Originally published: 6 September 2018
Author: Jonathan Janz
Published by: Flame Tree Press
Page count: 288
Reading dates: 30 August – 1 September 2018
Star Rating: 4/5
David Caine is a sceptical researcher of the supernatural and is tasked by an old friend with spending a month in Alexander House, which is believed to be the most haunted house in Virginia. The house was built during the 1700s by a land baron as a way to contain his depraved and mad son. David has written several books discrediting supernatural events and the owners hope that if David can be convinced the house is haunted, his revelations to the world will make it a top tourist attraction. Before long, David soon discovers a link in the area to his ex girlfriend who died 22 years earlier after David ended the relationship and she took her own life.
Horror is my go to genre for a Saturday night film but strangely I haven’t read many horror books. I’ve read a couple of Stephen King, James Herbert and of course the Walking Dead graphic novel series but all of these were several years ago and I kind of forgot there were horror books out there too!
This is my first book by Jonathan Janz and it’s certainly a horror! The tension is there throughout, especially as we hear what has happened to pervious occupants of the home and some of the history of the area including what Judson, the house’s first owner got up to. The gore and shocks come thick and fast and I couldn’t read it quickly enough! There is also a fair amount of graphic and not nice sex. A great haunted house story, definitely for adults, this is certainly equivalent to some of the 18 rated films I have watched in the past. I’ll be certain to look out for other books by Janz and perhaps some other horror writers so I can get my fix every now and again!
Many thanks to Flame Tree Press for sending me an Advance Reading Copy and for inviting me to be part of the book tour.
About the author:
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, the Library Journal, and the School Library Journal.
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.