Jack Sparks died while writing this book.
It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.
Then there was that video: 40 seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet it was posted from his own YouTube account.
Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed - until now.
©2016 Jason Arnopp (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"Funny, creepy and totally nuts." (Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts)
"This is The Omen for the social media age." (Chris Brookmyre, author of the Jack Parlabane thrillers)
"Wow. Seriously hard to put down.... Chilling and utterly immersive." (M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts)
From Austen to zombies!
Jack Sparks is a sarcastic Brit with a big social media presence and a few published books. He's probably getting a bit long in the tooth for this kind of life, but his bank account is emptying and another best-seller is in order to follow the last one, Jack Sparks on Drugs--from which he has just barely recovered. This time he figures he'll write Jack Sparks on the Supernatural, thinking the research and so forth will be fun for an atheist like himself.
But things don't turn out quite the way Jack thought. After he attends an exorcism in Italy, his life takes a few weird turns, and then a terrifying video is posted to his YouTube account. Searching for the source of the video, Jack ends up in Hollywood, slowly--or even quickly--going insane.
Arnopp's take on the supernatural here is fresh and interesting: this is definitely not your regular old book about demons and exorcists. Jack's insane adventures build to an ending that really satisfies, in spite of being a little bit drawn-out.
I won't say more for fear of spoilers, but trust me, this is a great listen. Parts of it were so scary I had to pause it while listening alone in a dark room. Other times, I paused it because I was just laughing too hard to hear the next bit. Overall, Jack is an absolute jerk, but he's funny enough to make that work in his favor.
Joe Jameson narrates the book with exactly the right tone--you can practically hear his eyes rolling in some places, but elsewhere you can hear just a bit of sympathy for Jack. This was a truly entertaining listen, and I'm eagerly looking forward to more of Jason Arnopp!
Self-obsessed author Jack Sparks loves to write about himself. He’s a smug atheist, a social media junkie and a selfish jerk. He’s also dead, which I assure you, is not a spoiler.
Jack narrates most of this story, which is part horror novel, part mystery and more than a little satire. He’s not what I'd call a reliable narrator. The novel is actually presented as a book within a book: “Jack Sparks on the Supernatural” is written by Jack himself but is framed with (and occasionally interrupted by) editorial content from his brother. The book we're listening to is from a manuscript Jack left behind.
Jack sets out to experience and debunk the supernatural, beginning by attending an exorcism in Italy. The novel takes off from there and it will keep you guessing. It’s a satisfying read with an interesting ending and a few laughs and frights along the way.
This is biting, sharply-written fiction with just the right amount of ambiguity. I found it refreshingly original and narrator Joe Jameson deftly handles both the character voices and the story.
I loved listening to all the different accents.
Nothing yet, I NEED to find another one like this! :)
Well the scariest was when Jack finally realized "who" was recording the youtube video and as he was heading back to climb the stairs up to the door into the corridor, I felt like the ghost was right behind me! And when he felt the breath on his neck... oh goodness I would've died.
So many moments! It's insanely good! I don't want to spoil anything for readers!
Jason Arnopp, please make more books like this!!!!
I am an audiobook enthusiast who reviews audiobooks for his blog, The Guilded Earlobe. You can find me on Twitter @guildedearlobe talking about zombies, robots, monkeys and audiobooks.
It seems the social media age and horror may be a perfect fit. Arnopp’s Jack Sparks, a narcisistic, atheist reporter who seeks out the supernatural, is not just an unreliable narrator, but an asshat that is blatanly lying to you. I absolutely loved every minute of this book, and the narrator, Joe Jameson, hits all the right marks.
oh hell. just read it.
Mr. Sparks isn't a very nice fella, but he isn't a horror of horrors either. In today's media-driven world, he made an awful sort of sense to me. I was able to set aside our differences and look for our commonalities. In other words, Jack is a nicely fleshed-out character. As the story moved on and the nasty, creepy bits started piling up like old bones, I found myself caught up with Jack and puzzling over what might happen to him.
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