Hey, friends. Booklist is one of the most important review sites in America. And the March 15th issue will include a starred review of CHILDREN OF THE DARK with the following quotes: “This is the perfect book for those who love classic Stephen King. Think Stand by Me meets Something Wicked This Way Comes with […]Read more "Booklist Gives CHILDREN OF THE DARK a Starred Review!"
Ryan Cusick, writing for the popular iHorror entertainment site, took on my upcoming release CHILDREN OF THE DARK (March 15th!) and had this to say… “Janz not only loves his characters, he cares deeply about them and, in turn, the reader now cares. Children of the Dark is unlike anything I had read before, and […]Read more "iHorror: “The Book Haunts My Dreams, My Reality”"
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"
We’re not even halfway through January yet, friends, and the Horror Aficionados Goodreads Group Read for my new novel WOLF LAND has exploded. Check out this link to see the conversation, and I hope you consider joining in. The people in the group are awesome, and I like to think the source material is worth […]Read more "The Goodreads WOLF LAND Group Read!"
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”"
Hey, friends. Let’s get right to it. The reviews for WOLF LAND have been off-the-charts amazing, and I thought I’d share a new one tonight, this time courtesy of the Shotgun Logic review blog. One quick highlight: “When I think of werewolves from now on, I’ll be thinking of Jonathan Janz’ werewolves. His larger than life […]Read more "“The Best Werewolf Novel I’ve Ever Read”"
“Hello Cleveland! HELLO CLEVELAND!” The werewolf novel that’s unlike any werewolf novel is taking it on the road, folks. Or the cybersphere. Or wherever. But it’s coming. And it’s bloody. And it’s full of characters that are dear to me. The full schedule is available right here, courtesy of the excellent Hook of a Book […]Read more "WOLF LAND Goes on Tour!"
It’s here, friends, my new horror novel. WOLF LAND. You can purchase the book in ebook, paperback, or audio formats. Some quick facts for you: This is my darkest novel. That’s not to say it doesn’t have heart. It does. But it’s extremely bloody. Though I love the characters. Well, most of them. One in […]Read more "WOLF LAND Howls!"
There’s something particularly odd about hearing someone else read your work aloud. You know how it sounded when you read it aloud several times through, but hearing a different voice read it, the person having a different background and none of the baggage you bring to the table, is just plain surreal. The reader/actor doesn’t […]Read more "WOLF LAND Audio Sample (and Audiobook Cover Reveal)!"
Setting matters a lot to me and, I think, readers. A powerful sense of place is especially important in a story. If the reader feels like a part of the world on the page, it’s easier to get swept along with the characters and the plot. I tend to utilize physical touchstones, actual locations that mirror […]Read more "Future Novels, Settings, and a Word about SAVAGE SPECIES"