Hey, friends. Been awhile since I’ve posted, but then again, well, you know. Your lives are crazy too. Speaking of crazy (what an awful segue!), we are now in Williamsburg, Virginia for one of our favorite events of the year: the Scares That Care Weekend Convention. You can read all about it here. What you […]Read more "Scares That Care III"
Inspired by my friend and one of my favorite writers Brian Keene, I thought I should also write a post about who I am and where to start with my work if you’re not familiar with it. Jonathan Janz is the pen name for a husband/father, teacher, and author (in that order) who lives […]Read more "My Name Is Jonathan Janz, and I’m a Horror Writer"
If you didn’t listen to Brian Keene’s THE HORROR SHOW on Thursday night, you missed a doozy of an episode. Not only did Brian and Dave discuss THE FORCE AWAKENS, BONE TOMAHAWK, and a good many other diverse subjects, but Brian also revealed his Top Ten Books of 2015. Clocking in at #9? I’m hard-pressed to name […]Read more "Brian Keene on Yours Truly: “The Best of His Generation”"
I am pleased and proud and delighted to announce that I have signed an eleven-book limited edition deal with the amazing Thunderstorm Books. If you’re not familiar with Thunderstorm, they’re the creator of some of the most gorgeous, unique, collectible limited editions in the book business (see the pictures below for samples of their wonderful […]Read more "Eleven-Book Deal with Thunderstorm Books"
Hey, friends. How’s that for a straightforward title? I considered typing the entire text of this post in the title, but I figured that’d be pushing it. So first, here’s Horrornews.net’s fantastic review of THE NIGHTMARE GIRL. My favorite part? “The Nightmare Girl is a fantastic novel that I can’t recommend highly enough. There’s a […]Read more "Horrornews Takes on THE NIGHTMARE GIRL and Ginger Nuts of Horror Honors Richard Laymon"
Bryan Smith is one of my favorite writers working today. He sells a lot of books, but more importantly (to me, at least), he writes really, really well. His prose moves, he knows how to surprise without cheating, and he maintains his narrative energy from the beginning of a story to the end. I was […]Read more "Bryan Smith Kills Again: An Interview about STRANGE WAYS and Other Stories"
Yo. Comin’ atcha from da crib straight up gangsta— I can’t do it. What I can do is talk about two individuals I met at the recent Scares That Care convention in Williamsburg, Virginia: Bryan Smith and Tom Monteleone. When I saw I’d be sharing a table with Bryan, I had two simultaneous reactions. My […]Read more "Scares That Care, Part Three: Bryan Smith and Tom Monteleone"
Guts and honesty. Those are Bryan Smith’s main writing tools. I see reviews from time to time that wail and remonstrate about sex, profanity, and violence in a book, and if those put you off, by all means avoid this one. Because the sex, profanity, and violence are there, and Smith doesn’t apologize for them. […]Read more "Bryan Smith’s KAYLA AND THE DEVIL"
Howdy, friends and countrymen and women and out-of-countrymen, and why did women have to come third? Have I just exhibited blind adherence to an outmoded syntactical tradition or unintentionally perpetuated a symptom of patriarchal oppression? I don’t know. What I do know is I think women are awesome, and if my manner of address came […]Read more "Scares That Care Weekend"