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Jonathan Janz

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October 27

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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."

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.
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Jonathan Janz Hey, Perry! I'd say it's a combination of many things, the first of which being the fact that I'm doing my very best to write books that folks want to…moreHey, Perry! I'd say it's a combination of many things, the first of which being the fact that I'm doing my very best to write books that folks want to read. I don't say that sarcastically or immodestly; I simply mean that word-of-mouth is the most powerful force in the advertising universe, and people are telling other people about my work. There was a time when I'd go two weeks without a single rating. Now, I'm getting ratings and reviews every day. It's all due to a gradual word-of-mouth-fueled growth.

Aside from that, I'd guess that the way I approach Goodreads has something to do with that. I'm here as a reader first, and other readers sense, respect, and appreciate that. There's a vast forest of white noise generated by authors screaming "Look at me! Look at me!" and as a reader, that turns me off. Which means it undoubtedly turns off other readers too. So by being a reader, I share a love of books with other readers rather than treating them like potential marks.

Which leads me to the last thing--engagement. When people are nice enough to say kind things about me and my work, I appreciate that, and I make sure I let them know that. No, I don't go around responding to every positive review, but if someone reviews three of my books and says incredibly kind things about all of them, I think that deserves a thank you. I also never, ever respond to negative reviews because that will never go well.

Anyway, that was way more than you asked for, and being a writer yourself, I know that you already know most of these things. But for others who read this answer, I think these are good guidelines. (less)
Jonathan Janz Hey, Richard! I'm so sorry I missed this question until now.

My story ideas come from all over the place, but I'll give you a couple examples of…more
Hey, Richard! I'm so sorry I missed this question until now.

My story ideas come from all over the place, but I'll give you a couple examples of "ignition points" (I love your verb "ignites").

My debut novel THE SORROWS grew out of a single image and a song. The image was a tower standing by itself, unattached to a castle. In the uppermost room of the tower, there was a piano. Then, for no apparent reason, the piano began playing Rachmaninoff's "Prelude in C Sharp Minor." The song is so shattering and ominous that, when coupled with the tower imagery, it was able to generate the entire backstory of my villain. Then, the rest of the narrative grew out of that.

In my upcoming novella EXORCIST ROAD, I thought of all the exorcism stories I'd seen and read. William Peter Blatty's LEGION did a great job of creating a mystery within the horror, and I wanted to do something exorcist-related that focused on the mystery as well. So when I thought of the idea for the Sweet Sixteen Killer, the mystery I was seeking began to grow.

This sort of answers your question, and it sort of doesn't, but it shows how diverse the sources can be.

Thanks, Richard! :-)(less)
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The Sorrows

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Jonathan Janz Mariℓina wrote: "Happy 2016, filled with love, happiness and a little bit of luck!
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Happy New Year to you too, my friend! :-)

JJ


Mariℓina Happy 2016, filled with love, happiness and a little bit of luck!





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Scott Roberts Merry christmas


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Thank you so much, Maria! I really appreciate the beautiful image! :-)


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Jonathan Janz Ashley wrote: "Hi Jonathan! I LOVED your review of Dark Places and how Gillian Flynn = Mike Trout (fellow baseball fanatic here, WOOHOO!!)"

Thank you so much, Ashley! It's great to meet you, and I love the double-threat of great book fan and baseball fan. That's a wonderful combination! :-)


Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* Hi Jonathan! I LOVED your review of Dark Places and how Gillian Flynn = Mike Trout (fellow baseball fanatic here, WOOHOO!!)


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Scott Roberts Merry christmas.


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Maggie

Hope you have a wonderful day! : D


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Maria Donna wrote: "


Have a good one buddy :D"


Yours is perfect, Darling, just like you! XO.
I mean Donna, of course, but enjoy your birthday, JJ. : )


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Dee Maria wrote: "


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This is soo cool Maria :D


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Have a good one buddy :D


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Carey Anderson Thanks for the add


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Rusty Nugent Thanks for your friendship.


☆~Stephanie ~☆ Thanks for the friend request Jonathan! :->


OddModicum Rachel Hey there, Jonathan! Thanks for the friend request! So funny... I was just asking in another thread if anyone else thought that early exposure to good horror writers might have really been influential... made them horror lovers for life. Seems like a trend... more than other genres, even. Your mention of a childhood between a dark forest and a graveyard brought that to mind. ;) Your books look amazing. All the synopses sound intriguing. Do you have a fave, or a particular title you'd suggest starting with?


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Jonathan Janz Midu wrote: "Thanks for the invite!"

It's great to meet you, Midu! :-)


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Jonathan Janz Cheryl wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Jonathan. Your books sound very intriguing! I've put "The Sorrows" on my wish-list."

Thank you so much, Cheryl! And sorry for the late response. I hope you check out The Sorrows, but no pressure--no promise! :-)

Thanks again, and I'll talk to you soon!

JJ


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Cheryl Landmark Thanks for the friend request, Jonathan. Your books sound very intriguing! I've put "The Sorrows" on my wish-list.


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Midu Hadi Thanks for the invite!


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Maria Jonathan wrote: "MARIA!!!!! I'm so sorry for the delayed response, but we JUST got back last night from our Virginia vacation (mostly in the boonies, way off the grid). Happy Independence Day! :-)"

No worries, Jonathan.
Hope you have a relaxing day today!!
Enjoy the fireworks. : )


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Jonathan Janz MARIA!!!!! I'm so sorry for the delayed response, but we JUST got back last night from our Virginia vacation (mostly in the boonies, way off the grid). Happy Independence Day! :-)


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Enjoy this special day with your family!! : )"


Thank you, Maria! You're fantastic! :-)


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Enjoy this special day with your family!! : )


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Jonathan Janz Alissa wrote: "Thank you for accepting my friend request. I'm looking forward to reading your work, a good friend of mine recommended them to me and I'm always up for a good book especially horror."

Thank you so much, Alissa! I'm glad your friend recommended my work to you, and I hope you find it worthwhile. Thanks again for friending me, and I look forward to interacting with you on here! :-)


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Alissa Thank you for accepting my friend request. I'm looking forward to reading your work, a good friend of mine recommended them to me and I'm always up for a good book especially horror.


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Jonathan Janz M.C. wrote: "hi, thank you for adding me as a friend :)"

No problem, M.C.! It'll be fun interacting with you here.


Jonathan Janz Armina wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Jonathan!"

Thanks for accepting it, Armina!


Cristina Sburlea hi, thank you for adding me as a friend :)


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Armina Thanks for the friend request, Jonathan!


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Maria Jonathan wrote: "Maria wrote: "Jonathan wrote: "Maria wrote: "Too late Jonathan, Donna & I saw your "fan" post before you deleted it.
We were enjoying ourselves, way to spoil our fun!! : ("

You two are EVIL!!!! ..."


JJ, what a nice way to say we're sneaky! : P
Have a great day!


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Dee Jonathan wrote: "Donna wrote: "No wait, what is it my girls say when I wont do or go along with them on something...Oh yeah, "FUN SUCKER!" That's you Jonathan :)"

Ah, when I do that, my wife sings the party pooper..."



Lol!!! Sounds like my kind of woman :)
For the record...you are a riot as well!
Enjoy the rest of you week Jonathan.


Jonathan Janz Donna wrote: "No wait, what is it my girls say when I wont do or go along with them on something...Oh yeah, "FUN SUCKER!" That's you Jonathan :)"

Ah, when I do that, my wife sings the party pooper song. I think you and she would get along. :-)


Jonathan Janz Maria wrote: "Jonathan wrote: "Maria wrote: "Too late Jonathan, Donna & I saw your "fan" post before you deleted it.
We were enjoying ourselves, way to spoil our fun!! : ("

You two are EVIL!!!! Hah! I thought..."


Yes. You two are masters of stealth. :-)


message 92: by Dee (last edited Apr 21, 2014 04:37PM)

Dee No wait, what is it my girls say when I wont do or go along with them on something...Oh yeah, "FUN SUCKER!" That's you Jonathan :)


message 91: by Dee

Dee Party pooper! We were having so much fun imaging you squirm. So what happened this time Jonathan? You did once say I was a sadistic woman...remember? LOL!


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Maria Jonathan wrote: "Maria wrote: "Too late Jonathan, Donna & I saw your "fan" post before you deleted it.
We were enjoying ourselves, way to spoil our fun!! : ("

You two are EVIL!!!! Hah! I thought of you two right..."


"Bring it"!!! LOL.
You shouldn't have warned us, a surprise attack is best. : )


Jonathan Janz Maria wrote: "Too late Jonathan, Donna & I saw your "fan" post before you deleted it.
We were enjoying ourselves, way to spoil our fun!! : ("


You two are EVIL!!!! Hah! I thought of you two right away when I saw I'd become a fan of myself.

I'll get you both back one of these days. :-)


message 88: by Maria

Maria Too late Jonathan, Donna & I saw your "fan" post before you deleted it.
We were enjoying ourselves, way to spoil our fun!! : (


Jonathan Janz MELISSA wrote: "Thanks for the friend vite Jonathan! :))"

Thank you for accepting it, Melissa! It'll be fun being friends on GR! :-)


MELISSA Thanks for the friend vite Jonathan! :))


Jonathan Janz Shari-amor wrote: "Thank you for the request, Jonathan. I just checked out a couple of your books and they look really good."

Thank you, Shari-amor! I really appreciate that, and I look forward to interacting with you. :-)

JJ


Shari-amor Thank you for the request, Jonathan. I just checked out a couple of your books and they look really good.


message 83: by Maria

Maria Hi JJ. HorrorHound Weekend sounds like scary fun! Enjoy!! : )


Jonathan Janz Maria wrote: "Just saw the cover for Castle of Sorrows by Jonathan Janz, I think it looks amazing!! : )"

I'm so happy you like it, Maria. I think it's amazing too. I'm very thankful to have Angela Waters as a cover artist. :-)


message 81: by Maria

Maria Just saw the cover for Castle of Sorrows by Jonathan Janz, I think it looks amazing!! : )


Jonathan Janz Tessa wrote: "Hi Jonathan! Thanks for the add :) I popped on over to your website and had a laugh at your post about fanning yourself."

Hah! Thanks, Tessa! I'm not quite over the emotional scarring, but the counseling has been helpful so far. :-)


message 79: by Tessa

Tessa Teevan Hi Jonathan! Thanks for the add :) I popped on over to your website and had a laugh at your post about fanning yourself.


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