Book Review: House of Skin by Jonathan Janz

House of Skin by Jonathan Janz

From the Goodreads:

Myles Carver is dead. But his estate, Watermere, lives on, waiting for a new Carver to move in. Myles’s wife, Annabel, is dead too, but she is also waiting, lying in her grave in the woods. For nearly half a century she was responsible for a nightmarish reign of terror, and she’s not prepared to stop now. She is hungry to live again…and her unsuspecting nephew, Paul, will be the key. Julia Merrow has a secret almost as dark as Watermere’s. But when she and Paul fall in love they think their problems might be over. How can they know what Fate–and Annabel–have in store for them? Who could imagine that what was once a moldering corpse in a forest grave is growing stronger every day, eager to take her rightful place amongst the horrors of Watermere? FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

I’ve just recently gotten into Jonathan Janz’s books, and I’m so glad to have found him. These books scratch a horror itch I didn’t even know I had.

House of Skin takes us back to those classic haunted house horror stories of the 1970s. We get the exploitative thrill of sex, drugs, and monsters but in a thoroughly modern story and setting. Janz is shocking, violent, and disturbing, and his stories are both incredibly entertaining and delightfully creepy. I can almost see Hell House grinning in psychopathic joy to see the exploits its grandchild is getting up to.

But don’t take this to mean that House of Skin is derivative. The influence is there to see, but Janz brings his own voice to the genre and makes the story his own. This is classic horror for the modern age.

An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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