House of Skin

House of Skin

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"Fans of ghost stories like The Haunting of Hill House and Hell House will love this book." - Horror Maiden
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?

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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 18mm | 202g
  • Flame Tree Press
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1787582140
  • 9781787582149
  • 1,723,638

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"Fans of ghost stories like The Haunting of Hill House and Hell House will love this book." -- Horror Maiden "I love reading books that have me on tenterhooks, as I am turning the pages waiting for something to figurally jump out at me and give me a fright and this book ticked the box. This is the 2nd book I have read by this author and I am looking forward to reading more of his work." -- Terror Tree "If you are a fan of Janz, you are going to love it. If you are not, then get on board the ghost train, you are in for a treat!" -- Rachel Read It "Janz' writing can turn on a dime. Lulling the reader into false security with actions as commonplace as a tiring drive on the highway, only to snap your head back with stomach curdling scenes of unnatural brutality." -- An Average life "It will set your teeth on edge, it will give you goosebumps, it will make you cringe with the gore and gruesome, but most of all you will appreciate how a book can make you feel all of these things and still "enjoy" the storyline and want to know how it will end!" -- Zooloo's Book Diary "having read House of Skin, I really feel like this is the new age of horror" -- From Belgium with Book Love "One of the things I really like about Janz's writing is his ability in creating these very believable characters and then change them seamlessly" -- Aphotic Realm "This is an excellent read and I look forward to reading all of Jonathan's books" -- The Divine Write "As usual, Janz is just as adept at crafting complex characters as he is at making readers squirm...House of Skin has plenty of rich, dark meat on its bones, and Janz gives us lots to chew on along the way." -- High fever Books
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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 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. In early 2017, his novel Exorcist Falls was released to critical acclaim.
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 cliche happens to be true. You can learn more about Janz at
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Rating details

415 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 28% (116)
4 35% (145)
3 27% (112)
2 8% (32)
1 2% (10)
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