Hello and welcome to the Blog Tour for The Siren and the Specter by Jonathan Janz.
Many thanks to Anne for having me on this Random Things Tour and to the ever awesome Flame Tree Press for sending me a copy of this fantastic book.
I love a good ghost story that feeling of adrenaline burning through you as you scare yourself silly until you’re convinced you’re seeing scary things everywhere! I’ve always loved scary stories, grew up reading and watching Goosebumps and Are You Afraid Of The Dark. I worked in a movie shop back in the day and got through quite a catalogue of scary movies, but the ones with haunted houses fascinate me the most like Stephen Kings Rose Red. The idea of a house adopting the characteristics of its previous (usually evil) owners or absorbing the bad things that happened there is fascinating.
About The Book
“When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different.
Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well.
For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow.
And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House.”
About The Author
Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories. His work has been championed by authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and Brian Keene; he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal, and the School Library Journal. 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.
What I Thought
In The Siren and the Specter Jonathan perfectly captures that spine tingling fear, you just know instantly that nothing good is going to come out of it. David Caine is a total skeptic and has made his career out of debunking haunted houses, but Alexander House is different and he feels it too even if he doesn’t want to believe it.
There was one particular scene where it was really building up and I was curled up in an almost protective ball under my blanket because I knew something was coming as the attic door he forgot about suddenly drops down and next thing MY ELECTRICITY WENT OUT!!! I got such a fright as the story had me so on edge that I had to put the book away and work on my blog instead.. que me walking around the house with fairy lights wrapped protectively around me!
Going to bed I had that horrible feeling going up the stairs that if I looked behind me something would be lurking in the shadows waiting to jump out at me! It sounds horrible but I love when a book can evoke that kind of feeling and fear in me it means they’ve done the job right with it. That kind of tingly fear is addictive and has reawakened my love of scary atmospheric stories.
I have become too used to the gore and violence of horror and they just don’t have that chilling effect on me the way an atmospheric build up does. The best thing about this book though is how layered it is so we’re not just dealing with the haunted house but more recent ghosts in David’s own history. And then there’s the human element, the ones who are willing, participating and even encouraging the evils of the hauntings and that’s just as scary. Don’t fear the dead, fear the living.. or in this case BOTH!
The Siren and the Specter had the perfect amount of mystery, atmosphere, fright, weirdness (sex crazed psycho neighbour, creepy neglected kids) and violence (it is a horror after all). Add this to your Halloween list!
The Siren and the Specter is out now and you can get it HERE! Thanks again to Anne Cater and Flame Tree Press for having me on this blog tour, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.