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Jake's Wake

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Pastor Jake promised his followers everlasting life. . . he just didn't say what kind. So when the small-town televangelist and con man climbs out of his coffin at his own wake, it becomes Judgement Day for everyone gathered to mourn - or celebrate - his death. Jake is back, in the rotting flesh, filled with anger and vengeance. And accompanied by demons even more fighteni ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 317 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Leisure Books (Dorchester Publishing Co.) (first published December 30th 2008)
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Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
For those uninitiated (and shame on you!), John Skipp, along with Craig Specter, wrote some of the most original, gut-wrenching and viscerally refreshing horror in the late 80's to mid 90's, arguably the reigning Kings of Splatterpunk Horror. Despite the fact that the duo parted ways a while ago, Skipp joined the now-defunct Leisure Horror stable of horror writers with THE LONG LAST CALL, and it seemed like old times. Now, with co-writer, Cody Goodfellow, it seems like those "old times" are here ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
A truly wild and macabre ride by one of the founders of splatterpunk! Jake was a true amoral asshole-- a con man, pimp, rock musician, and finally, a cable televangelist for his Church of the Resurrection. Anything to make a quick buck and keep his willy wet could have been Jake's motto. Jake, however, in one philandering fling encountered an enraged boyfriend with a knife and that was it for Jake, or so everyone thought. Jake's widowed wife Esther was having something of wake for Jake, and in t ...more
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
So I started and finished my first book of 2009, and it looks like this is going to be a good year. Jake's Wake is a fun filled horror fest of zombie-riffic magnitude.

Short Synopsis - Jake is a Jerk... see how close the words are? Jake is scum of the most terrible sort, womanizing, abusing, just plain evil nasty guy. But he's got charisma... and he decides to throw his rock band plans to the wayside and use this charisma to run a church, being a psychotic television evangelist and massing quite
David Agranoff
Mar 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro, splatterpunk
Jake’s Wake by John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow.
The novel is about a whack job TV preacher who returns from the dead at his own funeral and it is fast paced wild ride. Tons of cringe worthy moments of gross-outs and equal amounts of hilarious prose.

This book is a warning shot across the bow. It’s a warning that massive destruction and absolute terror is on the way. It’s not to say that Jake’s wake is not a powerful book, it’s fantastic horror read. I just feel Skipp and Goodfellow are warming up f
Melissa Helwig
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
John Skipp is one of the masters of splatterpunk, and anything written by him is usually gory fun. And Jake's Wake is no exception.

Jake's Wake is about Jake's wake. Jake is a television evangelist who doesn't practice what he preaches. He exploits people's beliefs to make money and to gain minor fame. He lives for sex, drugs and violence. When he dies, most people close to him count it as a blessing. But at his wake, there's an unexpected guest: Jake himself, resurrected from the dead, ready to
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Clive Barker's pull quote from the back of the book states that Jake's Wake is "amongst the forerunners of modern horror." I would agree. The pairing of John Skipp, who is new to me, and Cody Goodfellow, who I have been reading, write a gruesome tale of Pastor Jake. At his wake are assembled an interesting group of individuals and as the evening unfolds, Jake not only climbs out of his coffin, but his black secrets unfolds, snaring each character into his web.

The strength of this book is defini
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Way too long. Good, if you want something that makes violence very boring--however, the same effect can be had with more style and substance from Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. Best read if understood as a comic novel, in which department it doesn't entirely disappoint. Patches of okay writing---
What were the commentators who said that the last 17 pages tied up or redeemed this novel, as not essentially a waste of time, taking about?
Crystal Hiatt
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Not Skipp's best work, but still a decent enough addition to the splatterpunk genre.
This novel delivers social commentary on issues of religion, misogyny, social development, media influence and how all these things shape humanity (some for better, most for worse). Despite these heavy handed issues at play, there is still gore aplenty and enough black humor to keep it from going too dark.
The biggest issue for me: There were too many characters. More and more kept getting introduced and it real
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Started off quickly but then sagged badly for about 70 pages. I was just about ready to give it up when it finally picked up. It kept me reading after that and the end was good. Extremely gory, which I expected. Overall, I enjoyed it, although as I've aged I've become somewhat less sanguine about brutality. Lots of brutality in this one, but I can't say I wasn't expecting it because I've read Skipp's work before. ...more
Craig DiLouie
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In JAKE’S WAKE by John Skipp, now officially one of my favorite authors, and Cody Goodfellow, Pastor Jake is a psychopath who also happens to be a televangelist with a strong following of devout Christians. When his excesses lead to his murder, a small group of people gather at his remote mansion to mourn and fight over exactly who Jake was: a man of God or a man with a gluttonous appetite for evil. Jake has one more surprise in store for them–he rises from the dead and returns home to deliver p ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it liked it
I would have given this 3 and a half stars if you could do that on goodreads. This is an INSANE horror novel that manages to fit social satire and interesting commentaries on religion, abuse, humanity, the media and modern society comfortably next to intensely gory shocks. I was definitely very impressed. This one didn't sweep me off my feet quite as easily as Skipp's previous novel, "The Long Last Call", but it is also twice the length of that one, so the action isn't as condensed. Once this on ...more
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jan 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Read this the week it came out, and I really enjoyed the writing. It picked me up and carried me along swiftly. None of the characters are particularly likable, but they all have failings that was easy to identify with. It had a very cinematic feel, which is naturally considering this was a screenplay first.

As the novel progressed, I felt like there were a lot of extras pulled into the story that was unnecessary. They help show the effects of Jake's resurrection on the wider world, but this migh
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
This started off with a bang and was a really fast first. It sort of bogged down in the middle though but finished up ok. The ending was a twist that i didn't really see coming. Lots of horror, sexual innuendo, violence, etc. The characters are a strange mix and are strange in themselves. Some you want to survive and some you would like to kill yourself. ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a crazy fast-paced horror novel that starts out in a rather traditional way, has a really funny and unique chase scene in the middle, mixes in some not-too-serious sex and violence, and goes out with an apocalyptic bang. Never trust those televangelists... they're always causing trouble for their friends and associates. A great read for a lazy hot afternoon in a hammock. ...more
Kevin Lucia
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
So far - wow. The opening chapter is a hard, left right to the jaw. We're given a little space to recoup...and then back from the dead comes Jake, thirsting for more. ...more
Alexander C.  Bailey
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Skipp and Goodfellow. I will most certainly be coming back for more. I will say this book isn’t for the faint of heart. I can definitely see why Skipp is part of the splatterpunk genre.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow...some parts in this will move you to tears. And the's been years since I've read this, and that ending is still fresh in my mind. ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was a great book and plot its about a fake prechaer named jake whos a bad person he dose bad things its worth the read its a 10 out of 10
Cassandra  Glissadevil
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
4.5 stars!
Stomach churning, visceral terror. Best car wreck description I ever read.
Welcome addition to any splatterpunk horror collection.
Carl Alves
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jake Connaway is a rocker turned cable televangelist preaching that he will one day be resurrected. His chance to prove this theory happens when he is murdered by the husband of one of his followers as he’s having sex with the man’s wife. Jake’s outrageous claims comes to pass when he comes back to life during his wake. Convinced that he is the second coming of Christ, he sees himself as a godlike figure and goes on a violent killing rampage. Among the victims are the people at his house, which ...more
Jun 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
Oh man, did I hate this book. Couldn't even get halfway through it. I found it pointless, dull, plotless, stupid torture porn with weak characters and an uneven confusing narrative. I stomached it as long as I could, hoping it would improve, but finally tossed it aside (and yes, I literally tossed it) when Jake referred to some demon as Mom and then started to go into a flashback. A few things in life must be avoided at all costs, and an undead fake preacher with unresolved Mommy issues is one o ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Televangelist Jake was a shyster who abused the women in his life and had a huge libido. he is stabbed by a woman's jealous boyfriend. for reasons that are never fully explained, he comes back from the dead and travels back to his house where three main women in his life and others are gathered. Teaming up with a psychotic friend and nearly indestructible, he sets out on a mission of slaughtering everyone he once knew. Why? we don't know. Nothing anyone does in the book really makes a whole lot ...more
Shawn Manning
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I've been a fan of Mr.Skipp since the 8o's , so I was very excited to find this book. I was somewhat disappointed after reading it. The basic premise, a sociopath televangelist returns from the dead, is solid. However, the story would have been better served by some judicious editing. If it had been whittled down to about 100-150 pages it would have worked nicely. The only thing that saves it at it current length are the last 30 pages or so. ...more
Kurt Vosper
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I have been a fan of John Skipp since I read his vampire collaboration, Light at the End (which btw, is silly Twilight crap in that book). Anyway, I have read quite a bit of his stuff and I always enjoy it (including this time). Jake's Wake is not going to blow you away or make your must re-read list, but it can be a fun read. People, starting with Jake (who is not a nice preacher) are coming back from the dead. There are your requisite good guys and the not quite good guys. ...more
E.S. Magill
Apr 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Two of my favorite writers and guys--Skipp and Cody. Not for the feint of heart. Violent and vulgar--a perfect combo from the Wonder Twins. Makes me yearn for the good ol' Splatterpunk days. And on a me-note, I'm listed in Cody's acknowledgments--which in no way prejudices my judgment of this novel. Not at all. Looking forward to more from these two--together or independently. ...more
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in splatter gore and dark horror!
Recommended to Rex by: I found it at my local library book sale. Knew the authors already so quickly snatched it up and bought it.
Total brain candy but oh so good! Like one reviewer mentioned its a real page turner in the beginning, slows down in the middle, but picks back up at the end. The ending was totally unexpected. Out of 5 I think this one deserves a 4 for all the carnality, blood, gore, sex, violence, and pure sleaziness!
Craig Wesley Wall
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another great horror story from John Skipp. Even though the shift in author style is clearly evident in this one, the story still flows well, with only a couple minor bumps toward the end of the book. Great action scenes with the classic visceral descriptions of gore that we've come to expect from Skipp. Very well written, a must read for horror fans. ...more
Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Awesome, gory, whacky, fun stuff!
Mar 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Good, engrossing horror. Most of the characters were decently fleshed out. There were a few chapters that seemed unnecessary to the overall plot. I particularly enjoyed the ending.
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