Review: Exorcist Falls by Jonathan Janz

Rating: ★★★★☆


Chicago is gripped by terror. The Sweet Sixteen Killer is brutally murdering young women, and the authorities are baffled.

When the police are called to an affluent home in the middle of the night, they learn that a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy has attacked his family. The boy exhibits signs of demonic possession, and even more troublingly, he knows too much about the Sweet Sixteen killings. Father Jason Crowder, a young priest assigned to the case, must marshal his courage in order to save the boy and the entire city from the forces of evil.

But this is a darkness mankind has never encountered before. It craves more than blood. And it won’t rest until it possesses Father Crowder’s soul.

This volume brings together the original novella that started it all—Exorcist Road—and an all-new full-length novel (Exorcist Falls) for a shattering experience in supernatural terror.


This was my first stab (no pun intended) at the works of Jonathan Janz and it most certainly won’t be my last, especially because I’m pretty positive I have his entire catalog sitting on my bookshelf at home. Don’t quote me on that, Jonathan.

So, I found out about this author through some friends on Twitter, mostly Michael Patrick Hicks, as they were raving about his novel Children of the Dark. I started following Janz on Twitter, and then followed him over to IG where I began seeing his name pop up all over the place in connection with Flame Tree Press. I figured this guy must be a pretty darn good writer to have so many book releases in such a short time, and to see his covers all over IG intrigued me even more so.

Well, let’s just say the bromance starts here.

Exorcist Falls is THE book to read if you are a fan of exorcisms, demon possession horror, or just fantastic writing and story. While Exorcist Road, the novella that began this journey, feels a little more in your face and down your throat than its full-length counterpart, Exorcist falls plays the part of big brother well and establishes Janz as a top-tier horror writer that more people need to become aware of.

Having said that, if gruesome violence, language, or sexy-sex talk get you all goosey and screaming for your mama, this may not be the book for you. I feel like you have to have the above in an exorcism novel, though. Demons are no joke and sins are going to spew out like pea soup no matter how hard you try to tell yourself everything is going to be alright. So no, Bob Marley cannot help you this go-round.

All in all, if you are in the market for a kickstart to the heart and a new horror author to add to your collection, look no further.

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