released in June 2010.[4] It garnered mainly favorable reviews.[5][6] The book has been adapted by Fox into a television series, with Cronin credited as a co-producer.[7]


  • A Short History of the Long Ball (1990)
  • Mary and O'Neil (2001) – Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and The Stephen Crane Prize from Book of the Month Club
  • The Summer Guest (2004)
  • The Passage (2010) (Book 1 of The Passage Trilogy)
  • The Twelve (2012)[8] (Book 2 of The Passage Trilogy)
  • The City of Mirrors (2016)[9] (Book 3 of The Passage Trilogy)


  1. ^ "Justin Cronin Author Bookshelf – Random House – Books – Audiobooks – Ebooks". Random House. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "About the Author « The Passage by Justin Cronin". Enterthepassage.com. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "Justin Cronin's Vampire Trilogy Sold to Hollywood for $1.75 Million?". New York Magazine. New York: New York Media LLC. July 7, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  4. ^ FRITZ LANHAM, Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle (July 18, 2007). "Houston novelist Justin Cronin sinks his teeth into deal – Houston Chronicle". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  5. ^ Maslin, Janet (June 6, 2010). "Life After Apocalypse in Justin Cronin's 'Passage'". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Flood, Alison (June 11, 2010). "The Passage: a post-apocalyptic vampire tale you can get your teeth into". The Guardian. London.
  7. ^ "Internet Movie Database page for Justin Cronin". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "Apocalypse Wow; With big buzz around his new novel and a movie deal under his belt, Justin Cronin is lit's latest (unlikely) celebrity | Afterword | Arts | National Post". Arts.nationalpost.com. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
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