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You're cordially invited to dinner. Penthouse access is available via the broken freight elevator. Black tie optional.

A dinner party is held in the penthouse of a multimillion-pound development. All the guests are strangers - even to their host, the billionaire owner of the building. None of them know why they were selected to receive his invitation. Whether privileged or
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published November 26th 2020 by Gollancz
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Apr 05, 2020 marked it as tbr-unreleased  ·  review of another edition
I'm ready to get my heart ripped out and stamped upon yet again by Jonny Sims, this time in book form!!

this is fine
The debut novel from Jonathan Sims, best known as the creator and star of the horror podcast The Magnus Archives, revolves around a London building. Banyan Court is the creation of billionaire entrepreneur Tobias Fell (who supposedly inhabits the penthouse, though nobody ever seems to see him). It's divided into two parts, and they are polar opposites: a set of expensive luxury apartments on one side, a designated block of 'affordable housing' on the other. Each chapter concentrates on the story ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superb Cover!
As for the story I am not 100% sure what I just read or how much enjoyed or was baffled by it
I will try and explain
Banyon Court is an affluent residential block in London, the penthouse is lived in by Tobias, a multi billionaire who commissioned and owns the whole building, there is also a not so affluent side ( at the back ) where the ‘poor’ people live, the book is then a set of short stories based around people who live there or are associated with the building ie a plumber, the
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirteen Storeys is an anthology of short stories that come together in the end to tell the tale of Tobias Fell's death. Each chapter is about a resident or employee of Banyan Court (a London high rise with luxury apartments on one side and affordable housing on the other) each who are 'haunted' in one form or another.

Like all anthologies some stories are more compelling than others, but they were all necessary and purposeful. My favorites were Bad Penny, The Knock, Viewing Essential, A stubbor
“The Life and Dismemberment of Tobias Fell?”

Looking forward to a new place to live? Then how about a move to Banyan Court?

You’re not too rich or poor to move to Banyan Court, so long as the poor people stay away from the rich part of the building and stay over on their own decrepit side.

Too bad the ghost don’t care about the income or status of the tenant. I’m just confused about why they haunt whom they haunt?

Maybe I missed something during the five days I spent reading this book. Hopefully, so
Jun 29, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, buddy-read
3.5 stars!

Thirteen Storeys was pretty good. The writing was well done and descriptive.
I thought the 13 individual stories of the tenants in Banyan Court ranged from "meh" to "I like this weirdness and supernatural vibe!".

The stories are about twelve people that live or work in a London high-rise building that’s created by Tobias Fell, and the last story involves the actual owner of the building.
Tobias is an unethical billionaire that’s built a building of extremes. One side is low-income housing
Nils | nilsreviewsit
Thirteen Storeys is the debut release by Award-winning The Magnus Archives podcaster, Jonathan Sims. Part horror, part thriller and part paranormal, this is a deliciously dark twisted tale where you will enter a haunted house quite like no other.

Our story is set in Banyan Court - a thirteen storey residential development built in London and owned by the infamous billionaire entrepreneur, Tobias Fell. Banyan Court was built to accommodate both rich and poor residents, with the apartments being di
Louise Wilson
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dinner party is being held in the penthouse of a multimillion pound development. All the guests are strangers, even their host, the billionaire owner of the building. None of them know why they were selected to receive his invitation. They all share one thing in common,they've all experienced a shocking disturbance within the buildings walls.

What a creepy and suspense filled read. The first 12 storeys focus on one of the invited guests at the party. There's quite a lot of characters and I kep
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, horror, mystery, crime

The dead are dead. Justice is for the living.

They have never met the billionaire Tobias Fell, the thirteen people who are invited to his dinner party. They have also nothing in common, except living in the same building as Tobias Fell or working for one of his many companies.
Oh, except they all seem to experience weird occurrences inside the building.

Some say there's no such thing as ghosts. Some say houses can't be haunted. But one thing is for sure, buildings can't get sick. Or could they?
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fuck rich people 😌
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Secret Readers.

I wasn't so sure about this at first because I've never actually read a horror book, I've read thrillers but never horror so it was a bit of a leap in the dark but I'm glad I chose this book.

The story is set in a block of flats in London, and in each new chapter we follow a different character living or working at Banyan Court. Each character is experiencing something distinctly paranormal in the building, whether they are from the rich
— Massiel
As long as I'm alive I'm gonna read Jonathan Sims books.

I don't know what his voice does but I freaking love how he narrates everything.
Liz Barnsley
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blimey this one steals your sleep, not only because its such a page turner but it is very very creepy…I spent several nights waking up suddenly thinking someone was watching me…yep that’s a sign of a great piece of storytelling right there.

We open with a retrospective of an unsolved mystery – that of the death of a rich entrepreneur at his own dinner party…to this day his guests have remained tight lipped claiming no knowledge of how it occurred. Reader, we are about to find out..

Strange events,
Jun 10, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A book?? By Jonathan “Jonny” Sims himself????? Yes, i’m ready to die the millionth time by the hands of this man.
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, paper-book
4.5 stars rounded up as overall the book was superb!

A slow-building tense and raw horror thriller. Twelve random people are invited to dine in the Penthouse of a notorious tower block with the building owner who they have never met.
The apartments inside are split between the wealthy on one side and the poor on the other side and the guests are made up of people from both sides... and some who don't even live there... with seemingly nothing in common...

Each guest has their story told prior to re
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thirteen Storeys is the first novel written by Award-winning The Magnus Archives podcaster, Jonathan Sims. mixed with horror, Thriller and paranormal, this is a delightfully dark twisted story where you will go into a spooky house quite like no other.

Thirteen Storeys highlights thirteen stories from individuals who all either live or work in Banyan Court, a thirteen storey high-rise apartment block and residential development in London. Every
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Thirteen Storeys features thirteen stories from people who all either live or work in Banyan Court, a thirteen storey high-rise apartment block and residential development in London. Each of the first twelve stories focuses on an individual person and their experiences within Banyan Court and ends with that person receiving an invitation to a dinner party that is being hosted by Tobias Fell the reclusive billionaire and architect who designed Banyan Court and who, hidden away from the prying eye ...more
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Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Good supernatural story

Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims
This is about a billionaire that built a 13 story building with half of it for the well to do people and the back half for the poor. He had the top penthouse. The house itself, and things in and around the house are creepy. The story is that one night there was a party in the penthouse with 13 people. Blood was found around the room. The only body found dead was the billionaire.
Then it tells a little about each of the people invited to the
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read that had several issues for me sadly.

The pacing is rather slow.

Each story usually has an unsatisfying conclusion but I let that go as it was obvious the finale would tie ends up.

The finale was somewhat underwhelming. Morals are delivered via a sledgehammer.

Possibly too many characters that are all linked in some (often tiny) ways. You really need to make sure you keep up.

Saying that, there are many positives. This plays out like the classic Amicus portmanteau of yesterday year.
Jun 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an entertaining and descriptive spooky tale! I listened to the audiobook while reading along in the physical book for this one. It was great to have that audio source give even more unique flavor to each character and provide clarification in shifts in dialogue. The cast did a fantastic job with all the narrations, and I think it is always a treat to hear the author do a great job in narrating one of their own stories. Even early in the book when I was a bit confused with what all was going ...more
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This certainly is an innovative take on the haunted house genre.

The book is a short story collection about a strange and haunted apartment complex called Banyan Court. the building composes of two halves, the front half for the affluent residents and the back for the poor. And these stories weave the building's tale through the "shocking disturbances" of the guests to a penthouse dinner. Mostly these disturbances are unique to the guests' individual flaws or fears. Most of the stories were a thr
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirteen Storeys is a cross between macabre horror and an unsettling thriller by renowned horror podcaster Jonathan Sims. In his nightmarish debut, Sims pens an anthology of interlinked short tales, which all come together to make up a chilling novel playing on both modern and more traditional fears. Banyon Court in Whitechapel, London, is a set of apartments commissioned and owned by reclusive and introverted billionaire Tobias Fell, with an odd mix of luxury apartments for the elite and more a ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims a collection of stories about residents of Banyan court. A building owned by Billionaire Tobas fell who died when he invited 12 people to dinner. Each story about the residents tell us of paranormal experiences that they have while residing there and after each of them being given an invitation to join Tobas fell for dinner.
I really enjoyed these unique stories about the residents that came to an inclusion at the end. Each from different backgrounds and some of
Attempting to get into audiobooks #2

(My review of the book itself is here; below are some thoughts on the audiobook experience.)

I wanted an audiobook I could listen to last thing at night, while drifting off to sleep – I often use podcasts for this purpose, but I’ve listened to the few I really like so many times I’m in danger of wearing them out. Since one of those podcasts is The Magnus Archives, created by Jonathan Sims, Thirteen Storeys seemed like the perfect choice. Having read it relative
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: group-reads
This book is a little hard to classify. It's more or less a shorty story collection, but the stories are interconnected and culminate in the final chapter with all the characters present. If I were rating this as a short story collection, it would probably only get about 2 or 3 stars. There were only a couple of stories that I felt stood alone as great stories. I think it probably works better to view this as a regular novel that has a different viewpoint character for each of the first 12 chapt ...more
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SCREAMMM delightfully fucked up I could not put it down!!! anthology-with-an-overarching-plot, dots that connect perfectly, a building that bleeds, a slight hint of cult and more horror sexiness. A perfect cast of characters, each with their own compelling voices, and a culmination im gonna be thinking about for ages
Jun 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I super enjoyed reading this book! The structure, the characters, how everything comes together in the end - everything felt right about it.
Twelve stories for twelve tenants of the legendary Banyan Court - a housing project that combines the richest and the poorest of London and it indeed works... as long as everyone stays in their corner. The haunting that starts happening in the building knows no class boundaries, though, and the twelve tenants, whose eerie stories often intertwine, find thems
Well, I did like the set up of this book--a "wraparound story" that concludes after individual stories from different tenants in a building. The premise was interesting...unfortunately, almost all of the individual tales began to bore me quickly. By the Finale, I had even forgotten who one of the characters was supposed to be.

I DID enjoy the ending, but wish the stories had been more condensed, less repetitive, and the characters more interesting--at least so that I could remember who was who by
A very creepy collection of tales by those who live or work in the poor or wealthy half of Banyan Court in London, a thirteen-storey residential building owned by the recluse Tobias Fell, who lives in the penthouse and whose inexplicable murder begins the story. As I'd expect in a collection of tales, some are better than others and some are really good. Very spooky, sinister and menacing. Characters flit between the stories in a rather pleasing way! My only issue is that, listening to the audio ...more
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, social-issue, lgbt
oh this was so much fun. thirteen storeys is in fact thirteen stories, each one focusing on a different resident of a deeply Cursèd Building as they become individually haunted by a unique and personalised horror; it’s spooky and compelling and threaded throughout are some really interesting themes about capitalism, privilege, and complicity - obviously horror is always at its best when it’s functioning as a vehicle to explore genuine social issues & anxieties and i think it was mostly used to f ...more
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Jonathan Sims is a writer, performer and games designer whose work primarily focuses on the macabre, the grotesque, and the gentle touch of creeping dread. He is the mind and the voice behind acclaimed horror podcast The Magnus Archives, as well as story-game design duo MacGuffin & Co., and some of your favourite nightmares. He lives in Walthamstow with the two best cats and an overwhelming backlo ...more

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