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.
Social Media Links –
Website – www.jonathanjanz.com
Twitter – @JonathanJanz
Publisher – @Flame Tree Press
Pages – 288
The Blurb –
The old house waited. For years there had been rumours that the owner, Lilith Martin, had been part of an unholy cult. People spoke of blasphemous rituals, black rites filled with blood, sex…and sacrifices. Then Lilith died and the house sat empty. Until now.
Lilith s nephew, Chris, and his wife, Ellie, are moving in. Ellie isn’t happy about living in such a dark, foreboding place, but she wants to get pregnant and this house has a lot more room to raise a baby than their apartment. Unfortunately, she and Chris will soon learn that Lilith has other plans.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Today is my stop on The Darkest Lullaby blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.
This book follows Chris and his wife Ellie, who inherit his aunt’s house. Most people would be thrilled but the house isn’t what they expect and Ellie is reluctant to live in such a dark place. The house also comes with a wealth of history, there are stories upon stories about what his aunt got up to.
As with all his book’s Jonathan Janz manages to convey a sinister atmosphere, especially when talking about the house and the grounds. The forest whilst a thing of beauty is also cast as a menacing character and it is a compliment to his writing that he can switch the most mundane items in to deadly ones.
A great atmospheric book that doesn’t disappoint, well written and intense.
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