House of Skin

House of Skin

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by Jonathan Janz
     
 

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All it needs to live again is fresh blood!

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

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All it needs to live again is fresh blood!

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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Library Journal
Paul Carver arrives in Shadeland, IN, to claim the Watermere estate, an unexpected inheritance from his late—and reviled (by the townspeople)—Uncle Myles. Although he delights in the old mansion, Paul discovers that the house holds many secrets, most of them tied to Myles's wife, Annabel. When library worker Julia Merrow meets Paul, her growing feelings for him mirror her passion for Watermere; like the house, she has her own secrets. The author of The Sorrows revives one of horror's most beloved motifs—the haunted house—to good effect in a tale of star-crossed lovers in thrall to a ruthless ghost. VERDICT Reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub's Ghost Story, this should please readers who appreciate a good haunting. [This was published first as an ebook.—Ed.]

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ISBN-13:
9781609289218
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Pages:
314
Sales rank:
835,881
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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House of Skin 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Janz, author of such notable horror novels The Sorrows, Savage Species, Dust Devils, and the newly released Castle of Sorrows, has crafted a chilling story of madness, murder, and undying supernatural hunger. Paul Carver, wannabe writer, inherits his infamous relative's fortune and Victorian estate in rural Indiana. He moves there, thinking a fresh start will help him realize his dreams of becoming a horror novelist. But little does he know that truth is stranger than fiction, and after he meets a beautiful young librarian, who holds her own dark secrets, Paul is soon drawn into a nightmarish horror that is consuming his mind, body and soul. Reminiscent of classic gothic horror with a modern slant, obviously (think of Peter Straub's Ghost Story), Janz cleverly weaves the narrative between flashback sequences involving Paul's notorious Uncle, Myles Carver, and his sadistically seductive wife, Annabel. The novel starts off a bit slowly, but quickly finds its pace midway through, to its stunning conclusion. If you haven't read Janz yet, you should check out this bright dark star of horror fiction!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Mr. Janz'first book (The Sorrows) a couple months ago and loved it. This one is just as good if not better. Fast, surprising and scary! A must read.