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House of Skin

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  167 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
All it needs to live again is fresh blood!

Myles Carver is dead. But his estate, Watermere, lives on, waiting for a new Carver to move in. Myles’s wife, Annabel, is dead too, but she is also waiting, lying in her grave in the woods. For nearly half a century she was responsible for a nightmarish reign of terror, and she’s not prepared to stop now. She is hungry to live agai
ebook, 401 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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4.5 stars!

HOUSE OF SKIN, by Jonathan Janz, is a thought-provoking, ghost/haunted house novel that is set in the perfect location to envision such a story. When Paul Carver is left the vast estate of Watermere, upon the passing of his Uncle Myles, he drops everything in his unfulfilling home life and eagerly jumps at the chance for a fresh start.

"All it needs to live again is fresh blood....."

What Paul doesn't count on is that he is the only person in the town that doesn't know anything about
This is copy 14 of 60 copies signed and numbered by Jonathan Janz.
Sarah Brocious
Oct 24, 2015 Sarah Brocious rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-good-scare
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If I ever happen to inherit an estate in the future...I will probably think twice about accepting after reading House of Skin. *shivers*

So much scary, anxiety inducing, nightmare like goodness to this story. (yes I said goodness) Mr. Janz definitely has a talent for painting creep. There are certain images I will never get out of my head!

Great read for this particular time of the year with Halloween drawing nigh.
Jul 02, 2016 Andi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
May 10, 2016 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! Another great scary story by Jonathan Janz. Always amazed how vividly he paints the scene as well as his characters. Highly recommended by me!
Jul 26, 2012 TJ rated it it was amazing
"House of Skin" is an outstanding supernatural tale that's filled with murder, obsession, possession, sex, chilling plot twists, and outstanding writing. Author Jonathan Janz has set the bar high for his next work because this novel is so hard to put down.

The plot revolves around the cursed Carver family and their estate, Watermere. When Paul Carver inherits the estate from his not-so-dear departed uncle, Miles Carver, he leaves his life and girlfriend behind in Memphis and moves to Indiana. As
Angel Gelique
Jan 13, 2014 Angel Gelique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A man inherits a house--not your average home, but rather, an estate--complete with its own name. Upon moving in, he begins to discover some disturbing facts about his deceased relatives. It doesn't take long for the past to catch up to the present as supernatural forces threaten to destroy the man and everything he holds dear.

I thought this book was very well written and had an interesting storyline. The author's brilliant use of figurative and descriptive language throughout the story made it
Jul 05, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Janz, author of such notable horror novels The Sorrows, Savage Species, Dust Devils, and the newly released Castle of Sorrows, has crafted a chilling story of madness, murder, and undying supernatural hunger. Paul Carver, wannabe writer, inherits his infamous relative's fortune and Victorian estate in rural Indiana. He moves there, thinking a fresh start will help him realize his dreams of becoming a horror novelist. But little does he know that truth is stranger than fiction, and after ...more
Jade Lopert
Feb 11, 2013 Jade Lopert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Alright, so every review of this book so far has given it lots of big shiny stars. I just can't though. This book is perhaps the single most unoriginal horror novel I have ever read (and that is saying A LOT). It's actually unfortunate, because I think Janz has wonderful gift for story telling and imagery. He managed to combine a back story and current story and make both equally as interesting which is one hell of a talent. His dialogue is completely believable and doesn't ever feel unnatural.

Jan 20, 2014 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, horror
Another fantastic book by Jonathan Janz!
This story captivates you from the beginning and doesn't let up. I had no idea where it was going and that is a good thing, predictably is not something you want in any book.
This was well written and Jonathan's frame story technique made it all the more intriguing.
You get it all with this book and it's definitely not for the faint at heart. Great characters (some likeable...some not so) and scenes. You will be shocked, horrified, grossed out and of course
Hunter Shea
Oct 22, 2012 Hunter Shea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, horror novels can be sexy, especially when they're crafted by an author at the top of his game. House of Skin is a dark ride down the into the depths of the corrupted souls that have lived in the Watermere estate. Intrigue and the ghosts of dirty deeds abound in one of the most gripping stories I've read all year. Who or what was Myles Carver and his deliciously deviant wife Annabel? And what has Paul Myles gotten himself into as he claims his inheritance on the haunted estate with a past s ...more
Jan 08, 2013 Gef rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, ghosts
After placing Jonathan's debut novel, The Sorrows, on my Fave Five of 2012 list, I was eager to see how his next effort, published in the second half of last year, would pan out. House of Skin is a title alluded to in The Sorrows, as the protagonist works on the score of a film project by that name, but I will say right now that the book threw me, because the horror went in a much different direction than I expected--and that's probably a good thing, too.

After his estranged uncle dies, Paul Carv
Angela Crawford
Feb 04, 2016 Angela Crawford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
House Of Skin is a super creepy tale of ghostly possesion that is sure to please. The setting is perfectly spooky and the characters are believable and for the most part sympathetic. I really felt bad for Paul and Julia as they struggle to escape the plans Annabel has for them. Annabel is terrifying and evil, the perfect villain for this haunting tale. The story starts off slowly but builds to an explosive ending that's not for the faint hearted. Fans of ghost stories like The Haunting of Hill H ...more
Rachel Hall
So I guess by my rating it's pretty clear that I was pretty unimpressed. This was another goodreads recommend I just happened to take a chance on so I'm not too broken up about it, but House of Skin is not something I would recommend to someone else. The plot is confused and forced because it seems the author tried to mash several archetypal horror stories into a a big jumbled mess that didn't ever quite come together for me, not even in the end. I would say maybe not put in the time to read thi ...more
Jan 29, 2014 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It's a first novel (or maybe just reads like one) that tries to cram too much into too small a space. There's some decent stuff here, but over-ambitious. Horror generally doesn't work well on a big canvas -- which is why Stephen King hasn't written anything decent in 25 years -- and that applies to themes as well as page count. Janz showed me enough that I'd pick up another one of his books if I came across it, but this one is merely "meh."
4.5 stars. Review pending!
Jul 08, 2016 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 29, 2016 Josef rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bored boobs fans
Sadly dull after a relatively interesting intro. Expected a kind of Dean Koontz styled cheese-fest but this book drags out for twice as long as it should be. I liked the idea of the overweight, bumbling hero but of course has to become cocky and muscle-bound by the end. Super boring sex scenes, boobs, boobs, boobs. Plenty of sexual assault too, cause that sure spells scary. The supernatural elements seemed tacked on and incongruous. WTF is up with the scene with MC's ex and the mirror? Bland set ...more
Daniel Rudge
House of Skin is one of those baffling novels where the writer introduces some interesting plot twists then gets bogged down in rather pedestrian dialogue. I struggled to finish this book because none of the main characters were very likeable. I really felt this book was written in three parts. The first part brought some delightful plotting, but it missed the mark on setting the proper tone. You have a house in the woods and yet no attempt is made to make the surrounding forest dark, foreboding ...more
May 15, 2015 Zora marked it as couldnt-get-into  ·  review of another edition
My main problem with this is that I didn't believe people would behave like this. Decent writing, though.
Apr 11, 2013 Kilgallen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, ghost, 2013-reads
Another wonderfully horrific story from Jonathan Janz! A great haunted house tale that pulls you in and doesn't let go. None of the characters are very likable and this adds to the validity of the story in my opinion. Afterall it SHOULD be the bad who get punished shouldn't it? This is not one for the faint of heart...or weak of stomach.
Sep 01, 2014 Lorie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good, not great. I wouldn't recommend it, I didn't like any of the characters enough to care what happened to them. It was kind of predictable.
Amanda Rardon
Aug 06, 2012 Amanda Rardon rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Read this book in 2 days! Recommended for those who love a good ghost story -just make sure you leave the lights on!
John Collins
Sep 25, 2014 John Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of Janz before this book. After hearing some solid word of mouth and I was interested in Samhain's horror line, I decided to give this a shot. It's always exciting to find a new ( to me anyway) author and Janz delivered. Solid charcters and a good pace, I always enjoy a good supernatural story and this one hits all the right notes.
A young man inherits a creepy mansion with a sordid past so horrible that the locals shun the house and anyone living in it. Obsession and vengeful
Aug 30, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
It was OK. Not bad, but not something I'd recommend right away as an awesome read.
Hm, this was a hard one to review. Janz definitely wears his influences on his sleeve for this 'haunted house' novel. I say haunted house because it takes place in a house that's being haunted, but the haunted house is definitely not the star of this book and didn't creep me out the way that it should. In fact a lot of the book takes place outside of the house, which I think is part of the reason that it never felt truly alive to me - it lacks that claustrophobic feeling of being trapped the way ...more
Lindsey Goddard
Mar 08, 2013 Lindsey Goddard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It puts an imaginative new spin on the classic "the house is alive" concept. And I don't feel as if I'm giving too much away or spoiling any surprises by saying that, because there are several more elements at play within these pages.

I will admit that towards the middle of this novel, the story started to drag and I was afraid I'd lose interest, but that quickly turned around as the plot approached its climax. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. There were some well done de
In this novel, Jonathan Janz pays tribute to gothic ghost stories and to the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, while spinning a modern horror tale full of mystery and hidden, horrifying secrets.
The tale unfolds gradually before our eyes and those of Myles Carver. The aura of mystery surrounding the house he inherits from an old uncle he knows nothing about is thick. Jonathan Janz very skillfully exposes the troubled past of the house and its inhabitants through a series of odd events and enigmatic char
Glenn Rolfe
Up front, I love Jonathan's style and ability to craft amazing beginnings. I believe this is his 2nd novel. It's filled with some great dialogue, a masterful job of weaving past and present, and Jonathan's natural gift with words.
House of Skin jumps out of the gate ready to roar. I found myself pulled in and eager to know what was going to happen. I was surprised (pleasantly so) by the initial exchanges by main character Paul Carver and his...interest, Julia. There were a few surprises in here.
Apr 01, 2016 Bobbi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was not a good read for me. I got to chapter 4 and well returned the book. I just couldn't get into it.
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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 Darke
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