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The Dark Game 4.5 Stars Thank you to Jonathan Janz, Flame Tree Press and NetGlley for the ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.This was my first Jonathan Janz read, I had heard lots of good things so was super excited to get started on this.The premise of a group of authors unknowingly being entered into a twisted game against each other, while being confronted by demons from their pasts had me hooked and I wasn t disappointed The story starts quite briskly, with the authors arriving at the retr 4.5 Stars Thank you to Jonathan Janz, Flame Tree Press and NetGlley for the ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.This was my first Jonathan Janz read, I had heard lots of good things so was super excited to get started on this.The premise of a group of authors unknowingly being entered into a twisted game against each other, while being confronted by demons from their pasts had me hooked and I wasn t disappointed The story starts quite briskly, with the authors arriving at the retreat separately, over the first few chapters there are many characters introduced, I must admit it took me several chapters to recognize the individual characters and their back stories.Having said that I felt that the characterization was brilliant They were all well rounded and mostly likable, I found it really impressive that they all had such distinct personalities and stories, which is no mean feat for a book with so many I loved the way each character had individual writing styles, there were 10 books within this book I thought the snippets from their manuscripts and diaries gave a really clever insight into each of them.The setting was perfect creepy mansion in the middle of woods that seem to go on for ever, check Eerie corridors, rooms and basements, check The deranged and creepy host, check What s not to love right Janz writing was original and at the same time this book gave me a real classic horror feeling and I couldn t help but imagine Wells as Christopher Lee at times This was a solid 4.5 stars for me, the only reason I shaved half a star off was due the initial confusion with so many characters, the horror aspect of the book was really good, I felt there could have been a littlesuspense surrounding those elements.Overall the book was fast paced and was full of creepy imagery, gore and dark humor I LOVED it I would definitely recommend you check out The Dark Game in April 2019 I can t wait to readfrom Jonathan Janz I m thinking about a 4.5 Star review here just can t push myself to give five.Janz is a very talented horror writer if you ve read some reviews, you will know that he has impressed some serious horror fans His writing is good and stable, and his stories flow rather well If it wasn t for me seeing the ending a bit too soon don t know how many people will feel this way I might have given it a five.So, this story is almost like FLATLINERS meeting IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS.We all have skelet I m thinking about a 4.5 Star review here just can t push myself to give five.Janz is a very talented horror writer if you ve read some reviews, you will know that he has impressed some serious horror fans His writing is good and stable, and his stories flow rather well If it wasn t for me seeing the ending a bit too soon don t know how many people will feel this way I might have given it a five.So, this story is almost like FLATLINERS meeting IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS.We all have skeletons in our closets I call mine Skinhead, because he s pale and doesn t have any hair I thought it was hilarious when my wife opened the door for the first timeshe did NOT But we all have secrets as well, and when the 10 writers gets invited to a retreat with a guarantee of millions of dollars and fame to boot, they will have to face their deepest and darkestor die trying After all, There can be only one They have my sympathy I can remember the time we had to cover up accidentally killing that stripper at the bachelor party in Vegasno, wait, that was only a recurring nightmare after I saw that movie and fuck anybody who didn t think it was hilarious Anyway, I enjoyed this one a lot it felt like good, old fashioned horror in a very good way.Recommended to most horror fans Ten writers are selected for a summer long writing retreat with the most celebrated and reclusive author in the world Their host is the legendary Roderick Wells Handsome, enigmatic, and fiendishly talented, Wells promises to teach his pupils about writing, about magic, about the untapped potential that each of them possesses Most of all, he plans to teach them about the darkness in their hearts The writers think they are signing up for a chance at riches and literary prestige But they are really entering the twisted imagination of a deranged genius, a lethal contest pitting them against one another in a struggle for their sanity and their lives They have entered into Roderick Wells s most brilliant and horrible creation The Dark Game FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing Launched inthe list brings together brilliant new authors and the established the award winners, and exciting, original voices With his new book The Dark Game Jonathan Janz its author, has created an interesting set up What the story presents is Roderick Wells, the most celebrated and reclusive author in the world hosting a summer long writing retreat where ten writers have been selected to attend, for the chance of winning three million dollars, and an assurance of a big time publishing contract The contestants are Lucy StillTommy MarstonMarek SokolowEvan LandonAnna HollowayElaine KovalchykSherilyn JacksonRick For With his new book The Dark Game Jonathan Janz its author, has created an interesting set up What the story presents is Roderick Wells, the most celebrated and reclusive author in the world hosting a summer long writing retreat where ten writers have been selected to attend, for the chance of winning three million dollars, and an assurance of a big time publishing contract The contestants are Lucy StillTommy MarstonMarek SokolowEvan LandonAnna HollowayElaine KovalchykSherilyn JacksonRick ForresterBryan ClaytonWill ChurchSome published some unpublished All with secrets The contest is held in Wells antediluvian mansion deep in the woods Wells also surrounds himself with a cadre of strange individuals not the least of which is his wife Mr Janz must wear the hats of the ten writers, both male and female, and present not only the writers stories written for the retreat, but the back story for each writer A type of anthology is created, which brings aspects of the stories into a reality the authors must contend with, conquer, or fail to confront As there can only be one winner survivor of this Dark Game This is an Advanced Reading Copy with a publication date of April 2019 A Very Tantalizing Horror Novel.The story evolves around ten authors who are invited to participate in a six week long writing competition which is a very hush, hush program that they will have to sign a contract of complete secrecy no cellphones, no computers or tablets, nor telling any family or friends what they are doing or they will be eliminated immediately and sent back home The winner of this elite competition will be awarded a several year contract with the top publishers and guarant A Very Tantalizing Horror Novel.The story evolves around ten authors who are invited to participate in a six week long writing competition which is a very hush, hush program that they will have to sign a contract of complete secrecy no cellphones, no computers or tablets, nor telling any family or friends what they are doing or they will be eliminated immediately and sent back home The winner of this elite competition will be awarded a several year contract with the top publishers and guaranteed fame and fortune from the sales of a many book deal that all writer s would want to die for an opportunity like this to fall into their laps These authors have all different backgrounds and their writing tastes vary from adventure, romance, erotica, mystery etc Little do they know their mission will be to write a complete horror story well out of their comfort zone.Let the best writer of a frightfest with chills and creepiness begin II thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down Jonathan Janz is a terrific writer and I will continue to read his books The Dark Game is written with great imagery and some subtle dark humor as well This is a must read for any horror enthusiast I want to thank the the publisher Flame Tree Press and Netgally for the opportunity to read this very creepy book I highly recommend to all horror lovers and have given a rating of 4 Dark and Creepy stars Original review posted at Cemetery Dance April 15th, 20192019 is the year of Jonathan Janz There I said it Flame Tree Press performed the remarkable act of acquiring his previously released titles and then doling them out to us on a pretty aggressive schedule, which is an impressive gesture all on its own but wait There sFlame Tree is also releasing new titles from Janz.Like I said, this is the year of Jonathan Janz and an incredibly exciting time to be a fan If you haven t had the p Original review posted at Cemetery Dance April 15th, 20192019 is the year of Jonathan Janz There I said it Flame Tree Press performed the remarkable act of acquiring his previously released titles and then doling them out to us on a pretty aggressive schedule, which is an impressive gesture all on its own but wait There sFlame Tree is also releasing new titles from Janz.Like I said, this is the year of Jonathan Janz and an incredibly exciting time to be a fan If you haven t had the pleasure of picking up one of his books, now is the time, my horror loving friends The Dark Game was my eighth Janz book and it s one of his new releases In this story, Janz polishes up a favorite genre trope a select few are invited to stay at a wealthy and potentially sinister host s home to play a game.Roderick Wells is a prolific author who invites up and coming authors to his estate for a writers retreat competition The writer who can endure Wells unorthodox methods and scathing humiliation will win a monetary prize, bragging rights and a contract with a New York publisher.This is a large cast of characters, with the sinister host and his wife plus the ten authors invited to play, but Janz puts his writing skills to work right away, developing characters and giving them unique backstories and voices I had no trouble keeping everyone straight.The short chapters help to keep the pace of the story moving at just the right speed Somewhere around the middle of the book, I realized that the first two parts consists of building and setting up so that when parts three through five come, Janz can tear everything down, strip it back and lay it bare It was very effective storytelling I particularly enjoyed the different literary devices like character monologues, diary entries, and all the different excerpts of the stories the authors were writing It gave the reader a hundred different ways to get to know important details of the character s pasts without clunky info dumps.If you re like me, you re a reader who enjoys stories involving writers When an author tells a story involving a writer, it forces that 4th wall to come down and reveal insight into the real life and mind of the writer perhaps even the man behind the very words you re reading This was, perhaps, the most enjoyable aspect of this book Reading Janz s The Dark Game was like experiencing the creator speaking through his creation I highly recommend it I have to admit that I had a little struggle with this book because the font on my ARC was so teeny tiny I could only read the story in 20 minute increments before my eyes started to cry and reading became an impossibility After trying to read it this way for over two weeks I finally gave up and requested an eArc via Netgalley Thank you Netgalley and Flame Tree Press for the arc s The author has confirmed that final copies will have an easier to read font so your eyeballs need not worry This I have to admit that I had a little struggle with this book because the font on my ARC was so teeny tiny I could only read the story in 20 minute increments before my eyes started to cry and reading became an impossibility After trying to read it this way for over two weeks I finally gave up and requested an eArc via Netgalley Thank you Netgalley and Flame Tree Press for the arc s The author has confirmed that final copies will have an easier to read font so your eyeballs need not worry This is a story about a group of writers who are invited to join in on a game at a creepy old mansion hosted by a creepier old writer A Dark Game, mwahaha The winner will receive fame and fortune and all they desire and who doesn t want that Everything about this game and its mysterious host is weird and ultra creepy but the prize is irresistible The losers Well, you do not want to lose this game and that s all I ll be saying about thatWhen the story begins it tells the tale of a full cast of characters in alternating chapters and, likely because I was reading it in such short bursts, I had a difficult time keeping track of who was who and whose back story went with who and I kept mixing them all up in my head I kept hoping a few of them would get killed off fast in order to end some of my confusion I know, how selfish of me, but it is the truth I don t like straining my brain that hard after a long day of life and some of these characters were no good trashy people anyway and no great loss to humanity, if you re asking me.I enjoyed this book once the cast was trimmed down a bit, as I knew I would The whole atmosphere was very well done and I enjoyed learning about the darkness hiding inside most of these characters Reading about terrible and sordid secrets is my one of my favorite past times and this book delivered on those There were lots of nasty surprises to be found and watching the characters get all vicious with each other was a bit of a blast This is a wild book that really ramps up in its last few acts If your memory is better than mine and you can handle a large cast of characters, I bet you re going to fall right into this deliciously evil story and not come up for breath until you finish My thanks to Flame Tree Press and Netgalley.It s just one of those things I suppose A book description sometimes sounds wayexciting than the actual book This was the case with me I ve only read 4 or 5 books by Mr Janz, and I plan on readingBut, this book in particular was almost the same book as another I ve read by this author Which one Heck if I know But, it was on an island, and shit was weird Here Yep, maybe not an island, but definitely lost, and definitely strange My thanks to Flame Tree Press and Netgalley.It s just one of those things I suppose A book description sometimes sounds wayexciting than the actual book This was the case with me I ve only read 4 or 5 books by Mr Janz, and I plan on readingBut, this book in particular was almost the same book as another I ve read by this author Which one Heck if I know But, it was on an island, and shit was weird Here Yep, maybe not an island, but definitely lost, and definitely strange As soon as I started reading the story I knew how it would go I had hoped I was wrong, as I often am, but this book was exactly as I expected So, a familiar storyline, too many people and the weird, the Big Bad Too confusing Mixing a lot of people and scary element s are usually a good thing, but the characters were hard to keep track of, and the bad was just too over the top This just isn t a book I d recommend, unless it s one of your firsts by this author Still, Janz is a pretty intense storyteller, so I ll be waiting for the next book 1 Internationally Bestselling Author MR RODERICK WELLS Requests the honor of your presence at his estate on May 26th for a six week writing retreat You and nine others have been selected for the opportunity of a lifetime One of you will become the next Legendary Author.Please find enclosed One airline ticketA contract outlining Mr Wells s expectations Contract must be returned by mail no later than May 1st Any mention of the retreat will automatically void the contract Absolute secrecy 1 Internationally Bestselling Author MR RODERICK WELLS Requests the honor of your presence at his estate on May 26th for a six week writing retreat You and nine others have been selected for the opportunity of a lifetime One of you will become the next Legendary Author.Please find enclosed One airline ticketA contract outlining Mr Wells s expectations Contract must be returned by mail no later than May 1st Any mention of the retreat will automatically void the contract Absolute secrecy is required 3.5 stars rounded to 4.I don t read as much horror as I did in my teens, and as such I m sure that the parameters of what is included in such has evolved drastically, but if I had to describe this in a simple buzz phrase, I would call it light horror Not that this book didn t have numerous instances of disturbing content and graphic violence, but I think the only aspect that separates The Dark Game from the thriller genre would be the paranormal aspect All that to say, if you re a reader looking for a nice bridge from the general thriller genre to something darker, but are concerned you can t handle theunsettling stories found in the horror genre, this is a great novel to pick up Let me just say upfront, I adore novels that feature writers, especially ones at retreats who are working on manuscripts Throw in a good mystery and I m sold This was my first experience with the author, but it certainly won t be my last Janz knows how to grip the reader from the opening page, and the fact that he has sprinkled in Easter eggs with nods to his previous works much like Stephen King does with his novels set in the same universe really grabbed my attention The plot here is very straight forward, and you ll mostly know what s going to happen from the beginning, but that s because at heart, this isn t a mystery novel, it sof a heart pounding suspense with a few nuggets of mystery thrown in along the way I had such a blast watching the plot unfold it was like agruesome version of Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None if said novel leaned to the supernatural side of the spectrum While we know early on what is happening and roughly who is behind it, we don t really have all the intimate details of the why until the end, which I found kept the suspense high and my interest engaged I do wish that we had a littleat the end, because I had quite a few questions that weren t answered, but I do appreciate that the author decided to leave some of those details up to the reader s imagination This was a wicked fun little read that I highly recommend for those looking to be slightly scared, but wholly entertainedI received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley. 2.5 starsTen Writers are invited to a summer long retreat at the home of one of the most celebrated and reclusive writers, Roderick Wells He promises to teach them any things while they are there about writing and reaching their full potential One of them will even win three million dollars, a publishing contract and Well s patronage Who wouldn t want that Soon it becomes clear that things are not quite right at the retreat Soon each one is confronted with their past and their deeds, actions 2.5 starsTen Writers are invited to a summer long retreat at the home of one of the most celebrated and reclusive writers, Roderick Wells He promises to teach them any things while they are there about writing and reaching their full potential One of them will even win three million dollars, a publishing contract and Well s patronage Who wouldn t want that Soon it becomes clear that things are not quite right at the retreat Soon each one is confronted with their past and their deeds, actions and lack of actions Not only are they confronted with their past secrets, the writers begin to die one by one.The premise of the book is very enticing but that is where it ended with me I believe I would have enjoyed this bookif there were less characters There were just too many characters and I didn t get to really know they all enough to like them let alone care about what happens to them Janz s previous book The Siren and the Specter is mentioned several times in this book, I have to say I found that book to beenjoyable This book just wasn t for me Other reviewers are enjoying thisthan I did, so I encourage people to read all the reviews We can t all enjoy the same books This one just didn t hit the mark for me.Thank you to Flame Tree Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own


About the Author: Jonathan Janz

Jonathan Janz is the author ofthan a dozen novels and numerous short stories His work has been championed by authors like Josh Malerman, Joe R Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and Brian Keene he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and School Library Journal His ghost story The Siren and the Specter was selected as a Goodreads Choice nominee for Best Horror Additionally, his novel Children of the Dark was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Horror Book of the Year Jonathan s main interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children You can sign up for his newsletter , and you can follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Goodreads.


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