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]

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, PA 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]


  • 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)[7] (Book 2 of The Passage Trilogy)
  • The City of Mirrors (2016)[8] (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. ^ "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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