“This newest book, The Siren and the Specter rests in the sweet spot of horror. It expertly blends together a few sub-genres within the horror umbrella. Speaking for myself, I can tell you that Jonathan Janz’s storytelling hits on everything I’m looking for in a favorite horror read. I want to be impressed by the writing and Janz makes me feel at home with his accessible, fluid narrative. I want the story to engage me and surprise me–horror is full of familiar plot tropes but Janz always brings something original to the table. The story must deliver-I read horror to be scared, to feel my heart race and to get that thrill. If a book presents itself as a horror story but it lacks teeth when it bites, what’s the point? This book checks all the boxes. It’s everything fans want which proves that Janz is writing in full stride at this point.” – Sadie Hartmann, SCREAM Magazine
“Best-selling author Roderick Wells hosts ten aspiring authors at a writers’ retreat. Everyone has secrets and their host may be a madman. Janz uses a well-mined genre trope to craft something unique and gloriously twisted.”- Library Journal
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Praise for THE SORROWS:
“Jonathan Janz makes an impressive debut with The Sorrows, a gruesome confection that blends beloved elements of B-movies and pulp novels in a wickedly fun read. Reviews of the book, which came out in December of 2011 from Samhain Publishing, have drawn comparisons to Richard Laymon, comparisons which proved to be dead-on.” —Blu Gilliand, FEARnet
“By the end the island is in complete turmoil, with characters scrambling through deserted towers and dark forests, hiding from human monsters and inhuman creatures. Deaths pile up, but every death counts, and that’s an important thing that helps separate The Sorrows from so many other books with HORROR stamped on the spine.” —Blue Gilliand, FEARnet
“The Sorrows is a splendid, creepy read, and a good start to what I hope is a long and fruitful career for Mr. Janz.” —John Jason, Literal Remains
“Not only can you draw strong parallels to the Dreadful Tales God ‘O Literature, Laymon, the violent eroticism is also reminiscent of Richard Matheson’s Hell House, which surely by no coincidence gets a passing mention.” —Meli Hooker, Dreadful Tales
“While The Sorrows is often romantic in tone, you’ll hardly have time to coo over the scenery while you hold your lover’s hand because Janz will disrupt any tender moment with horrifying mayhem. Every soft reprieve is destroyed by a shocking assault. And for this reader, there is no better drug. Janz is a little trickster, perhaps not intentionally, in setting up the reader for a ghostly supernatural yarn when The Sorrows is really a vicious, sexy beast of a novel.” —Meli Hooker, Dreadful Tales
“Jonathan Janz is a skilled Writer, his characters are well-crafted and believable, and for a first novel, The Sorrows is pretty damned impressive.” —Dan Reilly, Horrorworld
“The Sorrows is a brilliant mix of Gothic Horror, music and first class scares.” —Jim McLeod, Ginger Nuts of Horror
“The Sorrows was well thought out and plotted, written wonderfully, has great characters that are believable and interesting, is sexy in the right places and gruesome where it counts without taking things so far as to make them silly.” —Chris Hedges, Owner of The Crypt
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Rave reviews for HOUSE OF SKIN:
“A chilling and creepy tale of the first order….Jonathan Janz knows what frightens you.”
—Ronald Malfi, author of Floating Staircase
“Janz can write and I do not think it is any coincidence that Stephen King came repeatedly to mind along the way. First it was the depth and flow of 11/22/63 and then family drama and thrill of Rose Red. It’s deep without being tedious and unnecessary and it has a great rhythm throughout. It develops gradually and becomes more and more intense and creepy page by page. Beautiful!” —Daniel Henriksen, TRAUMA MAGAZINE
“The author of The Sorrows revives one of horror’s most beloved motifs—the haunted house—to good effect in a tale of star-crossed lovers in thrall to a ruthless ghost. VERDICT: Reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story, this should please readers who appreciate a good haunting.” —The Library Journal
“Yes, horror novels can be sexy, especially when they’re crafted by an author at the top of his game. House of Skin is a dark ride down the into the depths of the corrupted souls that have lived in the Watermere estate. Intrigue and the ghosts of dirty deeds abound in one of the most gripping stories I’ve read all year. Who or what was Myles Carver and his deliciously deviant wife Annabel? And what has Paul Myles gotten himself into as he claims his inheritance on the haunted estate with a past so dark, the entire town fears it? Jonathan Janz scores again with another creepy tale of lust, murder and the supernatural. This is horror at its finest!”
—Hunter Shea, Author of Forest of Shadows
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5 thoughts on “Reviews”
Hey Jonathan, I recommened your book to one of my readers and they loved it! Any readers who want to read my interview with Jonathan and see some more praise for a damn good guy and writer, can pop on over to http://huntershea.com/2012/01/11/interview-with-author-jonathan-janz/
The Sorrows is the real deal. I even have my readers going out to get the book, and loving it! For anyone who wants to read my interview with The Man We Call Janz, come on over to http://huntershea.com/2012/01/11/interview-with-author-jonathan-janz/
You’re the man, Hunter. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. I read Ginger’s comment on your blog earlier today and really appreciated it. I hope my readers come your way, as well. Any of you listening? You try Forest of Shadows, and you won’t be disappointed: http://www.amazon.com/Forest-of-Shadows-ebook/dp/B005NC1QV2/ref=pd_sim_kstore_5?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
You might, however, be sleepless.
I just listened to Children of the Dark and I really liked it, is there a second book?
I’m so sorry about the delayed response. There WILL be a second book. It’s all done and will hopefully be published in 2022. Thanks for reading COTD, Carmen!