Howdy, all! The title of this post is a little misleading because the trope (you could also call it a theme in this circumstance) I’m about to talk about occurs in many non-zombie horror novels. However, I associate it with zombies because, well, they’re everywhere, and some of the best examples of what I’m talking […]Read more "CASTLE OF SORROWS: Using a Zombie Trope in a Non-Zombie Novel"
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Jonathan Janz is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. If you’ve never read his books, you might assume the mind behind the man is as unassuming as a Norman Rockwell painting. Thankfully, you’d be wrong. Dead wrong. This is a man who knows how to spin a twisted,…
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Courtesy: Samhain Publishing Jonathan Janz has a way with words (sometimes requiring me to grab a dictionary), but that’s okay! His story, Dust Devils, set in New Mexico in the 1880s, chronicles the journey of Cody, a vengeful young man whose wife is slaughtered by a troupe of vampires masquerading…
One of the coolest things for a writer is waking up to a great review. Well, here’s a WONDERFUL review from my good friend Erin Al-Mehairi at her awesome Oh, for the Hook of a Book blog. If you haven’t “followed” it yet, you need to. There’s consistently great quality there, and Erin examines a […]Read more "Octane Loaded Second Review of Jonathan Janz’s Vampire Western, Dust Devils! Plus an Interview (Squeal All You’d Like)!"
Okay, friends. It has been a long wait—for me, at least—but my new vampire western (DUST DEVILS) is about ready to release. You can order the paperback now and have it by the weekend, or at midnight tonight you can download the digital version for your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other reading device. Man, that […]Read more "The DUST DEVILS Arrive at Midnight!"
Hey, friends. It has been a fun day at the Janz Ranch. Sledding. Snowman building. Charades playing. Pizza eating. Harry Potter reading. And, of course, editing my current work-in-progress, which I’m dying to tell you about but can’t yet because the contracts haven’t been signed… But alas. What I can talk about tonight before cozying […]Read more "“Janz lets fly with both barrels blazing”: Dreadful Tales Raves DUST DEVILS!"
This is one of my favorite books. It has its detractors, and of course, your mileage might vary, but here are a few quick observations about Cormac McCarthy‘s brilliant The Road. 1. This book made me cry. You’ve heard of the iceberg technique of storytelling? The one Hemingway championed? This book is the textbook example […]Read more "Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD"
My wife and I’ve had the following conversation about a dozen times since I started this blog: Wife: Why don’t you ever post about writing? Me: I do. I talk about The Sorrows, House of Skin, The Darkest— Wife: That’s not what I mean. I mean writing. I mean how to write and how to […]Read more "A Decision about Giving Writing Advice"