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The Dark Game (Fiction Without Frontiers) by [Jonathan Janz]

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Review, gory and psychologically horrifying--The Most Sublime

"...incredible whirlwind of nightmarish suspense..."--Howling Libraries

"I'm sure we've all heard authors explain how, often as they write a character will take over the story and will take it in directions the author never intended. Well, The Dark Game is this idea on acid."--Frank Michaels Errington

"If someone told you this is actually a novel Stephen King had written and forgotten about [...] this is without a doubt the end result of that long-winded metaphor."--Splattergeist

"If you enjoy reading books with eeriness and suspense, then pick up this book."--Terror Tree

"If you love horror stories featuring plenty of characters and plenty of gruesome moments, I definitely recommend checking this book out."--Tara's Book Addiction

"Janz spins a nasty little tale of psychological and supernatural horror"--Reclusive Reads

"Janz's writing has a way of pulling rabbits out of hats with his plots that fit well within the confines of his story"--Lit Podcast

"Jonathan Janz may be rising above the "rising star" of horror status with several highly regarded novels under his belt. The Dark Game is another great novel to add to his list."--Real Dead Review

"The end result is a story showcasing an author at the top of his own dark game."--High fever Books

Dark, violent, and twisted, The Dark Game blends horror with a character study to disturbing effect.--John M. Murray Foreword Reviews

Equal parts Lord of the Flies mixed with The Girl on the Train with a cast of unreliable and shifty personalities, this novel belongs with the best thrillers on the bookshelf and should be on yours, stat.--A.E Siraki

Full of wicked imagery and precision placed scare tactics, The Dark Game doesn't disappoint on the spooky scale.--Just a Guy Who Liked to Read

In his latest pulp horror gem, Janz channels early Stephen King to twist the story of a secluded writers' retreat into something unique and thought-provoking.--Booklist

In THE DARK GAME Janz showcases this ability to virtually bring his characters to life.--Horror After Dark

Mr. Janz has a fine eye for the layers of personality and character usually hidden from the world.--The Haunted Reading Room

One of the best writers in modern horror to come along in the last decade. Janz is one of my new favorites.--Brian Keene

The game he plays may be dark, but his writing shines brightest in the shadows.--Kendall Reviews

The Dark Game is a book I would highly recommend and sits high on my list of favorite reads this year.--The Scary Reviews

The Dark Game is a creepy and fast-paced read with excellent characterization--Little Miss Zombie

This novel is a treat for horror fans, yes, but it will have wider appeal as it manages to both scare and comment on the joy of reading. Many will be drawn into this fast-paced thriller, readers who love the pulp horror of Brian Keene, the dark twists of Sarah Pinborough, or the terrifying and emotional storytelling of Paul Tremblay.--Booklist Online
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jonathan Janz is the author of more that fifteen novels and numerous shorter works. Since debuting in 2012, Jonathan's work has been lauded by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, The Library Journal, and many others. He lives in West Lafayette, Indiana. Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, which explains everything. Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows "the best horror novel of 2012." --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07QFX8XLY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Flame Tree Press (11 April 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3994 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 341 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories. His work has been championed by authors like Josh Malerman, Caroline Kepnes, Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen Graham Jones, Brian Keene, and Jack Ketchum. His ghost story THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER was selected as a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee for Best Horror. Additionally, his novels CHILDREN OF THE DARK and THE DARK GAME were chosen by Booklist and Library Journal, respectively, as Top Ten Horror Books of the Year. He is represented for TV & Film by Ryan Lewis (executive producer of BIRD BOX). 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, Amazon, and Goodreads.

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Sarah Hapgood
4.0 out of 5 stars good story, let down by confusing, bland characters
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take a the dark side
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and exciting story!
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Destiny B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying and brilliant, masterfully crafted - I need more!
Reviewed in the United States on 15 April 2019
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Destiny B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying and brilliant, masterfully crafted - I need more!
Reviewed in the United States on 15 April 2019
I’ve read and reviewed many of Jonathan Janz’s releases and re-releases over the last several months, and have loved all of them, but none have won me over quite as much as my first read of his, The Siren and the Specter—that is, until finishing this newest novel of Jonathan’s, The Dark Game.

Right off the bat, this synopsis ticked so many boxes for me. I love books about writers, I love plots involving competitions, and I love “retreat” settings (camps, secluded mansions, etc.). Most of all, I love when a horror story features multiple characters plagued by their own personal demons—but it’s not an easy trick to pull off, because telling these layered stories-within-a-story requires a nuanced and talented creator. Luckily, Jonathan Janz is precisely that.

As is typically the case with one of Jonathan’s stories, there’s a wide and varied cast of characters, but I didn’t find myself losing track of who’s who or disliking the number of perspectives; if anything, it was so intriguing to watch the story-telling style change as the players began to exit the game. And boy, do they ever exit quickly; The Dark Game’s action picks up early and never lets up.

Up until now, I’ve always recommended that readers who are unfamiliar with Jonathan Janz titles begin with Siren, but after finishing up this incredible whirlwind of nightmarish suspense, you can’t go wrong with The Dark Game as an introduction to his work, either. I know this is going to be a new all-time favorite that I’ll be raving about for a long time to come, and I can’t wait to see what Jonathan does next to top it.

**I was provided with a free ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, though I loved The Dark Game so much that, as you can see by my verified purchase, I also bought a finished copy - it's THAT good!**
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Brandon Wills
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book by a Great Author
Reviewed in the United States on 2 August 2019
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