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The Darkest Lullaby

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Ellie Crane doesn't believe in demons or vampires, but she still hates the idea of moving into a creepy old house. But when her husband's aunt bequeaths them a sprawling forest estate, Ellie finds herself stuck in a setting straight out of a horror movie. Then the real horror begins. After a gruesome accident on the night of their arrival, Ellie awakens to find something ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Flame Tree Press (first published April 2nd 2013)
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This hardcover is numbered 14 of 60 copies produced and is signed by Jonathan Janz.
Ms. Nikki

It started out great then descended to good.
A wife and husband inherit a house.
The husband goes crazy without much account.
He does some wacky things we are supposed to accept,
but his wicked dead aunt is highly adept.
She's pulling the strings and some other things.
The dog, Petey, is not who he seems.
Wife becomes pregnant
and a story gets told
of why babies are needed,
brought into the fold.
Up pops the wife's sister,
which is very coincidental.
She tells a little story
that's kind
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE DARKEST LULLABY, by Jonathan Janz, is one of his "earlier" novels that I just now got around to reading. This is not so much a "haunted house" tale as it is a "haunted people" one.

Chris and Ellie Crane are in great financial difficulty when Chris suddenly inherits his Aunt's old home among acres of private land. Of course, being a horror novel, you can just imagine all that could go wrong here.

". . . the forest was a sentient thing . . . This place was alive . . . "

I felt that Janz was
Kevin Lucia
Okay....just wrote a big thing here, and accidentally deleted it. Here goes again......

Prose is efficient and well-crafted. My issues with this are the same issues I have with lots of horror fiction....

- lots of rationalizations of completely irrational things. Everything is very obvious, and they are idiots for staying and letting everything happen to them

- how many novels do we need about teachers who leave their teaching jobs to pursue writing full-time, which just leaves them more time to
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, horror
Jonathan Janz indeed has a very vivid imagination. This was a chilling novel with it's share of graphic and utterly terrifying scenes. Reading over the Halloween holiday only added to scare factor. If you like horror and suspense with an adult genre, then by all means pick up a copy, this ones for you. The great story line will hook you in from the beginning and keep you wanting more.
Laura Thomas
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I’m always thrilled to read another book by Jonathan Janz and he got me once again with The Darkest Lullaby.

Talk about scary. If it’s not one thing driving this family to the brink, it’s another. The story gets creepier, things come out of the dark to haunt and terrorize, and there’s no letting down your guard. I almost did with one character. Learned my lesson. LOL

If you like crazy, very unpredictable and downright creepy stories and an author who doesn’t flinch at killing off their characters,
Chris and Ellie move into his Aunt Lilith's old house and land which is haunted. With the house and land used to be used by a demonic cult, can they survive with a baby on the way or will they go insane? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good spine-tingling horror story. Definitely check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.
Toni | Dark Reads
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
I’ve come to the conclusion that you are always in for a treat with a Jonathan Janz book, I invariably look forward to getting stuck into one of his Novels, The Darkest Lullaby was no exception to the rule.

The setting is perfect for a Demonic Cult tale, Chris and Ellie have inherited his late Aunt Lilith’s estate, the house is old and is surrounded by forestland. As always Janz’s imagery was excellent, from the run-down house, the stream, bridge and clearings to the creepy woods that envelope
Kelly Van Damme
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Hi and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Darkest Lullaby! Many thanks to Anne Cater for the invitation and to Flame Tree Press for the eARC through NetGalley. And kudos to both for seducing me into accepting the invite when I had sworn I would most certainly not take on any more tours this month What can I say, I’m a sucker for Flame Tree Press, the publisher that’s been scratching all my horror itches since 2018, the one that reminded me of how much fun horror can be when it’s done ...more
Having read a couple of Jonathan Janz books, I knew I was in for a proper scare. The book did not disappoint with cults, demonic realms, and vampirism and immortality.

Chris had inherited a remote house and land around it from Aunt Lillith. Wide Ellie was nor keen on moving. (The house was painted in black with black walls. I wouldn't want to move too.) Ellie became pregnant and soon got to know what really had happened to Lillith in the clearing near the house.

A good roller coaster scary ride,
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris inherits a remote piece of property from his Aunt Lilith. Chris's wife Ellie is not very happy about relocating to a place that is so isolated from the real word. Ellie wants to get pregnant and raise a family in their new home. Rumors by the locals, say that Lilith belong to an occult group. It is said that they performed rituals and sacrifices in the wood. Chris and Ellie will find out that they have one hell of a roller coaster ride in store from them. Janz is a good writer and an ...more
Doreen Petersen
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
OMG this book just blew me away it was so good! Great book, great author! Definitely a must read!
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another Jonathan Janz added to my shelves! I won this in a contest and was excited to dive in! And I wasn’t disappointed! As I got into the story I came to see this as more a haunted land, malevolent spirits story filled with demons, vampires, a cult and dual existence. “Something wrong with the land, the forest was a sentient thing.”

If you have read any of his other stories you know that no one is safe and I love that. He brings great character development to his works, you care about them,
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-of-2019
I was fortunate enough to win an ARC of The Darkest Lullaby from Flame Tree Press, and I loved having the opportunity to read another book by Jonathan Janz. It’s a dark, creepy take on a haunted location story, bringing with it a unique version of vampires, cults, and family secrets.

There are some scenes that seem somewhat rushed, that leave you wondering how you got to that particular plot point, but overall, this book is a great read, with moments that make your skin crawl and leave you
Jun 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Catherine Cavendish
I am desperately late coming to this one but, late or not, I had to post a review. Jonathan Janz is held in high regard by writers and readers alike. There is one simple reason for this. He writes great stories. The Darkest Lullaby is gripping, scary, sad, suspenseful and ultimately rewarding in the best tradition of twisted endings. I loved the dark atmosphere, the manifestations written with cinematic clarity. In fact, this book has the potential to be a great film. Ellie had her faults and ...more
Diana Donnelly
This was a Goodreads win. I haven't read any type of horror book in years. There was a time I really enjoyed both Stephen King and Dean Koontz but that was in my younger years. I'm probably not a good one to rate this book because of that. I enjoyed the first half and then I lost interest. It was too bizarre and it lost me. I was less than 50 pages to finishing and I just gave up
Aug 22, 2019 added it
The Darkest Lullaby follows Chris and Ellie who are down on there luck and have decided to live in Chris’s aunt’s old house not being able to sell it they hope to raise a family there but being a horror novel you know things aren’t going to go well. For one the aunt was rumoured to be in a cult and believed she could somehow return as a vampire.

I won’t say to much about this as I wouldn’t want to give anything away, but the author does a brilliant job with the setting and the forest surrounding
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, library-books
"I came to tell you about the previous owner of this land, " Doris said. "A man named Gerald Destragis."

The year is 1932 and Gerald was newly into America, where he purchased the land the house would come to stand for years, and where he would encounter Lillith Martin. The closest thing to a relationship, his beliefs would caress into Lillith's mind, until she too was captivated by the illusions where you could reach immortality. It traversed four lifetimes, each tainting the soul before you
Caroline Venables
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really do love Jonathan’s books and have read quite a few. Dust Devils, The Dark Game, House of Skin, so I was thrilled to be able to read this book.

This book follows Chris and his wife Ellie, who inherit his aunt’s house. Most people would be thrilled but the house isn’t what they expect and Ellie is reluctant to live in such a dark place. The house also comes with a wealth of history, there are stories upon stories about what his aunt got up to.

As with all his book’s Jonathan Janz manages
Adrienne Adams-loberger
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Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Janz! This is the 4th book I've read by him in the past couple of weeks. It was just as awesome as the others! Gamete of emotions, suspense, horror, gore... Love this author!! If you haven't read anything by him, you really should. I read nothing but horror, and I read a lot. This guy is easily my top favorite author!!

Hurry!! Go check him out!!
Dallas Kitchens
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing , there is nothing wrong with this book at all. Mr janz has done it again. In all the dark bottomless ocean of books of what to read out there, Jonathon, surpasses everbody. He is a king among princes and paupers. I give this book 6 out of 5 stars. Thanks again, jj
Tina Marie
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Jonathan Janz is brilliant and knows how to tall a story! This one will not disappoint and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Full of demons, vampires, lust, sex, and murder. Spookishly delicious!!!!
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book truly disappointed me. And now I’m sad :(
Josh Warfel
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid mix of haunted house, ghost story, sex demons, and in utero horror.
Mika Lietzén
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The Darkest Lullaby by Jonathan Janz (Samhain, 2013) is a novel with a great beginning and a good finish, and a whole lot of nonsense in between.

The story goes as they always do: a couple, Chris and Ellie, inherit an old house, only to realize that they've gained more than just a decrepit piece of real estate. Located on a vast, forested tract of land somewhere in Indiana, the house used to be a center for a child-sacrificing coven of cultists.

The beginning of the novel reads like an unpublished
Ron Santo
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a creepy story!! The two main characters (a husband and wife named Chris and Ellie Crane) move to a secluded house in the middle of a forest hoping to start a family. What happens at the house and on the land I’ll let you find out for yourself, but in my opinion this was Janz’s most unsettling book. I was also surprised by where my allegiances began and then ended up. At one moment you like one character, at another you’re rooting for another character. Yet through it all the ...more
James McNally
This is my first official read for 2015. I saved my opinion of this book until the end. If this review contains spoilers, i'm sorry. It was not my intention. This is not my favorite book by this author that I have read so far. I liked this book. The opening scenes were scary and well written. I wanted to love this book, but I can’t make that claim. I believe the reason is Ellie. She is the main character, but I did not like her. The character seemed bland and featureless to me. I read on as she ...more
Gordon Howard
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chris inherits a remote estate that was owned by his Aunt Lillith. He and his wife Ellie have no idea of the horror that is about to enter their lives when they relocate to Aunt Lillith's home after her death.

If you enjoy good stories about demons, vampires and paranormal happenings, you will like this book. The characters are believable and the book really 'flows'. By that I mean there are no parts of the book that do not thoroughly hold your attention. There just are no good places to put the
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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 ...more