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.

 

 

Pod of Horror: “Janz is horror’s next big thing”

Happy weekend, friends! It’s lovely here in Indiana. No, really. And great news about one of my novels only makes the weekend lovelier.

Pod-of-Horror

One of my favorite podcasts is Mark Justice’s wonderful Pod of Horror. After naming my SAVAGE SPECIES one of the top three novels of 2013 (along with Stephen King’s JOYLAND and Bentley Little’s THE INFLUENCE), Mark decided to review my recently released novel CASTLE OF SORROWS in the brand-new installment of PoH (#71, just click “Download”). Here’s one highlight:

“Is it scary? Let me put it this way. Janz has been taking his horror steroids. He’s juicing on Richard Laymon and Jack Ketchum, with a hint of Edward Lee.”

And this…

“CASTLE OF SORROWS ups the ante for all future Janz novels. It’s his scariest and most disturbing, by far.”

And then my favorite part:

“Janz is horror’s next big thing.”

The Beast Returns

The Beast Returns

That’s all for now, folks. Next up, news about my just-released novella EXORCIST ROAD.

A Demon and a Serial Killer

A Demon and a Serial Killer

 

I Survived the Monster Men!

I’ve met a great many people since I started this writing gig, and Hunter Shea and Jack Campisi are two of the coolest ones. Hunter is an outstanding author you should already be reading, and Jack is a writer you’ll be reading in a few years. They host the show MONSTER MEN and were kind enough to invite me as a guest. The results, though terrifying, can be viewed right here.

monster men

In our interview we discuss my works, my struggles, my hopes and dreams. They got things out of me that have never been revealed before. So check it out, friends. You’ll never be same. Chances are, you’ll be emotionally scarred and irrevocably diminished in several fundamental ways. But you will be affected. That I guarantee.

And after you watch the carnage, why not check out my new novella EXORCIST ROAD? I’ve got a feeling you’ll enjoy it.

Or be scarred by it too.

A Demon and a Serial Killer

A Demon and a Serial Killer