Jake's Wake

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Pastor Jake promised his followers everlasting life…he just didn’t say what kind. So when the small-town televangelist and con man climbs out of his coffin at his own wake, it becomes Judgment Day for everyone gathered to mourn—or celebrate—his death. Jake is back, in the rotting flesh, filled with anger and vengeance. And accompanied by demons even more frightening than himself. What follows is a long night of endless terror, a blood-drenched rampage by the man not even death ...
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Pastor Jake promised his followers everlasting life…he just didn’t say what kind. So when the small-town televangelist and con man climbs out of his coffin at his own wake, it becomes Judgment Day for everyone gathered to mourn—or celebrate—his death. Jake is back, in the rotting flesh, filled with anger and vengeance. And accompanied by demons even more frightening than himself. What follows is a long night of endless terror, a blood-drenched rampage by the man not even death could stop.
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Splatterpunk legend Skipp (Long Last Call) and up-and-comer Goodfellow (Ravenous Dusk) produce an outrageous gore fest about a preacher's reckless vow to be resurrected. Cable TV cult leader Jacob Connaway is mid-coitus with a congregant when her boyfriend stabs the preacher to death. As his unhappy widow, Esther, attempts to convince his lovers to testify to Jake's philandering and prevent the Church of Eternal Life from inheriting what Esther thinks should be hers, Jake lurches back to life and goes on a killing rampage, accompanied by demons. To Jake, the chance to take revenge on his backstabbing friends and to conclusively demonstrate that Christianity is a lie feels "an awful lot like heaven"; the ensuing bloodbath will terrify those who expect false prophets to be locked away in hell. (Jan.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780843960761
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 317
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Skipp is a bestselling author and screenwriter whose eleven books have sold millions of copies and are reprinted in nine languages. As co-author with Craig Spector, he wrote six novels from 1986 to 1993 that completely re-invented horror.  Of their first three novels, The Light at the End, The Cleanup and The Scream, each sold over a million copies and two made the New York Times bestseller list. Together they provided the story for the 1989 film A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child.  Other books by Cody Goodfellow include Radiant Dawn (Perilous Press, 2000) and Ravenous Dusk (Perilous Press, 2003).

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    BLEH!

    I am big in the horror genre in every sense...books and movies! This book however, was probably the worst I have read in a very long time. It was choppy, bouncy, and at times boring. I give it mad props on the gore factor however! I cringed a few times. However, when I read that this was originally written as a screenplay, I would rather gouge out my own eyes than sit and watch it. I am a big believer in not putting a book down. if you start to read it, finish. So I did, now I will move on.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Interesting, but in the end...

    "Jake's Wake" was pretty interesting. I really liked the characterizations and despite some misgivings about the over the top levels of violence, was enjoying the book. Then things got a bit weird, and in my humble opinion, didn't get resolved as nicely as I would have liked. But overall, a decent horoor book.

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  • Posted February 4, 2009

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    Entertaining and Frightening

    I greatly enjoyed this novel. The story was very interesting, and kept me hooked! I love these guys writing style, it's easily some of the best writing I've read in a while. A couple parts even made me cringe, which not many horror writers make me do. Definitely recommended!

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

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    a combination slasher rise from the dead horror thriller

    Jacob ¿Jake¿ Connaway is a televangelist whose show has attracted a cult following as has his Church of Everlasting Life. He comes across as a sincere believer interested in saving souls. However, the truth is he is evil as he is into white slavery, adultery, pyramid schemes and other crimes and transgressions. His latest salvation occurs when he scores with Sugarplum whose boyfriend kills Jake.<BR/><BR/>Three days later after his funeral service as his corpse is about to enter the crematorium, Jake arises from the dead. He and his friend Gray, a stone cold killer,go to his home where he finds his widow Esther, his whore Evangeline, and his acolyte Emmy talking. Esther frantically wants to know what Jake did with their money that he took from his church as she needs it to keep her home from being repossessed. Jake and Gray enter his abode to begin sadistic games and those tring to stop him do not know how to kill a dead man.<BR/><BR/>JAKE¿S WAKE is a combination slasher rise from the dead horror thriller filled with gore. There are an over abundance of killer scenes told in vividly red detail, but the nightmare to everyone except Jake and Gray is the lack of understanding of why he was resurrected. Fans of Brian Keenee will appreciate this dark tale as God works in mysterious ways with the exciting Jake¿s awakening serving as proof.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    My 1st John Skipp novel

    Skipp is suppose to be one of the fathers of the 80s "splatterpunk" movement & this book seems to try & play up to that assumption. Overall, I can see what these two writers were trying to accomplish--people who use religion for their own purposes are bad people (I get it)--but the execution was very poorly done & was a waste of a great prose style not seen in many horror novels today. Jake's twisted, ressurrected corpse commits atrocities on those he tortured when he was alive in very graphic gory ways. But from all the hype about Skipp in delivering the splatter, I would say he's been surpassed by Ed Lee, B. Keene, B. Little & the grandmaster himself, R. Laymon. I didn't care about any of the characters due to lack of development so their horrible deaths did nothing to move me & they seemed to be just targets in Skipps gory shooting gallery for him & his co-writer to pick off as they pleased. The ending came as a little surprise but by the time the plot-twist bullet was fired, I was pretty much not interested in where the novel was going due to the lack of plot structure so it made me say: "Really? Okay, whatever." Not a reaction a writer would want from their readers. Will I read another John Skipp novel? Maybe. But why would I want to when there are so many other better b-grade pulp horror novelists out there writing better stuff with good plots. I would rather pick up a Richard Laymon book or the latest from Bentley Little over this guy's new stuff. I would read Skipp again if they re-printed his "groundbreaking" novels from the Splatterpunk Era, for it is those books everyone tells me are his best. Otherwise, steer clear of this piece of garbage that will be found in many, many used paperback stores lining the beach resort towns of the U.S.

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