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Jonathan Janz

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October 27

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Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories. His work has been championed by authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and Brian Keene; he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and School Library Journal. His ghost story The Siren and the Specter was selected as a Goodreads Choice nominee for Best Horror. Additionally, his novel Children of the Dark was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Horror Book of the Year. Jonathan’s main interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children. You can sign up for his newsletter (http://jonathanjanz.us12.list-manage....), and you can follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Amazon, and Goodreads.

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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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STRANGER THINGS and CHILDREN OF THE DARK

Howdy, friends. I haven’t blogged in…well, just about forever. That’s because my newsletter has usurped my blog and is now my main form of information dissemination and–


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“This thing shook me, Jason,” he said, his voice lower still. “Like every man, I’ve questioned my faith at times… especially after Ariana died. There are things I’m still not sure about. Like how can you hold it against somebody that he was born in a third-world country? If someone’s never heard of Jesus, how can we expect a person to believe in him? And then we…” He made a pained face, ran a palm over his stubbly cheeks. “…we put distance between ourselves and others. We pick out differences between people and we amplify them and act like they’re lost and we know the answers, and the truth is, we’re all lost. We’ve all sinned.”
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Jonathan Janz Jennifer wrote: "I am working my way through the works of Jonathan Janz.
I am a long time fan of John Saul and Richard Matheson and I am so glad to find an author I can enjoy as much as them.
The thing that strikes..."


Wow, thank you so much, Jennifer! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my work. I haven’t read John Saul yet, but Richard Matheson is one of my main influences and inspirations. Any time he gets mentioned, I light up.

Thanks again, Jennifer. This was very appreciated. :-)


message 128: by Jennifer (last edited Nov 21, 2018 05:04AM)

Jennifer I am working my way through the works of Jonathan Janz.
I am a long time fan of John Saul and Richard Matheson and I am so glad to find an author I can enjoy as much as them.
The thing that strikes me is that he writes horror that doesn't resolve into happy endings. The kind of endings where the evil is defeated and the heroes come through learning a lesson.
When the real monsters show up, no one gets away. That's a true horror novel.


message 127: by Jonathan

Jonathan Janz Mariℓina wrote: "Happy 2016, filled with love, happiness and a little bit of luck!
"


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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Donna 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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Jonathan Janz Maria wrote: "


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! :-)


message 100: by Alissa

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.


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!


message 95: by Maria

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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Donna 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 91: by Donna (last edited Apr 21, 2014 04:37PM)

Donna 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 90: by Donna

Donna 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!


message 89: by Maria

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 87: 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 *Mel Reader* 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 82: 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 80: by Maria

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


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