Author – Jonathan Janz.
Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, which 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” Since then Jonathan’s work has been lauded by writers like Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Tim Waggoner, Bryan Smith, and Ronald Kelly. Novels like The Nightmare Girl, Wolf Land, Savage Species, and Dust Devils prompted Thunderstorm Books to sign Jonathan to an eleven-book deal and to give him his own imprint, Jonathan Janz’s Shadow Side. His novel Children of the Dark received a starred review in Booklist and was chosen by their board as one of the Top Ten Horror Books of the Year (August 2015-September 2016). Children of the Dark will soon be translated into German and has been championed by the Library Journal, the School Library Journal, and Cemetery Dance. In early 2017, his novel Exorcist Falls was released to critical acclaim. Jonathan’s 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 Janz at http://www.jonathanjanz.com.
Social Media Links –
Twitter – @JonathanJanz
Publisher – Flame Tree Press
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
The Blurb –
Myles Carver is dead. 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.
Today is my stop on the House of Skin blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – I was so pleased to be able to review this book after reviewing another of Jonathan’s books The Dark Game. I loved that one and I loved this one too.
This one works through two stories that merge together, Paul has just inherited Watermere from his uncle. Seeing it as a way out of a life he hates, he just ups and leaves his old life and moves into the grand house. Unaware that the town despises his family.
Once he arrives, he discovers his lawyer has disappeared while dropping the keys off to his house, and his house makes strange noises.
The book switches from Paul’s story to that of his uncle and his time in the house with his wife Annabel.
What I loved about this book is the slow burns, as we get to know the characters and find out the secrets that the house holds. It truly is a horror and some of the scenes were very gruesome but its what I’d expect from a horror, I want to be scared and my imagination stretched, even that way!
Also in the book is a really interesting Q and A with Jonanthan Janz where he talks about his inspiration for the book and his influences for writing.
This is an excellent read and I look forward to reading all of Jonathan’s books.
Purchase Links – House of Skin