Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that explains everything. Acclaimed author Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.” The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.”

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Me, Brian Moreland, and John Everson

Samhain Horror published his novel of vampirism and human sacrifice The Darkest Lullaby in April and his serialized horror novel Savage Species this summer. Of Savage Species Publishers Weekly said, “Fans of old-school splatterpunk horror—Janz cites Richard Laymon as an influence, and it shows—will find much to relish.” His newest release, the superhero/action/horror/thriller Bloodshot: Kingdom of Shadows, is available now through Kindle Worlds.

His vampire western Dust Devils will be released in February, and his sequel to The Sorrows (Castle of Sorrows) will be published in July 2014. He has also written three novellas (The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories.

His primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Jonathan at You can also find him on Facebook, via @jonathanjanz on Twitter, or on his Goodreads and Amazon author pages.

Brian Moreland, Russell James, John Everson, Kristopher Rufty, and Me
Brian Moreland, Russell James, John Everson, Kristopher Rufty, and Me

One of Jonathan’s wishes is to someday get Stephen King, Peter Jackson, Jack Ketchum and Joe R. Lansdale together for an all-night zombie movie marathon. Of course, that can only happen if all four drop their restraining orders against him.


6 thoughts on “Bio

  1. you’re an awesome guy it was a blast chatting with you at Horrorhound Cincy Saturday, I am hopeful about the wonderful things you said about my writing and inspired me to get back in the saddle and finish my work, hope to be able to pass along my short I told you about for your opinion before I finish it up.

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    1. Hey, Steve. Sorry for the late response, but as you might have seen in my latest blog post, it has been a strange time lately. Having said that, I’m happy to hear you’re writing again. Regardless of whatever success or lack of success I have, I always try to remember how beneficial the act of writing is. It’s a great thing for the mind and the soul. Have a good one!


  2. I understand the lateness no matter what step (father/mother) means to you they were still there during your growth stage, you have strong feelings one way or another. As far as my writing success (or yours) I agree with the piece of mind you have during the process, I can’t expect much but we do this for our own reasons, I have so much to give I hope for something, even a nice side (paying) hobby would be nice, the daily struggle of professional writing is more than I care to take on right now, having heard about Brian Keene struggles and divorce because of it, is too much for me. Thanks for the great advice and insight from a published genius writer.



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