Does Romance Matter in Horror? See What Author Jonathan Janz Has to Say, Plus Info on New Savage Species Serial

Samhain Publishing: Horror is blazing new trails for themselves by serializing their first original novel, Savage Species.  In five installments, with new installments coming every two weeks, you’ll get a terrifying read that will propel you to the next. An introduction to Savage Species is amazingly awaiting you, as the first section, Night Terrors, is being offered absolutely free (over 100 pages of awesome reading), no strings attached….just nightmares! 


You can find out how to get it below, but first I have an interesting guest post by the author Savage Species, the wonderful Jonathan Janz. He’s talking about how he intertwines romance with his horror and doesn’t feel a bit bad about it! But don’t let that fool you.

Oh, and enjoy all the wonderful covers for each installment sprinkled around the post! Which one is your favorite?


Why Romance Matters in Horror
by Jonathan Janz, Author

As of today I’ve completed six novels (five of which are published or will be published within eight months or so; the other is a bloody suspense tale I’ll revisit someday), and I have three more partially completed novels.

 And in all nine of those books, there exists a strong romantic element.

Naw, I’m not saying the stories are weepy, sappy sob-fests. But I am saying that romantic love is an integral part of every single one of my novels.

So what does that say about me? That I’m a hopeless romantic or a secret Nicholas Sparks wannabe?

 Nope. It simply says that I’m a human being. And that love matters.

In my brand-new novel Savage Species there are terrible events. Ask Erin. She’s read the first installment (Night Terrors) and can testify to the brutality of the story. There is more violence in this novel than in any of my others, and that’s saying a lot. It’s not that I twirled my non-existent mustache and laughed maniacally and sat down before the keyboard with the intent to graphically dispatch as many innocent victims as I could. Nor was I able to edit the book without cringing a good many times at the monstrous events it contained. But the story is the boss, and if the story calls for violence, I’m going to deliver it. If my characters do and say terrible things, I’m going to record those as faithfully as I can.

 And if they fall in love, you can bet I’ll write about that too.

 Children,TheThere are two love stories in Savage Species, both of which were a pleasure to write. One involves a young newspaper photographer named Jessie and his attraction to (or obsession with) a reporter named Emma. Jesse is in his twenties, which means he’s still stupid (Men, I am often reminded, are idiots until they’re thirty), and because he’s stupid, he focuses on her radiant looks and her killer body a bit too much. But because he’s a good guy down deep, we forgive him his salaciousness. Or at least some readers will. The main thing is, Jesse comes to understand just how special Emma is, and…well, since I don’t want to give anything away, I’ll just say he grows, which is awfully important in a character.

 The other love story is the more mature of the two, and not just because the two potential lovers in question are older. Charly (pronounced like the cartoon character with the squiggly shirt) Florence seems to have a great life. She’s married to an ultra-successful women’s basketball coach. She has three healthy children. She and her husband have just built a luxury home in the country. She is beautiful and smart. And by all appearances, Charly has it all.

 Except she doesn’t. Her husband is actually the opposite of what he appears. He’s selfish. He’s aloof. He’s a serial philanderer. But even more disturbingly, there are sinister regions in his mind, shadowy realms so dark that even he is unaware of them. But as events transpire, those dark places are revealed, and Charly’s life is thrown into disarray.

 Enter Sam Bledsoe. One of my favorite characters ever, Sam is the man who built Charly’s new house, and even before the novel begins, they each harbor a secret crush on each other. Charly knows she married badly, and Sam threw away his first chance at a family. In one another each sees a second chance, and for Sam especially, a redemption.

So what does all this have to do with my point?


DarkZone-HJesse’s growing love for Emma makes him into a better person. The interaction between Sam and Charly brings out the best of both of them, which is one of the very greatest by-products of love. And these two relationships speak to one of the ironies about horror. The perception is that the genre is all about how many heads a writer can lop off or how many limbs he or she can sever. But the truth about horror is that it often focuses on how love can persevere in the worst of circumstances, how it can heal those who’ve seen and been through horrible things. How it can triumph even in death.

 Yes, I think I’ll always write about love as well as exploding viscera. For me, the subjects go hand in hand.


Savage Species Synopsis~

Arena,The-HPeaceful Valley is about to become a slaughterhouse!

Jesse thinks he’s caught a break when he, the girl of his dreams, and her friend are assigned by their newspaper to cover the opening weekend of the Peaceful Valley Nature Preserve, a sprawling, isolated state park. But the construction of the park has stirred an evil that has lain dormant for nearly a century, and the three young people—as well as every man, woman, and child unlucky enough to be attending the grand opening—are about to encounter the most horrific creatures to ever walk the earth. A species so ferocious that Peaceful Valley is about to be plunged into a nightmare of bloodshed and damnation.

 The first installment of Jonathan Janz’s new—and Samhain Horror’s first-ever—serial novel will be released for FREE! You can download the first installment of my new serial novel (Savage Species: Night Terrors) FOR FREE right here….



Samhain Horror

Author Jonathan Janz, Biography~

doorwayJonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that explains everything. Brian Keene, one of the most famous award winning authors in the genre of horror,  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” and it was nominated for the Darrell Award this year, which recognizes the best published Midsouth regional science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and won first runner-up.

Samhain Horror published his third novel, The Darkest Lullaby, in March 2013. His fourth novel, the serialized, action-packed survival horror thriller called Savage Species, releases June 4, 2013. His fifth novel, a vampire western called Dust Devils, will be released in February 2014. He has also written three novellas (The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories. He’s currently writing his sequel to The Sorrows.

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.


Download your free first installment of Night Terrors yet? What are you waiting for?


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6 responses to “Does Romance Matter in Horror? See What Author Jonathan Janz Has to Say, Plus Info on New Savage Species Serial

  1. Reblogged this on Jonathan Janz and commented:
    Why Love Matters…Even in a Blood-Soaked Tale of Terror


  2. I love your stories and I so can.not.wait. for the series to start! Yes, even horror can have a romance.



  3. “But the truth about horror is that it often focuses on how love can persevere in the worst of circumstances, how it can heal those who’ve seen and been through horrible things. How it can triumph even in death.”
    This is what I’m looking for when I read horror. (And the related idea that good can, and does, overcome evil.) Janz does a nice job of bringing these concepts to his fiction.


  4. Pingback: Your Chance to Ask Jonathan Janz ANYTHING…Oh, and Support His Release of Savage Species! | Oh, for the HOOK of a BOOK!

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