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Old Order

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Horace Yoder thinks he's got the perfect scam. All he has to do is pretend to have been kicked out of an Amish order, get a job on a local farm and when the family is asleep steal their valuables and resell them for a tidy profit. Unfortunately for Yoder, the family has other ideas...and their plans are MUCH more sinister.

A new horror novella from the author of WITCHING HO
Kindle Edition, 42 pages
Published (first published September 11th 2010)
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Jul 06, 2015 Kaisersoze rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
A short and straight-forward early work from Jonathan Janz - he who has fast become one of my favourite (new-ish) horror writers. There's nothing overly remarkable about this tale of a man pretending to be someone else in order to rip off a seemingly harmless and innocent family somewhere out in the rural sticks. Of course, he finds more than he bargains for and, well, bad things occur.

But the early signs of Janz's effortless ease with words and his ability to draw you into the world he has cre
Apr 13, 2015 Scot rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Old Order by Jonathan Janz is like an episode of Tales from the Crypt with a little more spice. Farmers are easy marks, or so one would think, sitting on untold riches and just toiling the day away. Our protagonist is a criminal who preys on people who trust and don't suspect. But karma has a way of catching up with people.
Janz writes a convincing story of an antiques store owner who gets a lot more than he bargins for. The ending of this story is a horrid surprise and one that will sit with th
Jan 13, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing
A twistedly good horrific tale!
Superbly written by Jonathan Janz!!
Looking forward to my next JJ read. : D

Sorry Horace, but your intentions were not good. : (

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Jason Brant
Apr 07, 2015 Jason Brant rated it it was amazing
Packs a punch.

I love horror short stories and this is a great example of the medium done right. The characters were well done, the suspense always lingering just under the surface. This was a fun read.
Ken McKinley
Feb 21, 2015 Ken McKinley rated it really liked it
My first experience reading Jonathan Janz and this short story has a twisted Twilight Zone-kinda feel. Horace Yoder is a scam artist that pretends to be an Amish who has been kicked out of his order. He uses this ruse to get his way into a farm so that he can case the joint and steal their valuables while everyone is sleeping. Unfortunately, Horace picks the wrong farm. This was a fun read with good character development. I enjoy Janz style and look forward to reading more of his work.

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Apr 26, 2011 Kilgallen rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully disturbing novella. I will definately be looking at more offerings from Jonathan Janz. Not for the timid! I loved this story!
Ron Santo
May 24, 2011 Ron Santo rated it it was amazing
This is a tremendous read! Horror at its finest. This vivid novella tickles all of the senses en route to an ending that is shocking, disturbing and yet oddly satisfying :-) If you are a fan of authors like Stephen King, Jack Ketchum and Joe R. Lansdale, then do yourself a favor and read this offering. I promise, you will not be able to put it down.
Mar 12, 2012 TJ rated it really liked it
I loved this great novella from Jonathan Janz. Old Order is a wonderfully crafted work that will keep even the most veteran horror fan guessing. The novella has a great Twilight Zone feel to it and Rod Serling would be proud! I look forward to reading more from this promising young author.
Apr 06, 2015 Noigeloverlord rated it it was amazing
Janz nails it

A great creepy novella that builds with each page turned and comes to a horrifying conclusion. Jonathan Janz brings the Horror!
Roberta Goodman
Oct 17, 2012 Roberta Goodman rated it liked it
When a man with ulterior motives shows up at farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, he ends up getting more than he bargained for. Claiming to be looking to work for a meal and a bed for the night, Horace Yoder is invited in by Daniel Carrick. After meeting the majority of Daniel’s family, and noticing the house is filled with valuable objects, he’s soon put to work alongside another hired hand named Deek Flowers. After being shown the primitive bunkroom where he’s to spend the night, Horace decide ...more
Colum Mcknight
Jan 05, 2015 Colum Mcknight rated it liked it
Good backwoods pulp fare

This is a good little story in the vein Richard Laymon and Ed Lee's backwoods horror-sex romps. Definitely something that fans of the splatterpunk movement will enjoy, but with less splatter than expected.

The story starts off slow, but then the writing picks up and chugs along like a steam engine fuelled by wanton lust and depravity.
christina cooper
Jul 17, 2015 christina cooper rated it really liked it

Nice little story with a shockingly great twisted ending! Very cool, will look for more by this author and recommend to fans of modern horror.
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Shelves: horror, short-stories
In this short story, a nasty scam artist gets out foxed by a rural family.
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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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