More Raves for THE NIGHTMARE GIRL and HorrorHound Weekend Approaches

Mornin’, all! Your old friend JJ here, comin’ atcha from my crib. One daughter’s in pre-school at the moment; my wife and son are on a mini-date (I lost any gangsta vibe with the semi-colon, didn’t I?). I’m getting ready to take my middle child (also a super incredible daughter) to my favorite bookstore, a joint called Von’s (on the campus of Purdue University). It’s surreal to walk into Von’s and find my books on an end cap display. It’s also gratifying. I used to frequent Von’s as an undergrad and dream of having my books for sale there. And now they are. So while I stop contorting my arm and distressing my rotator cuff whilst patting myself on the back, now might be a good time to mention that the awesome Tony Tremblay at Horrorworld wrote a fabulous review of THE NIGHTMARE GIRL last week. Here’s one of my favorite parts: “The characterization in the novel is to put it simply, superb. Janz goes beyond making us care about what happens to Joe, his wife, and the policeman Joe befriends…he has us actively rooting for them when the (bleep) goes down.” horrorworld As if this weren’t enough, a brand-new Pod of Horror podcast was just released (which is always cause for celebration), and as well as talking to the talented Ronald Kelly, host Mark Justice also reviewed THE NIGHTMARE GIRL. Here’s one highlight from his outstanding review: “And when the horror arrives, it shakes the rafters.”

Pod of Horror

Pod of Horror

The rest of the podcast is here, and my book is reviewed at around the fifty-one minute mark.

Joe Crawford and the Fire Cult

Joe Crawford and the Fire Cult

More good news… Each year I attend two HorrorHound Weekends: the one in Indianapolis in September and the one in Cincinnati in March. And if I’m not mistaken, it’s March, and HorrorHound Weekend is coming up in only two freaking days! If you’ve never been to one, you need to come. I’ll be signing books and meeting fans, but if that’s not enough for you, a good many cast members from THE WALKING DEAD will be there (including Mr. Norman Reedus), and too many other celebs to mention will be hanging out with fans as well. So come. You won’t regret it. HHW315-NormanReedus

Brian Keene Names DUST DEVILS the Fifth-Best Book of 2014

A confession: I love lists.

When I was an adolescent, one of the few books I would actually read (and read and read and read) was THE BOOK OF LISTS. I eventually branched out to THE BOOK OF LISTS TWO, which only fed the list-crazy beast inside of me. I never checked out THE BOOK OF LISTS THREE because by that time I’d discovered Stephen King, and reading about the seventeen worst air disasters in Bolivian history couldn’t quite compare to Carrie White, Jack Torrance, and Randall Flagg.

You Had Me at "Here's"

You Had Me at “Here’s”

But I still love lists and often make them myself. So when folks make lists of horror novels and stories, I tend to perk up doubly. And when one of my favorite horror authors creates a best books of the year list, I sit up rigidly and hungrily examine my laptop screen.

If you’ve frequented this blog at all, you know how much I love the books of Brian Keene. He’s an influence on my work, a friend, and someone whose opinion I value a great deal. Which all leads me to Thursday night’s episode of his new podcast THE HORROR SHOW. If you’re not listening to it yet, you need to jump on board. Brian Keene and Dave Thomas have begun something very special, and the show is already clicking despite being so new.

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On Thursday night’s show (Episode 005, available here), Brian unveiled his Top Ten Books of 2014. On the list were many notable and awesome names, and clocking in at number five (right before Stephen King’s MR. MERCEDES snagged the number four slot) was my vampire western DUST DEVILS. Which pleased me greatly. And if you haven’t checked out DUST DEVILS yet, you can right now for only 99 cents.

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Not only did Brian say very positive things about DUST DEVILS, but he was also kind enough to mention my wife and kids as well. And they in turn smiled from ear-to-ear. If you want to listen to that portion of the show, it happens at around the 12:30 mark.

That’s all for tonight. A big thanks to Brian for reading and saying such positive things about my novel, and thanks to Brian and Dave for producing such an excellent show.

A Wild Vampire Western

A Wild Vampire Western

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to editing WOLF LAND, about which you’ll be hearing quite a bit soon.

Snow Falls in Indiana; THE NIGHTMARE GIRL Arrives at Your House

I don’t think I’ve ever used a semi-colon in a blog post title, and you know what? It felt good. Darn good. Liberating. A gleeful punctuational rebellion aimed at the new establishment’s anti-semi-colon prejudice. THEY CAN’T KEEP US DOWN!!!!

*blinks, glances around*

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, what I’d like to get into YOUR system is—

That sounded creepy, didn’t it? Like, really creepy. As in, you’re picturing me in an open-throated, open-chested white silk shirt with tufts of bushy chest hair and some tinted shades leering at you like an extra in Boogie Nights. Or maybe it didn’t get creepy until that last line.

At any rate, THE NIGHTMARE GIRL drops at midnight, and friends, I really want you to check out this story.

I’ll talk more about it soon, but for now, here’s the gorgeous cover:

Joe Crawford and the Fire Cult

Joe Crawford and the Fire Cult

And here’s the link where you can buy it for only $3.85 (digital) or $11.20 (paperback). Or just get it anywhere else books are sold. They should have it. If they don’t, demand that they stock it, and if they refuse, they’re probably the same zealots who oppose the semi-colon.

Have a good night. I’ll be practicing my semi-colons and grooming my chest hair.*

*I don’t actually have chest hair. NOW I’ve freaked you out!

THE NIGHTMARE GIRL Arrives on Tuesday!

Hey, friends. Short and sweet tonight.

I have a new novel coming on Tuesday, and it’s getting rave reviews. In fact, despite the fact that it’s not out yet, it was already named the third-best novel of 2014 over at Horror After Dark.

The cover:

Fiery Terror

Fiery Terror

The plot:

Playing with fire has never been more dangerous.

When family man Joe Crawford confronts a young mother abusing her toddler, he has no idea of the chain reaction he’s setting in motion. How could he suspect the young mother is part of an ancient fire cult, a sinister group of killers that will destroy anyone who threatens one of its members? When the little boy is placed in a foster home, the fanatics begin their mission of terror.

Soon the cult leaders will summon their deadliest hunters—and a ferocious supernatural evil—to make Joe pay for what he’s done. They want Joe’s blood and the blood of his family. And they want their child back.

And the glorious full-page back-cover ad in Famous Monsters of Filmland:

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Friends, some are saying this is my best novel yet (it’s number eight, for those of you keeping track).

I hope you read it. I hope you care about the characters. I hope it scares you. I hope you root for the good guys and detest the bad guys.

At any rate, it’s almost here…

One Week until the Nightmare…and Loads of Other News!

Hey, friends. Daughters are in the bathtub. Son is styling his post-shower hair like Wolverine. Wife is folding laundry.

I be bloggin’.

Fiery Terror

Fiery Terror

And getting excited about THE NIGHTMARE GIRL, which is hurtling toward you next week. Some are calling it my best novel yet, and I can’t wait for you all to read it. Add to that the fact that the book is discounted to only $3.85 at the Samhain Horror website or $11.20 if you’re a paperback kind of reader, and I’d say the time is right to check this one out. Here’s the synopsis:

Playing with fire has never been more dangerous. 

When family man Joe Crawford confronts a young mother abusing her toddler, he has no idea of the chain reaction he’s setting in motion. How could he suspect the young mother is part of an ancient fire cult, a sinister group of killers that will destroy anyone who threatens one of its members? When the little boy is placed in a foster home, the fanatics begin their mission of terror.

Soon the cult leaders will summon their deadliest hunters—and a ferocious supernatural evil—to make Joe pay for what he’s done. They want Joe’s blood and the blood of his family. And they want their child back. 

There’s also a new interview with me at the awesome Wag the Fox book blog. And tons of amazing reviews of my work at Goodreads. And a killer deal still going on for three of my most popular books.

For 99 cents you can still grab EXORCIST ROAD, SAVAGE SPECIES, and DUST DEVILS.

Mayhem

Mayhem

Gotta go now. The girls are beginning to prune. My son is ready to fight crime. And the wife…well, she’s probably petting our puppy. I better join them.

Peace.

New Book Trailer! Here comes THE NIGHTMARE GIRL…

Samhain Publishing and its horror imprint Samhain Horror have been extremely good to me. The other day, they surprised me with the news that they had created their first-ever book trailer, and it happened to be for my upcoming release. I absolutely love it and hope you do too. So, courtesy of all the amazing people at Samhain, here is THE NIGHTMARE GIRL book trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJWXIzVh8f0

Coming in January

Coming in January

Wasn’t that fabulous? You can preorder THE NIGHTMARE GIRL now or wait until it drops on January 6th. Either way, I hope you check it out. I’m very, very proud of it and can’t wait for folks to read it. Oh, and if you haven’t yet, why not pick up my three 99-cent ebooks (for a limited time)? You can get EXORCIST ROAD, DUST DEVILS, and SAVAGE SPECIES for dirt cheap now!

Have a great day, friends.

Jack Ketchum Calls DUST DEVILS a “Rousing-good weird western!”

Hey, all! I hope Thanksgiving treated you well, and I hope you treated your families well. Not that I think you wouldn’t or anything, but I think we sometimes reserve our best behavior for strangers because their opinions of us are unformed. Those who’re already close to us, well, they already know the chinks in our armor, so why worry too much about our behavior around them? In a way, that’s okay. It’s nice to feel comfortable around others. On the other hand, that familiarity can lead to taking people for granted, or even worse, to not making the effort to make them feel special. Like right now. I need to get off the stinkin’ Internet and hang out with my wife.

So let’s get right to the point: Jack Ketchum is one of my favorite writers of all time. He’s one of the best authors, regardless of genre, to pick up a pen or a keyboard. He read my vampire western DUST DEVILS and then tweeted about it, calling it a “Rousing-good weird western.”

A Wild Vampire Western

A Wild Vampire Western

Just so you have some perspective on how excited this made me, here’s part of my bio (a section of my bio I wrote five years ago):

“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.”

The Man.

The Man

That’s all for now, friends. I hope your November ends wonderfully, and I hope your December gets off to a happy start. And I hope you buy DUST DEVILS and leave an awesome review from wherever you bought it.

Talk to you later this week…

Thanksgiving/Black Friday Sale!

Hey, all. Hope you all are enjoying a feast today. We feasted, though we’re not descending into complete gluttony until tomorrow. I’ll also be hanging Christmas lights on the uppermost peak of our house, so if you hear a loud thud at some point in the midmorning, you might send a good thought my way.

To celebrate Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the Samhain Horror store has discounted every single one of its titles, which means you can get novels like THE SORROWS, DUST DEVILS, and THE DARKEST LULLABY for three bucks and change. My new novella EXORCIST ROAD is only $3.15. Even my longer books like SAVAGE SPECIES, CASTLE OF SORROWS, and HOUSE OF SKIN are marked down to $4.55. Check out the great deals here!

The Beast Returns

The Beast Returns

And have a fantastic Thanksgiving, friends!

Tons of Post-Halloween News!

Let’s get something straight. I’m not a big exclamation mark guy. But in several of my recent blog posts, I’ve been using exclamations. I’m not proud of this. Nor do I condone the overuse of this type of punctuation. Please believe me when I say I’m aware of the problem. And working on it. But these things take time.

Now, onto the good news!

1. SAVAGE SPECIES is now available on Audible.com. This one is narrated by Randy Hames, who has narrated some of Richard Laymon’s novels. Randy is unbelievably good at what he does, and I think you’ll really enjoy his version of my book.

Listen to the terror...

Listen to the terror…

2. I was interviewed at the awesome Gal in the Blue Mask blog on Halloween. You can read it right here.

3. BLOODSHOT: KINGDOM OF SHADOWS is still only $1.99 on Amazon. Download it to your Kindle here.

Ready to explode onto your Kindle

Ready to explode onto your Kindle

4. EXORCIST ROAD continues to draw rave reviews. Here’s one of them.

 Windy City Horror

Windy City Horror

5. THE NIGHTMARE GIRL and EXORCIST ROAD are both available on NetGalley, which makes it easier for many of you reviewers out there to check them out. THE NIGHTMARE GIRL, by the way, releases in January and continues to receive extremely positive advance notices.

Coming in January

Coming in January

6. I received an incredibly cool fan gift the other day. It’s pictured below.

Book Covers in Bracelet Form

Book Covers in Bracelet Form

7. Check this blog next week for more cool things, including an interview with Kristopher Rufty, a good friend and a great writer.

Have a great weekend, friends!

What Do Hunter Shea and Kristopher Rufty Have in Common?

So other than the fact that both Hunter Shea and Kristopher Rufty are my friends, what do they have in common?

They’re both fantastic writers?

Yep, that’s true.

They were part of the big Samhain Horror launch back in the fall of 2011 and have become two of the imprint’s most popular authors?

Okay, that’s also true.

They’re both fine Americans, fans of Neo-Dada art, and have never been in my kitchen?

*heaves sigh* Okay, those things are all true, too. At least I’m pretty sure they’ve never been in my kitchen. But I know for a FACT that Hunter and Kristopher are such fanatics for Neo-Dada that they made a pilgrimage to the Genpei Akasegawa exhibit in Brussels last spring.

Where Horror and Neo-Dada Collide

Where Horror and Neo-Dada Collide

But the OTHER thing they have in common—the thing I’m absolutely delighted about—is that they’re both big fans of my latest novella, the supernatural thriller EXORCIST ROAD. Hunter calls it “the best fiction book on possession since THE EXORCIST.” Kristopher said it was “the first book in years to give me genuine gooseflesh.”

A Demon and a Serial Killer

A Demon and a Serial Killer

And if that wasn’t cool enough, Kristopher was kind enough to interview me on his blog. You can find the whole gory affair right here. And Hunter included EXORCIST ROAD in his Horrortober reading list. He talks about my novella here.

That’s all for tonight. Talk to you soon, friends in art.