If you’ve followed this blog and/or my reviews and columns from elsewhere around the web for any length of time, it’ll come as no surprise by now to learn that when it comes to author crushes, one of my biggest, arguably top three, is for that of the guy I’m talking about today. Jonathan Janz is one of those scary good horror writers I came across back when Samhain was still cranking out what was then some of the best dark fiction that could be had, with brilliant titles like Savage Species and The Sorrows immediately grabbing my attention and adulation and making me know not only that he was one of the best in the business but one that was going to do great things in his career. And that belief has since been vindicated multiple times since Samhain closed the doors on their operation, releasing a whole slew of talent into the great, dark unknown of the publishing world. But instead of stagnating or languishing in self-doubt, as many a young author might have done, Janz grabbed the bull of change by the horns and made it his, being snatched up by multiple other publishers and producing and releasing two of the best titles of his career in the form of the Sinister Grin titles, Children of the Dark and Exorcist Falls. And another thing he did at the time is up his cover art game, taking on the brilliantly talented Matthew Revert as his cover artist. I’ve never met a Revert cover I didn’t absolutely fall in love with and those Janz covers are some of the best he’s ever done. So I was ecstatic to learn that the new release of Jonathan’s novella, Old Order, was being re-decorated by Revert and I am over the moon today having been given the opportunity to reveal that cover to you here on Shotgun Logic. So, without further ado, I’m going to shut the hell up and get to it. Dig this awesome Janz insanity, neatly dressed in the kind of finery that can only be produced by the great Matthew Revert. Make sure to read on below to learn more about the book and about Jonathan Janz.
About the Book:
Horace Yoder thinks he’s got the perfect scam. All he has to do is pretend to have been kicked out of an Amish order, get a job on a local farm and when the family is asleep steal their valuables and resell them for a tidy profit. Unfortunately for Yoder, the family has other ideas…and their plans are MUCH more sinister.
One of Jonathan Janz’s earliest writings (2010), this terrifying novella contains a brand-new Afterword by the author.
Expected Release Date: January 25, 2018
About Jonathan Janz:
Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, which explains everything. Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.” The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.”
Since then Jonathan’s work has been lauded by writers like Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Tim Waggoner, Bryan Smith, and Ronald Kelly. Novels like The Nightmare Girl, Wolf Land, Savage Species, and Dust Devils prompted Thunderstorm Books to sign Jonathan to an eleven-book deal and to give him his own imprint, Jonathan Janz’s Shadow Side.
His recent novel, Children of the Dark, received a starred review in Booklist and was chosen by their board as one of the Top Ten Horror Books of the Year (August 2015-September 2016). Children of the Dark will soon be translated into German and has been championed by the Library Journal, the School Library Journal, and Cemetery Dance. Jonathan’s newest release, which will appear on March 15th, is called Exorcist Falls (and includes the novella Exorcist Road).
Jonathan’s primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Jonathan at www.jonathanjanz.com. You can also find him on Facebook, via @jonathanjanz on Twitter, on Instagram (jonathan.janz) or on his Goodreads and Amazon author pages.