Review copy provided as part of The Wolf Land blog tour.
A gathering at a bonfire where Mike, Glenn, Weezer, Short Pump and Savannah along with their friends are gathered as they encounter a strange and mysterious man. A man, but something entirely more frightening. Mike the washed up ex baseball player is back in town for the first time in years and wonders how his High School girlfriend Savannah will react. Savannah is the girl who never left town, got pregnant and has the dead end job everyone fears who lives in a small town. Glenn, Weezer and Short Pump are lifelong friends and are suspicious of Mikes return and how he will treat everyone after leaving town and not looking back. Glenn hates Mike for the way he treated Savannah and has feelings for her himself, while Weezer and Short Pump are looking for anyone to meet up with as if they are still in High School. Janz gives us this great backstory on our group and they are all so recognizable, the school jock, the prom queen, the geek and so on. But life is about to be turned on its side for Mike, Glenn and the rest of the group as the unwanted guest makes his presence known. The scenes of destruction, horror and carnage are some of the more brutal I’ve come across before. I has holding my breath and swiping pages as fast as I could to see how things were going to conclude for those lucky enough to escape the werewolf. The images left in my mind will be hard to forget, but this is what I expect from great writing and Janz does an excellent job turning an innocent bonfire into a horrifying night in the woods. The tension and suspense are more than enough to get your blood pumping, I could feel a tightness in my chest as the action unfolded before my eyes. As the days draw on Short Pump notices changes in his friends, especially Weezer who now acts completely different and this scares him and is more than concerning. Glenn has noticed changes too and not only in Weezer but himself. The effects of the attacks have left them all changed and not for the better and it’s only a matter of time before things go from bad to worse. The brutality of the action scenes are frightening and this books isn’t for those with an objection to blood and guts horror. This is a great read for the horror fan looking to be pushed to the edge, the horror is real in this small town.
Length: 314 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release date: November 3, 2015
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 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.
“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
“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
Jonathan Janz, Biography~
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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