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Deadlight Jack

(The Faceless One #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Worse things than gators lurk in the Louisiana swamp. . . . The author of The Faceless One fuses the twisted imagination of Fritz Leiber with the razor-sharp plotting of Joe Hill in this rollicking horror thriller.
Appearances can be deceiving. Take Jimmy Kalmaku. Anyone passing him on the streets of Lake Nisqually, Washington, would merely see an elderly man. But Jimmy
Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Hydra (first published January 26th 2016)
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Off-beat and unexpectedly entertaining, Deadlight Jack delivers a delightful supernatural horror read. George and Jimmy, African-American and Native American respectively, found themselves teaming up after becoming friends in a nursing home. (Yes, a nursing home. Both our main characters are well past middle age.) They’ve already solved one case together, one that nearly killed them. They didn’t expect they’d find themselves embarking on another adventure. At least not so soon. But then George’s ...more
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I requested "Deadlight Jack", I had no idea that it was the second book in a series. As it is, that does not matter in the least because this book works very well as a stand alone novel.
George Watters is African-American and Jimmy Kalmaku is a Tlingit shaman. They have been best friends for a very long time and both have a connection to the supernatural. When George's young grandson disappears in the Louisiana bayou, George and Jimmy fly across the country to rescue the young boy and come
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This was a well thought out scary book that is very much a standalone novel though second in a series.

DEADLIGHT JACK is quite simply a man who is not a man that steals children in the bayous of the South. Our heroes are a Native American and an African American who use mythological powers to battle Jack and others like him.

There are so many things that I liked about this book. First the author took his time building the story. There was no need to read the first book first. The characters were n
Morgan Scorpion
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book came as a massive disappointment to me. If I had been rating the first chapter alone, I would have given it a five. Professor Foxfire was by far one of the scariest villains I've encountered in the world of books. Unfortunately, familiarity caused this impression to wear off. Before long, the book deteriorated into soap opera, and although there was a fine supernatural tale in there too, it was marred by whimsy, and by a Deus ex Machina ending. I say ending, but with the defeat of Prof ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Posted on my blog Deadlight Jack Review


When I asked for this book on Netgalley I didn’t know it was a second book in a duology. But after reading a few reviews on Goodreads that said this book can be read as a standalone, I choose to read it because the synopsis sounded very interesting. They were right, you can read this book without reading book 1.

In this book we read about the two best friends George and Jimmy. They are two men in their 70, living together and fighting supern
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, horror
Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh is a follow up to his 2013 novel The Faceless One. Jimmy Kalmaku and George Watters are back for another battle against the paranormal. Although those two characters are the same, this can be read as a stand alone novel. You do not need to have read the first one to enjoy the second.

George's grandson Donny vanishes while on a family vacations to Louisiana. He has been taken by Deadlight Jack, aka Professor Foxfire, a supernatural being who feeds off the pain and s
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
An very thrilling read. I am about to go grab a copy of The Faceless Ones and will put Onspaugh on my list of authors to watch.
J.M. Cornwell
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From the Pacific Northwest to the Louisiana bayou, Mark Onspaugh's latest tale begins with 4-year-old George Watters and ends with Tlingit-Inuit Shaman Jimmy Kalmaku, ghosts, revenants, and all the horrors that Professor Foxfire musters against the 70-year-old Jimmy and George. Professor Foxfire is only one of the many names of the nightmare that is Deadlight Jack who lures children away from their families to feed the swamp lights and Jack.

George Watters lost his father in World War II and then
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Deadlight Jack was a unique and interesting read. A trickster god wreaking havoc in the swamps of Louisiana. The setting lends itself to that gorgeous cover, it's one of the best self-pub covers I've ever seen.

I truly enjoyed George and Jimmy, two old men that met in a convalescent home back in book 1 and saved the world together. (I have not read book 1 and was able to follow the plot of book 2 just fine.) George is an irrespresible appreciator of women. Jimmy is a reluctant shaman. Both are he
Clinton Sites
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is not your normal horror novel - I'll never look at swamp lights the same.

This is a continuation of another novel by this author - but in the sense the protaganists are the same in both novels.
The author captures the sense of deep friendship that comes from shared troubles. The novel starts gently for a horror novel, but simultaneously ramps up the chills and fears that we bring from our childhoods.

The authors writing is consistent from start to finish with what rings for me as true resear
alan l jarbeau
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love those novels with Louisiana locations.

I really enjoyed the novel immensely. There's times I feel my ancestors must have originated from Louisiana,as I seem to be drawn to stories relating to this state. I Loved the constant banter between the two main characters jimmy and George . It provided not only a degree of humor at times ,but also a degree of reality to the story as a whole. I also loved the character who played the villain Deadlight Jack .The character seems like it could actually b
James H. Jaqua
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty creepy.

A strange tour through the big swamp, where an evil spirit causes all sorts of misery to those who enter therein. The old guys, George and Jimmy, turn out to be the heroes, especially George. Jimmy, a Thlinget, gives him much support and encouragement. All the children add to the story.
Katie Weigle
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Better than the first one even!

The writing and characters are great and the first book was a great read as well, waiting for the third to come out and will be enthusiastic to read it!
Elizabeth Dodd
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quite an amazing read!
If you appreciate American Gods by Neil Gaiman, this may be just what you need.
Seemingly ordinary people who have extraordinary depths.
When is age "old" and when is it "timeless"?
Certainly not your everyday book. And I mean that in the most complimentary way.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review originally published at Book of Bogan.

Hans Christian Andersen meets the denizens of Swamp People in this dark, and disturbing pseudo-fairy tale set in the Louisiana bayou.

Deadlight Jack brings together a cast of interesting characters, drawn into a world beyond the one we ordinary folk see around us. The two main roguish protagonists access abilities, and insight which some might see as being magical. The men are set on a quest to rescue a child who has been taken by a devious, will-o-the
3.5 stars
Annette Murray
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
What's not to love about two old guys that busted themselves out of the old folk's home and fight evil? ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second in what I like to call "The charming old codgers" series does not disappoint. Another interesting, creative little horror story. ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Can't wait for more stories with Jimmy & George. ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is not a book to read at night.


This is not a book to read at night.

I generally don’t really creeped out by books but this one, well it creeped me out….big time. Take the cover for instance. The dude’s one orange eye and the salamander are creepy. Then add the swamp and the creepiness factor just goes up.

Now, this book starts off after the events of The Faceless One. Jimmy and George are living together, but not together if you know what I mean. After saving the world in the first boo
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, read-in-2016
Jimmy Kalmaku and George Watters are best friends, but neither one is the typical horror novel hero. They're both in their seventies, Jimmy is a Tlingit man from a small village in Alaska, and George is a black man from Georgia. They first met and became friends in a nursing home, in the previous book. I didn't actually realize that this was the second book in a series when I started reading it, but I had no problem following along.

Jimmy and George's quiet life is disrupted when George's grands
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for NetGalley.
Polly Krize
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I will definitely be searching for the book The Faceless One to discover the previous adventures of Jimmy Kalmaku and George Watters in their battle against the paranormal. Truly frightening, the character of Professor Foxfire aka Deadlight Jack, aka ? is on a par with Leland Gaunt in King's Needful Things for evilness. The luring of children is a powerful theme, and I would not want to read this in the dark of night. Recommended.
Marisa Shepherd
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It had great characters, a compelling story and had me hooked. I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
Mr Robin Smith
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s Louisiana in 1946 and little Georgie (age 5) had been told by his Grandpa not to go near the swamp at the bottom of the garden on his own; now Grandpa has died but in the night comes a knocking on his window and Grandpa is there with a man called Professor Foxfire, who claims to be a friend. However Professor Foxfire is no friend and wants to lure Georgie away through the window to join his band of ghost children living in the swamps; the ghost of Grandpa can’t help, but fortunately Georgie ...more
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This book is actually a sequel, hopefully second in a series - because it is fantastic. Even though it is a sequel I did not feel lost, but it also didn't give away so much about the first book as to spoil it. I'm actually going back to the first book now. (And can't wait for more!)
The characters and the supernatural powers are reminiscent of Stephen King. In fact, I think that main character George could be
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
George and Jimmy, old farts on another mission to save the world

Jimmy Kalmaku, the last shaman of the Tlingit Eskimo village of Yanut, Alaska, and George Watters, his African-American friend (both in their seventies), now live in their own small house in Lake Nisqually, Washington.

Their story first started in THE FACELESS ONE and they had both been shuffled off to a retirement home in it. If you haven't read this first book, you should. It's not absolutely necessary in understanding the happeni
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was an interesting mix of humor, horror, family struggles, magic, and Native American mythology. Basically, a little boy goes missing, his family searches for him, and meets some very unsavory characters along the way. The protagonist, Deadlight Jack, truly is the stuff of nightmares. The author did a fantastic job building the gruesome, creepy world that he rules deep in the swamps of Louis
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What struck me immediately in this novel, was that the bad guy, is truly bad. I love when an author can evoke terror in the first chapter of the book and keep that building until the end. I hate when an evil character seems one dimensional, and that was not the case here.

I love the older horror books from the 1970's and early 80's and this book had that feel. In this novel, one should be every bit as afraid of the things they cannot see as they should the things they can. I also liked the main
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