Archive for January, 2016

I am a bit late with my 2015 as the first month of 2016 is rapidly coming to a close, but I still wanted to take a minute and share some of my favorite reads from this year. 2015 was a great year here at The Horror Bookshelf. The blog celebrated its one year anniversary back in April, I made some great friends, I got to take part in SFSignal’s Mind Meld feature and I had the honor of premiering a brand new story from Glenn Rolfe.

I never really made a post for The Horror Bookshelf’s first anniversary, so I wanted to just take a minute and touch on a few things before getting to my list of favorite reads for the year. I started this blog as my way of giving back to the extremely talented writers who have created the books I enjoy reading and connecting with other horror fans. In that respect, I think the first year of The Horror Bookshelf was a huge success. I am so thankful for all of the writers and publishers who reached out to me and offered me review copies and words of encouragement along the way. Without you and the books you spend so much time crafting, The Horror Bookshelf would not exist. I also want to thank anyone who has ever taken the time to read any of my reviews, interviews or guest posts. There is no greater feeling as a reviewer than introducing someone to a potentially new favorite author or a great book and I hope that by visiting this site, you have found a few.

There are so many people to thank for helping this blog become what it is today, but I wanted to take a moment to thank a few special people who have shown me a humbling amount of support since the very beginning. A huge thank you to my friends and family, Tony and Sharon at Grey Matter Press, John F.D. Taff, David Spell, Mark Matthews, Dale Elster and Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi. You have all offered me so much support and tons of encouragement when The Horror Bookshelf was getting off the ground and I will always be grateful for that. I also want to thank my beautiful wife for encouraging me to follow my dreams and for giving me that boost of confidence I need when I feel like I can’t possibly keep everything going.

I am not usually big on New Year’s Resolutions, but what the hell, I came up with some for The Horror Bookshelf anyway.

1. Read more in 2016 – This one is fairly vague and for anyone that runs a review site, it sounds borderline crazy. I read a ton of great novels in 2016, but one of my biggest regrets was that I didn’t read that many novellas, short stories or anthologies this year. I hope to change that in 2016 and also to increase the amount of novels I read in a year.

2. Get more organized – I am notorious for my poor organizational habits, but I have already made some progress by using a planner (that my wife made me buy) to help me keep track of all my upcoming reviews, interviews and features. This may be the most mundane and boring resolution of the list, but it is an underrated part of keeping a review site going in my opinion.

3. Keeping the site updated more frequently – This may be the biggest challenge of them all. I am the only writer on The Horror Bookshelf and the amount of reviews I have going at any given time can be overwhelming, but I want to set a modest goal – starting in February – of posting at least once a week. Sort of on the same topic, if I owe you a review and have not posted it yet, I promise I haven’t forgotten! I appreciate every author that sends me a book for review and sometimes time gets away from me, but I promise I will get to them soon.

Here is a list of my favorite reads from 2015. I decided to go with a Top 10 for novels, a Top 5 for novellas and a Top 3 for Anthologies and Collections. Thanks for sticking with me this far and I hope you find some great new reads on this list!

1 . Brian Kirk We Are Monsters (Samhain Horror)

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2. Richard Thomas Disintegration (Random House Alibi)

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3. Ronald Malfi Little Girls (Kensington)

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4. Ania Ahlborn Behind These Walls (Gallery Books)

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5. Hunter Shea Tortures of the Damned (Kensington/Pinnacle)

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6. Jonathan Janz Wolf Land (Samhain Horror)

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7. D. Alexander Ward Blood Savages (Necro Publications)

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8. Russell James Q Island (Samhain Horror)

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9. Glenn Rolfe Blood and Rain (Samhain Horror)

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10. Kristopher Rufty Jagger (Sinister Grin Press)

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Novellas

1. John F.D. Taff The Sunken Cathedral (Grey Matter Press)

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2. Kealan Patrick Burke Sour Candy (Self-published)

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3. Glenn Rolfe Abram’s Bridge (Samhain Horror)

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4. Adam Howe Gator Bait (Comet Press)

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5. Matt Manochio Twelfth Krampus Night (Samhain Horror)

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Anthologies and Collections

1. Savage Beasts (Grey Matter Press)

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2. Todd Keisling Ugly Little Things – Volume One (Precipice Books)

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3. Tony Knighton Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties (Crime Wave Press) 

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they rise

BOOK INFO

Length: 162 Pages

Publisher: Severed Press

Release Date: January 4, 2016

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review as part of the They Rise Blog Tour

I have always had a love/hate relationship with the ocean. Growing up, I loved going to the beach and one of my favorite places to visit or go to on field trips was the aquarium. I was always fascinated by the wildlife that lived in the water and for a majority of my life, I dreamed of growing up and becoming a marine biologist. As I got older that dream was still there and I began taking deep-sea fishing trips, which were always a thrill to me. Despite all of those positive memories and dreams of working in the ocean with the various animals that call the water home, I harbored a bit of a fear of the ocean. I don’t know if it was from watching Jaws or just one too many viewings of Shark Week, but I was convinced that it was only a matter of time until a shark attacked me. Even into my late teens  – the last time I really went into the ocean – I could be swimming or having a blast on a boogie board, but if a strand of seaweed brushed against my leg, I would tear ass out of the waves as fast as my legs would carry me. In retrospect, that was probably the worst thing I could have done if I was trying to avoid becoming some shark’s lunch. I always went back in the water after realizing none of the other swimmers were being ripped to shreds, but that fear was still there. Reading Hunter Shea’s They Rise brought those fears rushing back and also made me realize that maybe I had more to fear than just man-eating sharks.

They Rise opens with a scene of some older men out for an early morning fishing trip on the Atlantic Ocean. Just when it seems they won’t have any luck, one of the men hooks something huge on his line. What he reels in amazes his friends and the deckhand that assists them in landing the fish. As they stare in amazement at the alien looking fish, it begins to thrash and ends up stinging the deckhand, drenching his arm in blood. Their curiosity is shattered by the brutal attack and what they witness is something ripped straight from their nightmares.

Marine biologist Brad Whitley has studied chimaera fish for his entire life and is considered one of the foremost experts on the fish. So after the horrific attack on the fishing boat leaves a deckhand dead and one of the fish is captured, he is called in to examine the specimen and figure out what could have caused the attack. What Whit sees takes his breath away. The fish is identical to the ones he is used to studying, but is easily two feet bigger than the largest one ever recorded. Not to mention, the fish should not have appeared in this part of the Atlantic Ocean. They have a spine in front of their dorsal fin that unleashes a vicious toxin, but based on the grisly reports from the fishing boat, it is faster acting than anything Whit has seen before.

While Whit is on land looking for answers, his ex-wife Suzanne Merriweather is aboard the Porpoise IV studying clues about the cause behind rising global temperatures. Currently, her and her team are in the Atlantic investigating methane gas being released from vents in the ocean floor, something that could cause more damage than man-made pollution. Suzanne and her team get readouts showing a massive methane vent which is located smack dab in the region of the infamous Bermuda Triangle. Some of the methane being released is frozen from the prehistoric era, bubbling to the surface due to disturbances on the ocean floor. The crew of the Porpoise IV come face to face with these prehistoric horrors when the come to the rescue of a fishing trawler that was attacked by a swarm of chimaera fish. They witness the remnants of the carnage on the boat and once Suzanne lays eyes on the strange fish she knows she needs to reach out to her estranged ex.

Whit gets the texts from Suzanne and finds that his specimen is not the only one. These massive chimaeras are loose in the ocean and leaving a path of destruction and bloodshed in their wake. To make matters worse, the pictures Suzanne sends him shows these things are even bigger than the one he is studying, some rivaling the size of Great Whites. When the Porpoise IV heads out to study a large methane vent, they notice swarms of chimaeras pouring from the vent and realize they have a serious problem on their hands. Whit rents a fishing boat to head out and meet Suzanne and receives a distress call about the fish attacking the Porpoise IV. Facing death and destruction at every turn, the group must find a way to stop the chimaera fish once and for all or the entire world will be placed into chaos and the oceans will run red with blood.

While They Rise does take some liberties with the chimaera fish, part of what made this is a novel such a great read was that is grounded in reality. Shea takes a real-life fish and mixes in climate concerns to craft an original sea monster novella that feels like it could – with a little imagination –  actually happen. While we think of the ocean as something mundane, the fact remains that is as mysterious as any other possible location. Despite all of the advances in modern technology, less than five percent of the ocean has been explored. Who says there can’t be giant, blood-thirsty chimaera fish lurking in the deep, dark depths of the ocean?

I loved that a majority of the story takes place out on the open water. I feel like the ocean is a perfect setting for horror novels due to the sense of isolation it provides. Think about it. Even if you are facing unimaginable horrors, if you’re on land, you have a variety of escape options and tools at your disposal. They may not work, but you at least have some choices. Out on the ocean, there is nowhere to hide. Sure, you could be on the relative safety of a boat, but what happens if the boat is damaged or sinks? There is nowhere to hide and once you hit the water, you are in the domain of the monstrous creatures stalking you. There is no way to improvise weapons except for utilizing what little gear you thought to pack on the ship and there is no easy way to call in reinforcements.

Shea does an excellent job with portraying the attacks throughout the course of They Rise. The fish are introduced through a series of scenes where people on the ocean who are fishing and unaware of the recent release of these deadly monsters are suddenly thrust into a bloody and violent situation. These fish are ruthless and are able to destroy smaller ships with ease and are driven by their desire to feed.

The chimaera fish are terrifying despite not having razor-sharp teeth or appendages. They have tooth plates that are supposed to be used to crush shellfish, but when Shea grows them to unimaginable lengths, they are powerful enough to snap bones like toothpicks and flatten people like pancakes. Then there is its poisonous fin that injects a lethal poison that causes people to die in seconds in a truly gruesome fashion that is not for the squeamish. They are also tenacious hunters, once they have their sights locked on a boat and begin their attack, it isn’t enough to just hightail it the hell out of there. When the Porpoise IV was attacked, Suzanne later tells Whit that the fish pursued them for miles.

Hunter does a great job with his major characters, particularly Whit and Nestor Garza. Whit comes across as a bit arrogant at times, but he makes for an interesting main character. Although his expertise is the chimaera fish that are currently wreaking havoc in the ocean, he is a true leader who thinks outside the box in order to try to save everyone from the fish. We learn early on in They Rise that Whit has a drinking problem, though it is not clear if it was a result of a divorce from his wife Suzanne or something that has always been a part of his life. Nestor Garza is Whit’s right hand man on this study and they form a close bond in the short time they are together. He’s a retiree who helps out at the Seaquarium who helps out however he can. He mostly does it for the discounts he gets his family for the aquarium and to make his grandkids think he is a hero. Despite being a seemingly average guy, Nestor exudes a confidence that makes him likable. He has a connection for seemingly every situation and shows a surprising amount of courage in a truly horrific scenario that would leave most regular people frozen with fear. While Hunter does a great job with his main cast, some of the more minor characters tend to blend together.

Even with a few minor missteps, Shea’s They Rise is a white-knuckled thrill ride that is sure to delight horror fans looking for an entertaining and bloody sea monster story. One of Shea’s many strengths is the pacing of his novels and his talent for telling a great story. There are hardly any lulls in the action and once Hunter pulls you in, you are mesmerized by the world he has created. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but I loved the nod to his previous novel The Montauk Monster with the mentions of Plum Island research center. Anyone who has read any of Hunter’s previous books or has seen an episode of Monster Men knows he is one of the biggest horror fans around and his love and appreciation for horror always shines through in his writing. That passion is evident in the old school monster movie feel of They Rise and the adrenaline-pumping finale that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. They Rise is an absolute blast to read and an essential addition to the reading list of everyone who is fascinated and/or frightened by the possibility of what lurks in the dark, briny depths of the ocean!

2015 was a great year for Hunter Shea fans as he released three incredibly entertaining novels and it doesn’t appear he has any plans of slowing down in 2016. They Rise was the first of Hunter’s three planned releases for the year and is set to be followed by a new Samhain novella I Kill in Peace and the Pinnacle novel The Jersey Devil, which focuses on one of my all-time favorite cryptids. Needless to say, I will be devouring these books as soon as I get my hands on them!

Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of this post for a chance at an awesome prize: a $50 Amazon Gift Card! All the details on how to enter and gain extra entries are listed in the “Giveaway” section of the review. Good luck!

Rating: 4/5 

LINKS

Hunter Shea Official Website

Severed Press Official Website

Purchase They Rise: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite bookstore!

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Use these hashtags to help spread the word about They Rise! – #TheyRise  #HunterShea #HorroroftheSea #HookofaBook #SeaMonsters

They Rise Synopsis

Some call them ghost sharks, the oldest and strangest looking creatures in the sea. Marine biologist Brad Whitley has studied chimaera fish all his life. He thought he knew everything about them. He was wrong.

Warming ocean temperatures free legions of prehistoric chimaera fish from their methane ice suspended animation. Now, in a corner of the Bermuda Triangle, the ocean waters run red.

The 400 million year old massive killing machines know no mercy, destroying everything in their path. It will take Whitley, his climatologist ex-wife and the entire US Navy to stop them in the bloodiest battle ever seen on the high seas.

Praise for Hunter Shea

Praise for Hunter Shea

This wholly enthralling hulk of a summer beach read is redolent of sunscreen and nostalgia, recalling mass market horror tales of yore by John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Peter Benchley.” — Publishers Weekly — Voted one of the best reads of summer, on The Montauk Monster

“Bloody good read!  This guy knows his monsters!”- Eric S Brown, author of Bigfoot War and Boggy Creek: The Legend is True, on Swamp Monster Massacre

“Hunter Shea is a great writer, highly entertaining, and definitely in the upper echelon in the current horror scene. Many other writers mention either loving his work and/or having the man influence their own, and for just cause. His writing suits anyone with a taste for the dark and terrifying!” –Zakk at The Eyes of Madness/The Mouth of Madness Podcast

About Hunter Shea 

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Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.

Publishers Weekly named The Montauk Monster one of the best reads of the summer in 2014, and his follow up novel, Hell Hole, was named best horror novel of the year on several prestigious horror sites. Cemetery Dance had this to say about his apocalyptic thriller, Tortures of the Damned – “A terrifying read that left me wanting more. I absolutely devoured this book!”

Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. Copies of his books, The Montauk Monster and The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.

He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years.

Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, crytid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane.

Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

You can follow his travails at www.huntershea.com, sign-up for his newsletter, or follow in on Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway

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BOOK INFO

Length: 314 Pages

Publisher: Samhain Horror

Release Date: November 3, 2015

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review as part of the Wolf Land Blog Tour

Jonathan Janz is one of those authors who I have always heard great things about, both from other readers and horror authors, so I am a little embarrassed to admit that this is the first book of his I have read. After hearing tons of praise for his work and watching his excellent interview on Monster Men, I knew that I had to read one of his books. So when I was invited to join the blog tour for his latest Samhain Horror novel Wolf Land, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with his work. 

The novel focuses on a group of classmates from Lakeview gearing up for their ten-year high school reunion with a bonfire in the woods, a booze-fueled blowout just like when they were teenagers. Savannah is nervous about seeing her old flame Mike Freehafer, who has returned to town haunted by a devastating tragedy and a failed professional baseball career that ended their relationship. A trio of best friends – Weezer, Glenn, and Duane – are simply trying to have a good time by having a few drinks and maybe settling an old feud. As the party kicks into gear, it seems the worst thing the party-goers have to deal with is facing the inevitable awkwardness of their pasts.  However, those turn out to be the least of their worries when an ancient and terrifying evil is unleashed leaving several people dead or injured in the attack. The survivors’ lives are changed forever after witnessing the carnage at the bonfire and although they try to put the horrific events behind them, their nightmare is just beginning. Four of the survivors are beginning to change as the result of their injuries and their transformation will plunge the tranquil town of Lakeview into chaos and bloodshed.

Janz spends the opening moments of the novel introducing readers to his fairly large cast of characters and these opening scenes not only gives readers a good sense of their personalities, but allows them to feel like they are a part of Lakeview too. Just when you begin to settle in and prepare yourself for the horrors to come, Janz ramps up the chill factor with the introduction of the mysterious stranger at the reunion party. As people step forward to confront him and figure out what he is doing there, he begins speaking in ominous warnings, my favorite being this line: “I hear the worms, eager to writhe in your carcass”. I loved this approach to introducing the werewolf. Rather than having it show up and just start ripping everyone to shreds, Janz uses sentences like these to craft a sense of tension and dread that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. 

The transformation process is one of the most important parts of any werewolf story and those scenes are handled expertly in Wolf Land. What makes them so fascinating is they are highlighted by small moments and differ from character to character. Each one of these characters has some sort of baggage in their past – not living up to potential, serious abuse, death and guilt. Janz does a great job of spending time with each one of these characters and looking at how they handle the changes of the werewolf curse – some embrace it while others are more reluctant to accept their new lives. It allows those who felt powerless throughout their lives to feel like they are finally in control, though they use that power and control in vastly different ways throughout the course of the novel. 

I like that Janz takes his time in showing how the survivors of the initial attack slowly begin to change. It isn’t the fast, stomach-churning transformation that immediately springs to mind when one thinks of werewolves, though there are some great scenes like that. It is a slow, gradual build-up starting when the characters notice they begin to heal at an astonishing rate. Then the changes start to manifest in other ways – a heightened sense of smell, hearing conversations from across the street or even something as simple as a look. These small scenes of change hint that something sinister is taking place and when the characters finally take on the form of the werewolf, readers are much like the characters in the book – mesmerized and unable to look away. They are handled with incredibly vivid detail and more often than not lead to blood-soaked scenes of terrifying violence.

Janz does an excellent job with creating a cast of characters that seem like the same sort of people you grew up with and that creates a connection with readers, even in the case of some of the more unsavory characters. However, what impressed me most, was the fearlessness Janz took with his characters. Without spoiling anything for readers, there were a few characters that were given pretty extensive backgrounds only to be torn to shreds by the werewolf relatively early in the story. I love when authors do that because it creates a very real sense of danger when no character is safe. Then there is Duane, who is known as “Short Pump” to virtually everyone in Lakeview. He is one of the main heroes in the novel, despite not fitting the standard definition of a hero. He is often mocked by just about everyone in town, is portrayed as shy and indecisive and despite his size and is relatively non-threatening. However, Duane undergoes his own transformation and challenges the perception that has followed him around his entire life by exhibiting an unexpected level of bravery.

Janz does an excellent job of portraying the small town of Lakeview and as a horror fan, I love these types of stories. There is something ominous about taking a town where seemingly nothing changes and everyone knows each other and plunging it into chaos by introducing the unknown. Janz paints a vivid picture through short sentences to convey the mundane nature of Lakeview like when Mike envisions his former classmates who used to hang out in the Burger King parking lot after school as adults still frequenting the same haunts, unwilling to let go of the past.

Janz also makes some interesting additions to the werewolf mythology. They are able to communicate telepathically, each one is connected to a sort of hive mind that allows them to understand each other without words. I also like the idea of there not being many werewolves and them preferring to keep their numbers small to avoid detection by any means necessary. Janz also crafts an interesting origin story on the werewolf phenomena involving a historical anecdote involving the Antonov sisters. It creates a plausible origin for not only the first werewolves but also how the mythical creatures made it to America. What makes it so interesting is that it sounds like a true legend. 

What makes Wolf Land such an enjoyable novel is Janz’s highly descriptive writing and his brutal depiction of the werewolf legend. These werewolves are incredibly brutal and there is no romanticism involved in their back story. These are not regal creatures of nobility or misunderstood creatures, they are bloodthirsty killing machines that do not hesitate to destroy everything in their path. Janz does give an interesting look at the humanity of the creatures though and some of them cling to that shred of their former selves to the bitter end. However, those driven by other motives relish their new powers and opportunity to kill at will. Despite the larger than life powers and presence of these monsters,  there are scenes where people fight back and it delighted the hell out of this horror fan. Reading about the sheer power of the werewolves in this novel, it would be logical to assume that any one who tries to resist would be torn apart in seconds flat. However, there are a few moments of sheer determination where some of the human characters are able to inflict a little damage of their own. 

The only complaints I had with Wolf Land is I would have liked to have seen more scenes with The Three, the mysterious group of original werewolves. There was a lot of potential for some interesting stuff there and while not including it doesn’t hinder the story, it would have been cool to learn more about their motives and what drives them. They seem to prefer smaller numbers, but there are others who have joined them. How do they pick and chose who joins them? We get a glimpse of their history through one of the survivor’s point of view, but the explanation seemed a little rushed. 

I have to be honest for a minute and admit that werewolves were never really my thing. I know that seems sacrilegious for a horror fan to say, but I was never all that frightened by them. They are scary enough I guess, but I was always more frightened and intrigued by other creatures. However, after reading Glenn Rolfe’s Blood and Rain and now Jonathan Janz’s Wolf Land, I am starting to change my stance on werewolves and am looking forward to reading more werewolf novels in the future. I was totally enthralled with Wolf Land from the beginning and there are a ton of tense, action-packed scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat. Make no mistake, Wolf Land is an incredibly violent story with copious amounts of blood and gore, but there is also a lot of human drama, humor and subtle hints of creepiness that help make this a stand-out werewolf story. Jonathan Janz is an incredible writer and after reading Wolf Land, I can see why so many horror fans love his work. I definitely consider myself a fan now and I look forward to catching up on his previous novels! 

Rating: 4.5/5

LINKS

Jonathan Janz’s Official Website

Samhain Horror Official Website

Purchase Wolf Land: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Samhain Horror or your favorite bookstore!

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Use these hashtags to help spread the word about Wolf Land! – #WolfLand #werewolves #winterofwolves #JonathanJanz #HookofaBook

Wolf Land Synopsis

An unholy predator on the prowl!

The small town of Lakeview offers little excitement for Duane, Savannah, and their friends. They’re about to endure their ten-year high school reunion when their lives are shattered by the arrival of an ancient, vengeful evil. 

The werewolf.

The first attack leaves seven dead and four wounded. And though the beast remains on the loose and eager to spill more blood, the sleepy town is about to face an even greater terror. Because the four victims of the werewolf’s fury are changing. They’re experiencing unholy desires and unimaginable cravings. They’ll prey on the innocent. They’ll act on their basest desires. Soon, they’ll plunge the entire town into a nightmare. Lakeview is about to become Wolf Land. 

Praise for Wolf Land and 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, author

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

“A 10-year high school reunion is the catalyst for lots of furry, toothy scares in this gruesome yet entertaining gorefest.” –Publishers Weekly

“Probably the best werewolf novel I’ve read in a decade.”- Pete Kahle, author of The Specimen

“If you like werewolves, you will think you have died and gone to heaven. Highly recommended.” –Confessions of a Reviewer

“This fast-paced read was a frenzy of carnality in epic proportions. Visceral and surreal, Janz has outdone himself with this newest title.” Nikki, Horror After Dark

“For years now, the werewolf has been hijacked by the shifter romance genre. Well, Jonathan Janz has claimed a bloody morsel back for the horror genre!” 2 Book Lovers Reviews

“Janz is the literary love child of Richard Laymon and Jack Ketchum (with a little Joe Lansdale DNA in the mix), with all the terror that implies. Try him out. You won’t be disappointed.” –Pod of Horror

“Jonathan Janz has created a realistic world and peopled it with characters that could be people you know then introduces a whole new werewolf legend to rip them to shreds. I highly recommend this relentlessly fast paced story. A hair raising 5 star read.” –Horror Maiden Book Reviews

About Jonathan Janz

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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 www.jonathanjanz.com. You can also find him on Facebook, via @jonathanjanz on Twitter, or on his Goodreads and Amazon author pages.

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