Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan...and also the most infamous spot to commit suicide in the world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming, haunting deep in the ancient woods. When bad weather prevents a group of friends from climbing neighboring Mt. Fuji, they decide to spend the night camping in Aokigahara. But they get more than they bargained for when one of them is found hanged in the morning-and they realize there might be some truth to the legends after all.
˃˃˃ PRAISE FOR JEREMY BATES AND HIS BOOKS:
"Thriller fans andreaders of Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and other masters of the art will find much to love in this highly recommended, action-packed read." -Midwest Book Review on Island of the Dolls
"An understated horror story that will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like." -Kirkus on Suicide Forest
"[A] short, sharp shocker...Bates writes persuasively from Brian'sadolescent point of view, making the horror of his youthfulreminiscences that much more intense." - Publishers Weekly on BlackCanyon
"Jeremy Bates has written a great book that would make a great Hollywood screenplay!" - Suspense Magazine on The Taste of Fear
"Bates takes an intriguing premise to shocking lengths, revealing the outcomeonly in an epilogue. A graphically violent story with building suspenseand a moral about where weaving such a web may lead." - Booklist onWhite Lies
"The Catacombs is a thrilling descent into theunknown, peeling back the dark layers like a rotting onion, tearsrunning down your face as you try to climb your way out. A hypnoticstory of buried truths, disfigured creatures, and lost histories toldwith an authoritative voice full of heart and insight." - RichardThomas, Bram Stoker nominated author on The Catacombs
"JeremyBates doesn't miss a trick, teasing and misleading, ratcheting up thetension as the heroine...loses traction on a slippery slope ofdeceptions." - Glenn Kleier, New York Times bestselling author on WhiteLies
"A horror story like none other...makes for a read thatwill delight horror fans who want their novels steeped in psychologicalsuspense as well as action." - Midwest Book Review on The Catacombs
"A success!" - Hellnotes on Suicide Forest
˃˃˃ PRAISE FOR THE BOOKS IN THE WORLD'S SCARIEST PLACES SERIES (SUICIDE FOREST, THE CATACOMBS, HELLTOWN, ISLAND OF THE DOLLS):
"Definitely gave me chills reading this late at night which hasn't happened since I was a 13 year old teenager reading Stephen King's, It, for the firsttime." - verothehero
"Move over King and Koontz there's a new talent in town." - judy pfanner
"I had to stop reading at certain points because he was freaking me out.That only happens to me with one other writer--Stephen King." - LynLutrzykowski
"I think of early Clive Barker, without the guts." - H. Kelly
"Suicide Forest is up the with Joe Hills Heart Shaped Box." - Lola Cain
"Scariest book I've ever read" - Jamie Dobbs
"If you like Greg Olsen or Jeffrey Deaver, Jeremy Bates is a great new talent." - Lnh
"I found it rivaling some of Stephen King's and Dean Koontz's early works---high praise indeed." - Diana D
"If you enjoy Richard Layman, you'll love reading Jeremy Bates" - Anna W.
"This author is in the same league as King, Simmons, and Craven" - linda22724
"Perfect for Laymon Fans!" - OutlawPoet
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Jeremy Bates is the award-winning author of several novels and short stories. He writes suspense, horror, and thrillers. The novels in his "World's Scariest Places" series are set in real locations, and so far include Suicide Forest in Japan, The Catacombs in Paris, Helltown in Ohio, and (forthcoming) Island of the Dolls in Mexico. You can check out any of these places on the web, or visit his website at: JEREMYBATESBOOKS.COMReview:
***Reader Views Literary Award Winner***Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award Finalist***AHWA Shadows Awards Finalist***Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 Finalist
"In Bates' (The Taste of Fear, 2012, etc.) horror novel, a simple excursion into a reputedly haunted forest turns into a nightmare when people start dying in conspicuously unnatural ways. Ethan Childs, an American teaching English in Tokyo for the last four years, plans to climb Mount Fuji with girlfriend, Mel, and a few pals. But when a looming storm nixes the outing, Israeli tourists Ben and Nina convince the group to join them on a hike through nearby Aokigahara Jukai. The forest is infamous for an incredibly high number of suicides, reportedly in the hundreds per year, and some believe the ghosts of the dead haunt it. What begins as an unsettling ambience (there are no sounds of animals or any trace of wind) quickly gives way to serious, tangible threats when one of the party members dies from an apparent suicide. Ethan and company are soon lost, and the noises they hear in the woods either confirm the existence of ghosts, or perhaps worse, mean that a murderer is tracking them down. Readers may recognize a slasher-film vibe--people willingly go into the creepy woods--and familiar characters...But Bates' approach to the story is surprisingly restrained, cultivating impressive frights in the unnerving environment...No one is sure whether the unseen villain is human or apparition or whether they are simply victims of unfortunate circumstances...Bates' choice to avoid brazen scares makes for an understated horror story that will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like."- Kirkus Reviews
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