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Thursday, February 4, 2016

House Of Skin by Jonathan Janz [4.5 stars]





From the Description
 
 
All it needs to live again is fresh blood!

Myles Carver is dead. But his estate, Watermere, lives on, waiting for a new Carver to move in. Myles’s wife, Annabel, is dead too, but she is also waiting, lying in her grave in the woods. For nearly half a century she was responsible for a nightmarish reign of terror, and she’s not prepared to stop now. She is hungry to live again…and her unsuspecting nephew, Paul, will be the key.



Julia Merrow has a secret almost as dark as Watermere’s. But when she and Paul fall in love they think their problems might be over. How can they know what Fateand Annabelhave in store for them? Who could imagine that what was once a moldering corpse in a forest grave is growing stronger every day, eager to take her rightful place amongst the horrors of Watermere?



House Of Skin is a super creepy tale of ghostly possesion that is sure to please. The setting is perfectly spooky and the characters are believable and for the most part sympathetic. I really felt bad for Paul and Julia as they struggle to escape the plans Annabel has for them. Annabel is terrifying and evil, the perfect villain for this haunting tale. The story starts off slowly but builds to an explosive ending that's not for the faint hearted. Fans of ghost stories like The Haunting of Hill House and Hell House will love this book. I highly recommend this 4.5 star read.




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About the Author



Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that explains everything. Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows  "the best horror novel of 2012." The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, "reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's  The Haunting of Hill House  and Peter Straub's  Ghost Story."

2013  saw the publication of  his novel of vampirism and demonic possession  The Darkest Lullaby, as well as his serialized horror novel  Savage Species.  Of  Savage Species,  Publishers Weekly said, "Fans of old-school splatterpunk horror--Janz cites Richard Laymon as an influence, and it shows--will find much to relish." Jonathan's Kindle Worlds novel  Bloodshot: Kingdom of Shadows  marked his first foray into the superhero/action genre.

Jack Ketchum called his vampire western  Dust Devils  a "Rousing-good weird western," and his sequel to  The Sorrows  (Castle of Sorrows) was selected one of 2014's top three novels by Pod of Horror. 2015 saw the release of  The Nightmare Girl, which prompted Pod of Horror to call Jonathan "Horror's Next Big Thing." His newest release is  Wolf Land,  which Publishers Weekly called "gruesome yet entertaining gorefest" with "an impressive and bloody climax."  He has also written four novellas (Exorcist Road, The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories.

His primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author's wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Jonathan at  http://jonathanjanz.com/. You can also find him on Facebook or Twitter.
 

 

 

 
Praise for Jonathan Janz

 

"One of the best writers in modern horror to come along in the last decade. Janz is one of my new favorites." –Brian Keene, best-selling author

 

"It’s the best of its kind I’ve read in years, such that I’d call it "The Quintessential Haunted House Novel." You’ve taken the old school traditions of the form which readers want and then have injected modern style, characters, and macabre, hard-edged mayhem into the guts of the story. THAT’S the way to do it, my friend!"-Author Edward Lee on HOUSE OF SKIN

 

"Jonathan Janz is one of the rare horror novelists who can touch your heart while chilling your spine. His work offers incisive characters, sharp dialogue, and more scares than a deserted graveyard after midnight. If you haven’t read his fiction, you’re missing out on one the best new voices in the genre." –Tim Waggoner

 

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



"Jonathan Janz is one of the rare horror novelists who can touch your heart while chilling your spine. His work offers incisive characters, sharp dialogue, and more scares than a deserted graveyard after midnight. If you haven’t read his fiction, you’re missing out on one the best new voices in the genre."
–Tim Waggoner, author