Thursday, February 7, 2013

Book Covers: Room by Joe Knetter

This is a recurring series about books I have read by people I have met.

I have written several times about Joe Knetter and Sarah French.  They are two of my favorite people and favorite interview subjects.  They are talented, interesting and fun.  I like to call them the first couple of horror.
Joe was kind enough to send me a copy of his latest book "Room" over the holidays.  I did not promise him any review, nor did he ask for one.  I am just putting that out there to further illustrate that this review was totally unsolicited and is just me presenting an interesting book to anyone reading this.
"Room" is not Joe's first book, but it is the first one of his I have read.  It will not be the last.  As a matter of fact, I already contacted Joe to tell him I would be purchasing his other books at the next convention when I see him.
I had no real idea what to expect when I started reading "Room."  It is always tricky discussing a book written by someone I know.  I guess if I didn't like it, I would just avoid writing anything about it.
Fortunately, I absolutely enjoyed "Room."  It is a collection of eight short stories, all filled with violence, gore, horror and other things to keep you reading and to keep you up at night.  The stories are not connected, except by basic genre.  Each one is fresh and different.  There is no predictable pattern to the stories.  While I sensed a couple of the endings, I was also way wrong on most of them.  While the stories are not predictable, they do make sense.  The endings do not come from left field (unless there is a solid reason).
What I am trying to say is that Joe has a winner here.  The stories grab your attention and hold it throughout. It is realistic horror fiction.  I enjoyed each story and was not disappointed with any part of the book.
"Room" gets an "A" from me, as I wrote in my review on Amazon.  You can learn more about Joe Knetter, "Room" and his other books at  You can also see him at many conventions across the country.  If you get his book, tell him Johngy sent you.  Just be warned.  Do not ask him about his infamous tattoo!
Joe Knetter, me and Sarah French in Schaumburg, IL-November 2012.

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