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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.”

In 2013 Samhain Horror published his novel of vampirism and human sacrifice 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...more


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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)
Jonathan Janz I love all genres, Jenny. Horror is my favorite, but I love the classics, thrillers, mysteries, period romances, adventure, historical, fantasy,…moreI love all genres, Jenny. Horror is my favorite, but I love the classics, thrillers, mysteries, period romances, adventure, historical, fantasy, sci-fi, and just about everything else. If it's well done, I love it. (less)
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The Sorrows
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These are obvious lessons, but they’re ones I find myself continually learning as I continue on my writerly walk:


Haunted Mind

Haunted Mind


There is no finish line.


There is no such thing as “making it.”


There will always be challenges.


For me, there will always be fear. Fear of failure, fear of the unknown. Fear of trying something new (and failing). Fear of rejection.


The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet


I will always need to face my...

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Kilgallen I am excited to see you have a new work being released!!! Really looking forward to reading it!


Jonathan Janz Kilgallen wrote: "I am excited to see you have a new work being released!!! Really looking forward to reading it!"

Holy cow, Kilgallen. I just saw this. Sorry about not replying right away!

Thank you SO MUCH for your excitement about my work. I really hope you like The Sorrows. I have a second novel coming out in the summer, too (called House of Skin). Here's my blog address (I need to figure out a way to link to it on my author page): jonathanjanz.com

Thanks again, Kilgallen, and have an awesome week!

Your friend,

Jonathan


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Hello Jonathan,
It's such a pleasure having you for a friend. I look forward to reading your work -- you're very prolific!

Thank you and best wishes to you.
Warmest regards,
CJ

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Jonathan Janz C.J. wrote: "C.J. Heck
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Hello Jonathan,
It's such a pleasure having you for a friend. I look forward to reading your work -- you're very prolific!

Thank you and best wishes to you.
W..."


Thank you so much, C.J. I too look forward to checking out your work. It looks great! :-)


Realitycheck Thanks for the friending, please feel free to check out my bookshelves, quotes, friends and groups for things that might interest you or you read and forgot about.


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Tom Blubaugh Jonathan, thank you for joining my community of friends. Blessings, Tom.


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Katy Hey, thanks for the friend request. Dang, you have a ton of books, I need to go through them and see if there's anything that appeals to me, but I'm busy today with editing. Send me a PM or something later this week so I remember to look through them! Sounds like we have a lot of tastes in books in common, I look forward to chatting about books with you!


Robert Thanks for the friend request, Jonathan.


Chris' Book Blog Emporium Hi Jonathan, Thanks for the friend invite :)


Jonathan Janz Katy wrote: "Hey, thanks for the friend request. Dang, you have a ton of books, I need to go through them and see if there's anything that appeals to me, but I'm busy today with editing. Send me a PM or someth..."

Sorry for the late reply, Katy, but I'm delighted to be friends with you! Thanks for your very cool note. :-)

JJ


Jonathan Janz Chris' Book Blog Emporium wrote: "Hi Jonathan, Thanks for the friend invite :)"

Thank YOU, Chris! :-)


Jonathan Janz Robert wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Jonathan."

Thanks for accepting, Robert!


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Jason Parent Can't wait to the release of Savage Species as a complete novel. I'm left in limbo right now having only read the first part. Loved it, though!


Jonathan Janz Jason wrote: "Can't wait to the release of Savage Species as a complete novel. I'm left in limbo right now having only read the first part. Loved it, though!"

Hey, Jason! I saw your review of Night Terrors yesterday and really appreciated it. You'll be glad to know Frank Red Elk's role expands in the coming chapters. He's one of my favorite characters too. :-)

Have a good one!

JJ


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Rosanna Leo Lovely to meet you Jonathan, as well as your sinister books! LOL :)


Jonathan Janz Rosanna wrote: "Lovely to meet you Jonathan, as well as your sinister books! LOL :)"

Hah! They are pretty sinister, aren't they?

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

JJ


Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend


Jonathan Janz Christine wrote: "Thanks for being my friend"

Thank YOU, Christine! :-)


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Carole Gill Hi thank you so much, nice to know you


Jonathan Janz Carole wrote: "Hi thank you so much, nice to know you"

It's great to know you too, Carole! :-)


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lisa Hi.
Thanks for the add

Rissa


Jonathan Janz Rissa wrote: "Hi.
Thanks for the add

Rissa"


Hey, Rissa! Glad to know you. And thanks for checking out The Sorrows! :-)


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lisa I am sure I'll be reading plenty more..
interesting for sure....


Jonathan Janz Thanks, Rissa! I really appreciate that. :-)


♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ Thanks for accepting my friend request! :D


Jonathan Janz ♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request! :D"

Thank you! Glad to be friends with you.


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S.M. McEachern Hey Jonathan - I love a good haunted house story too :)


Jonathan Janz S.M. wrote: "Hey Jonathan - I love a good haunted house story too :)"

Awesome, S.M.! We park our hearses in the same decaying garage.

Okay, that was bad. But it's great to know you! :-)


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Duane I just ordered The Sorrows, House of Skin, The Darkest Lullaby, and Savage Species on Amazon. I can't wait to check out your work.


Jonathan Janz Duane wrote: "I just ordered The Sorrows, House of Skin, The Darkest Lullaby, and Savage Species on Amazon. I can't wait to check out your work."

Holy cow, Duane, THANK YOU! I'm so grateful that you'd take the time and make the investment to check out my work. I really hope you enjoy it and feel you got your money's worth. Thanks again, Duane, and have a great day! :-)

JJ


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Duane Jonathan wrote: "Duane wrote: "I just ordered The Sorrows, House of Skin, The Darkest Lullaby, and Savage Species on Amazon. I can't wait to check out your work."

Holy cow, Duane, THANK YOU! I'm so grateful that y..."


I just started The Sorrows and I'm a little over 50 pages in. You've hooked me. I'm feeling a strong Matheson influence here, besides the obvious references to The Legend of Hell House film and the immense and foreboding setting.


Jonathan Janz Duane wrote: "Jonathan wrote: "Duane wrote: "I just ordered The Sorrows, House of Skin, The Darkest Lullaby, and Savage Species on Amazon. I can't wait to check out your work."

Holy cow, Duane, THANK YOU! I'm s..."


Man, Duane, I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that. Matheson is as good as it gets (well, except for King, but you know what I mean). Mr. Matheson is indeed one of my main influences, and I'm extremely happy you detected that in The Sorrows.

Thanks again, Duane, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the book.


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Duane Jonathan wrote: "Duane wrote: "Jonathan wrote: "Duane wrote: "I just ordered The Sorrows, House of Skin, The Darkest Lullaby, and Savage Species on Amazon. I can't wait to check out your work."

Holy cow, Duane, TH..."


I even picked up on the use of the word "palsied", a favorite of Mr. Matheson.


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Donna Thanks for the add. Can't wait to read The Darkest Lullaby and your other works.


Jonathan Janz Donna wrote: "Thanks for the add. Can't wait to read The Darkest Lullaby and your other works."

Thank you so much, Donna! It's great to connect with you! I hope you enjoy my stuff. Either way, it's cool of you to give it a chance. :-)


Jonathan Janz Duane wrote: "Jonathan wrote: "Duane wrote: "Jonathan wrote: "Duane wrote: "I just ordered The Sorrows, House of Skin, The Darkest Lullaby, and Savage Species on Amazon. I can't wait to check out your work."

Ho..."


Hah! That's right, Duane. Matheson loved that word. I find myself mining all kinds of great words from his tales. The guy adhered to one of my favorite writing axioms: "Use words the common reader understands but the common writer doesn't use."


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Donna Jonathan wrote: "Donna wrote: "Thanks for the add. Can't wait to read The Darkest Lullaby and your other works."

Thank you so much, Donna! It's great to connect with you! I hope you enjoy my stuff. Either way, it'..."





I have no doubt I'll enjoy your work. The Darkest Lullaby has been on my Amazon wish list for some time, after coming across it while browsing one day. I'm hoping to finally get to it when I at LAST finish The Brothers Karamazov (a most intimidating novel on so many levels). Going to take the rest of the month to finish that one :)


Jonathan Janz Donna wrote: "Jonathan wrote: "Donna wrote: "Thanks for the add. Can't wait to read The Darkest Lullaby and your other works."

Thank you so much, Donna! It's great to connect with you! I hope you enjoy my stuff..."


That's great to hear, Donna. I'm also glad you're reading The Brothers Karamozov. It's a beast of a book, but one that'll stay with you long after (hopefully, in a good way).

Thanks again for your kind words, Donna, and I'll talk to you soon! :-)

JJ


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Cathy Thanks for the add, Jonathan. I was wracking my brains, trying to figure out where I knew your name from...turns out I have one of your books waiting to be read on my Kindle. Great to 'meet' you on here :)


Jonathan Janz Cathy wrote: "Thanks for the add, Jonathan. I was wracking my brains, trying to figure out where I knew your name from...turns out I have one of your books waiting to be read on my Kindle. Great to 'meet' you on..."

Hey, that's awesome, Cathy! I hope you enjoy the book, and it's great meeting you too! :-)


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Maria Good Evening Jonathan. (using Alfred Hitchcock's voice, LOL)
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for the friend invite.

My Darling friend Donna read The Darkest Lullaby and liked it! I plan to read it soon (during a nice, sunny, cheerful day) but if I have nightmares, you're gonna hear about it!


Jonathan Janz Maria wrote: "Good Evening Jonathan. (using Alfred Hitchcock's voice, LOL)



for the friend invite.

My Darling friend Donna read The Darkest Lullaby and liked it! I plan to read it soon (during a nice, sunn..."


I love your Alfred Hitchcock voice, Maria!

Thanks for being my friend. I'm delighted to hear you are friends with Donna, whose review of The Darkest Lullaby I really enjoyed. And whether you derive the same enjoyment of the book as she did or not, it's great to meet you. :-)

JJ


message 43: by Maggie

Maggie Hi Jonathan!
Thanks for the friend invite!!! Maria and I plan on reading The Darkest Lullaby together. This might be my first "scary" book, I'll need her hand holding LOL
Thanks again!


Jonathan Janz Maggie wrote: "Hi Jonathan!
Thanks for the friend invite!!! Maria and I plan on reading The Darkest Lullaby together. This might be my first "scary" book, I'll need her hand holding LOL
Thanks again!"


That's wonderful, Maggie! And thanks for accepting my friend invite. I really hope you find the book scary (in a good way). :-)

It's great to meet you. I'll talk to you soon!


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Mariℓina Thank you for the friend invite i would love to discuss books with you.
Wishing you a happy New Year, Jonathan!

AND..

It's 2014!!!!! Wear your party hat and let's have a hoot!



Love, health and lots of books to everyone!!!


Jonathan Janz Marilina wrote: "Thank you for the friend invite i would love to discuss books with you.
Wishing you a happy New Year, Jonathan!

AND..

It's 2014!!!!! Wear your party hat and let's have a hoot!

Love, health ..."


What a lovely New Year's message, Marilina! And I'm sorry for the belated reply. Yes, I would love to discuss books with you! :-)


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Daniel Tfm Hey Jonathan, thanks so much for the friend invite!! :)


Jonathan Janz Daniel wrote: "Hey Jonathan, thanks so much for the friend invite!! :)"

Thank you for accepting it, Daniel! Great to meet you!


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Harmony Kent Hi Jonathan,
thanks for the friend invite ...
good luck with your newest book release.
I wish you every success in 2014.
Cheers
Harmony :)


Jonathan Janz Harmony wrote: "Hi Jonathan,
thanks for the friend invite ...
good luck with your newest book release.
I wish you every success in 2014.
Cheers
Harmony :)"


Thank you so much, Harmony, for your lovely message. I appreciate the kind words and hope your 2014 is also wonderful! :-)

JJ


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