Will Burgess is used to hard knocks. Abandoned by his father, son of a drug-addicted mother, and charged with raising his six-year-old sister, Will has far more to worry about than most high school freshmen. To make matters worse, Mia Samuels, the girl of Will’s dreams, is dating his worst enemy, the most sadistic upperclassman at Shadeland High. Will’s troubles, however, are just beginning.

Because one of the nation’s most notorious criminals—the Moonlight Killer—has escaped from prison and is headed straight toward Will’s hometown. And something else is lurking in Savage Hollow, the forest surrounding Will’s rundown house. Something ancient and infinitely evil. When the worst storm of the decade descends on Shadeland, Will and his friends must confront unfathomable horrors. Everyone Will loves—his mother, his little sister, Mia, and his friends—will be threatened.

And very few of them will escape with their lives.

Jonathan Janz is a true master of horror who kills it with Children of the Dark!  This was a great offering for horror fans of all ages.  While the main character is a teenage boy, the tale is still so delightfully written to appeal to adults as well.  Janz has created in depth characters, which are easy for readers to connect with on an emotional level.  This works wonderfully so that readers will care about what happens to the characters and root for them to live.

However, I think that the true beauty of this tale is the balance Janz utilizes between the horrors that can be found in life and human nature with the terror of supernatural creatures.  With truly despicable characters like teenage bullies, abusive and neglectful parents, indifferent and incompetent law enforcement, and the worst, a cannibalistic serial killer, there are plenty of opportunities to root for death.  And such glorious deaths they are!  Children of the Dark will not disappoint horror fans with a taste for blood and gore.

Children of the Dark is an incredible read and one I strongly recommend to all of my horror fans out there!  Whether you want to root for the good guys to survive or the dredges of humanity to die, there’s a little something there for everyone.  This is definitely a must-read from beginning to end. I guarantee, you won’t be able to put it down!



Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that 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’sThe Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.”

2013 saw the publication of his novel of vampirism and demonic possession The Darkest Lullaby, as well as his serialized horror novel Savage Species. Of Savage Species, Publishers Weekly said, “Fans of old-school splatterpunk horror–Janz cites Richard Laymon as an influence, and it shows–will find much to relish.” Jonathan’s Kindle Worlds novel Bloodshot: Kingdom of Shadows marked his first foray into the superhero/action genre.

Jack Ketchum called his vampire western Dust Devils a “Rousing-good weird western,” and his sequel to The Sorrows (Castle of Sorrows) was selected one of 2014’s top three novels by Pod of Horror. 2015 saw the release of The Nightmare Girl, which prompted Pod of Horror to call Jonathan “Horror’s Next Big Thing.” 2015 also saw the release of Wolf Land, which Publishers Weekly called “gruesome yet entertaining gorefest” with “an impressive and bloody climax.” He has also written four novellas (Exorcist Road, The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories.

His 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 You can also find him on Facebook, via @jonathanjanz on Twitter, or on his Goodreads and Amazon author pages.

About the Author

Jen Matlock
Jen Matlock
I love reading and strive to bring my fellow book worms new releases and introduce new authors that you may not be familiar with. In addition, I'm an artist and paint a variety of popular series of media inspired art, primarily films and music.