Dust Devils by Johnathan Janz

#BlogTour #BookReview Dust Devils by Jonathan Janz

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩.5

Pages: 304

Publisher: Flame Tree Press

Available: 13th June 2019

Genre: Fiction / Horror / Fantasy / Western / Vampires

With huge thanks to Anne Cater of RandomThingsTours, the Publisher #FlameTreePress and the author Jonathan Janz for my copy of this book, another brilliant read from Jonathan!


It is 1885 in the wilds of New Mexico and Cody Wilson and Willet Black are bent on revenge after their loved ones are slaughtered by a group of traveling actors, but neither of them suspects what they’re really up against. For the actors are vampires. Their thirst for human blood is insatiable. The two must battle the vampires—alone—or die trying.

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

My Thoughts:

This is the second of this Authors work that I have read, having enjoyed the sleepless nights the previous book gave me, or rather, enjoyed the book despite the resulting sleepless nights, I was delighted to be given a chance to read and review a copy of this one.

I adore how the Author maintains his own ‘Voice’ as it were, his own style fro writing which is evident within the prose and he way the story progresses, and yet manages to simultaneously create a story that is entirely different in its progression and premise.

The tone remains the same in many ways, the Author has a flair for capturing your interest quickly and holding you tight. Imagine a horror movie that you WANT to look away from because it’s giving you goosebumps, making you cringe a little and making your palms sweat, but you just cannot drag your eyes away because despite all of this, you can’t stand the idea that you might miss a small detail.

The tension is built in masterful ways at surprising moments, and you’re just not sure what is going to happen next. The story is so individual you just have to admire the Authors ability to create something different in an intriguing way.

I don’t often enjoy westerns yet there are some that I have adored, I love fantasy and vampires, and I absolutely relish when someone does this with a new twist. When they take some ideas that have been done and redone over the years, an use them to do something wholly unexpected. The mixture was fun, highly entertaining and in many ways disturbing, but perfectly done.

That being said… I can’t say that I would rush to reread this one in the way I did the previous book, I can only put that down to the western element putting me off that. But yet, this is certainly one that I will remember fondly in several ways! If you enjoy something new that will keep you guessing and make you twitch on your toes, you need to add this to your TBR!

About The Author:

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.” The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House

and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.”

Since then Jonathan’s work has been lauded by writers like Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Tim Waggoner, Bryan Smith, and Ronald Kelly. Novels like The Nightmare Girl, Wolf Land, Savage Species, and Dust Devils prompted Thunderstorm Books to sign Jonathan to an eleven-book deal and to give him his own imprint, Jonathan Janz’s Shadow Side.

His novel Children of the Dark received a starred review in Booklist and was chosen by their board as one of the Top Ten Horror Books of the Year (August 2015-September 2016). Children of the Dark will soon be translated into German and has been championed by the Library Journal, the School Library Journal, and Cemetery Dance. In early 2017, his novel Exorcist Falls was released to critical acclaim.

Jonathan’s 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 Janz at http://www.jonathanjanz.com.


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