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Dee escapes her dreary librarian job and unfaithful boyfriend by reading romance and fantasy on her Kindle. She tries The Haunted E-book, the story of a 19th century tramp printer whose ghost awakens whenever someone reads a book he created. The ghost stalks his readers and threatens them with death if they stop reading the book. Though she doesn’t usually like ghost storiDee escapes her dreary librarian job and unfaithful boyfriend by reading romance and fantasy on her Kindle. She tries The Haunted E-book, the story of a 19th century tramp printer whose ghost awakens whenever someone reads a book he created. The ghost stalks his readers and threatens them with death if they stop reading the book. Though she doesn’t usually like ghost stories, Dee can’t stop herself from reading it.Then Dee learns the stories in the books are true, the malevolent ghost is real, and Dee might be the next character to die....

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ISBN : 9867085
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Number of Pages : 246 Pages
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The Haunted E-book Reviews

  • Karen
    2018-11-24 06:42

    Firstly let me say that I don’t usually read horror. I live alone with my 4 year old son and I have a very vivid imagination. So why, you might ask, did I choose to read The Haunted E-Book? Curiosity. That’s it. The title intrigued me so much I just had to see what it was about ... and you know what curiosity did to the cat! So yes, this book freaked me out just a little, but that’s what horror books are supposed to do, right?The story starts with a character reading about another character reading the same book they are reading - The Haunted E-Book. With me so far? Good. Dee is one of those characters and along with Elaine and Madison they are all reading a copy of this book on their Kindles. They do not know each other personally, they all just think that the others are just characters in the book they’re reading, but as people start to die in a grotesque way they soon realise that THEY ARE the characters in the story!I really liked Dee and Madison. They are were normal people living normal lives and I gelled well with them. Both were intelligent and used that intelligence when working out problems, which I liked - they didn’t go all silly and dopey when facing major obstacles. And wow, did they have some major obstacles to face!Enter Jonah. Evil, scary, Jonah who totally freaked me out! Jonah was a nineteenth century Tramp Printer and a murderer and he was set to murder everyone who stops reading his book! But he doesn’t want to just murder you. He has other plans for you.The plot in this book has been very intricately woven and excellently put together and I really did enjoy it, although I was a little anxious at times. (That’s just me being a wuss ... but it really doesn’t help when a Wood Pigeon flies into the lounge window right next to my head with an enormously loud crash just as I’m deep into a particularly scary and gory part of the book.) I really wanted to keep reading and find out what happened.Dare you download The Haunted E-Book and go head to head with Jonah? Just remember though, if you start reading, Jonah won’t let you stop ...

  • Lilac Wolf
    2018-11-20 02:35

    First off let me say this book is available on paperback, but come on, you have to read it electronically to get the full fear-factor!This book will take you on a ride. It jumps around with stories, within stories within stories. It's a mirrored effect of people reading about people reading the book. Dee is the main character, living in a small town with a loser boyfriend. She works as a librarian but is held back by a mixture of her color and being an outsider in town. She moved there because of a...very good friend of hers who died there.So she downloads this e-book and it takes over her life. The ghost in the book is all about murder and having his story be read. We move onto 4 other readers, but 2 of them are very short lived. After her boyfriend is believed murdered, she runs to find the other readers, to try and stop him. She first teams up with Elaine where she finds one of the original haunted books, The Story of Annabelle, and then she finds Madison. Will they finally stop him before it's too late?It does jump around but it isn't hard to follow. He plays with fonts and bold to show different chapters, if it's the regular chapter or the inside chapters. If you like a scary story, then download this bad-boy and leave the lights on. Lilac Wolf and Stuff

  • Kim
    2018-11-12 05:40

    For most of us, delving into a book is an escape, a temporary break from the mundane things that make up our reality. It can be a trip to another time, another place, another dimension, another reality. But can it also be something more? Can something as innocent as reading truly unleash an evil, unlike anything you could possibly imagine? If asked, I would say no, that reading is simply a journey from life. But after reading The Haunted E-book? I would have to question that answer. I love a book that spooks me that much!The Haunted E-book is easily the creepies and scariest book I have read in a very long time. It has all the components of a classically great horror novel,... blood, gore, suspense, and terror. The imagery is graphic and disturbing and lends itself perfectly to the overall horror of the plot. The multilayer plot was a creative technique, and extremely well done. There was not only the basic "story within a story", but several linear stories within the story, too. They were intricately woven together to form the whole of the novel, and could have muddied the flow of the story and the development of the plot. Instead, those layers added many layers of interest and texture to the overall story. Bryan is masterful at the development of his characters as real and believable people, and the characters in this novel were no exception. Jonah was the quintessential evildoer, ranging from quietly and coldly evil to violently and psychotically evil. He was equally as scary on either end of the spectrum, leaving you to never know which Jonah was going to manifest next. The readers of Jonah's story were also extremely well-developed, given the innate fears and problems that so many of us have in our own lives. They became real people, which give them an air of believability that completely sucks in the reader. That added to the delicious creepiness of the novel, making you, the reader, a part of the story. That in and of itself made the entire theme of the story all that much more believable, that much more possible. I also love that the ending wasn't perfectly wrapped in a bow for the reader. Questions were answered, loose ends brought together, but there wasn't the stereotypical, "the sun has come out again" conclusion for all of the main characters. That definately added to the edgy, creepy feel to the book.The combination of the graphic imagery and the expert building of the suspense is what made the book for me. Bryan's descriptive writing dragged me into the story, made it real for me. I felt the horror, the pain, the fear of the characters and I truly love a book that has the ability to do that for me. Key pieces to the mystery of the story were given in small doses, building the suspense and keeping the story engaging.NOTE: I would recommend this book to more mature audiences with a strong heart! The imagery, and some of the content, might not be appropriate to younger readers. I also recommend a light and the stuffed animal of your choice for comfort!!

  • Lunamoth
    2018-11-23 03:33

    The Haunted Ebook will grab you and not let go! I do not read horror books for the sole reason that they scare me. Yes, i am a big baby and i get spooked easily. The Haunted Ebook had me looking over my shoulder and i had to keep reading, lest Jonah come and kill me. The book takes place in modern times, With our main character being a librarian named Dee. One day Dee gets bored or her horrible romance story and decides to pick up a horror book instead. She then samples The Haunted Ebook, and her life changes forever. The book is kind of odd, your basicly reading about Dees life, who is reading about Madisions life, who is also reading about Elaines life. A story, within a story within a story of sorts. This makes it interesting because you get to see the three womans lives and how they tie into each other. Dee as i said is a librarian, hers is the main story and I found her very likeable. Her life is not going so well, her boyfriend is cheating on her and she has been passed up for a good position at her work. Thus that is why she starts reading the Haunted Ebbok. Madision is a college student with a horrible roomate, she also does not have a great life, she is scarred from a fire when she was a kid and she has no friends. Madison was another likeable charactor because she feels like me, a bookworm who likes to stay inside and read. The other woman Elaine was not so interesting for me, in fact i really forgot most of her story as i was zoning out during hers, I know she was brave and stood up to Jonah (our bad guy) and i liked her for that, but then she slowly goes downhill. Our bad guy, Jonah was truely a great villian, he was a poetic killer (literally.) I found it interesting that Jonah actually means 'peace' because the Jonah in the book is so full of chaos and death. It was interesting learning about how he became how he is and what led up to his bloddy character. The Haunted ebook is rife with swearing, there is even a quite detailed sex scene, so little eyes beweare. There is also alot of blood and gore but this part adds to the horror and dark ambience. The ending was an extra bit of icing on the cake, and left you with chills. I recomend this book to horror fans and those looking for something to take ahold of them and get lost in the pages of.

  • Shy
    2018-11-21 04:26

    Reading is the finest route that someone can take to briefly escape from the nagging sound of reality. A journey that an avid readers willingly walk through in order to get to another world where he or she no longer needs to be the player but settle for a role as a mere observer. Though what if this supposedly short journey morphs into a winding nightmare that one cannot disembark from? What if during that journey, you unleash something that could torment your life and those that you love?That is what happens to Dee, a young librarian from a very small town, whose life has not been the one that she once hoped for. She hardly gets lucky with her career and even with her romantic relationship but things start to go down further ever since she stumbles upon a book called “The Haunted E-Book”, written by an unknown author. Without realising it, her life is now controlled by this unknown spirit that threatens to kill her if she ever stops reading the book. There is no stepping down from this heart-pounding rollercoaster ride, where the reader has now become part of the pawns played by this sinister anonymous author. Will Dee be able to uncover the truth behind this mysterious book and comes out of this creepy, nightmarish journey alive?There is no doubt that that JL Bryan is one versatile author. He did a remarkable job with his previous book, Jenny Pox (click title to see my review), and despite moving on to something completely different, he managed to nail it yet again. When I first skimmed through The Haunted E-Book, I thought I would be confused by its multitier plots, where there is story within story, but once I start reading, everything just flowed smoothly. This proved that Bryan has an outstanding talent in manoeuvring the story skilfully and also developing and arranging the plot neatly that it makes it much easier for readers to follow. Another thing that I truly appreciate is that the author tied every single lose ends together at the ending. I understand the purpose of each character in the book better and also learn the secret that revolves around the book and also its writer.The strength of The Haunted E-Book definitely lies in its mystifying villain and also its creepy plots. I like that the author does not overload the readers with all information at once but rather reveal things little by little and this surely increase the level of suspense in the book. The thing that I like most in The Haunted E-Book is actually the history of the villain himself, his job as a tramp printer and also the person he really was when he was still alive. I seriously wish that this history part is written in a much greater length because I feel that this is the most crucial part as it gives more dimensions to the book. Nonetheless, it still provides readers with some great details that are needed to answer some of the questions that they might have whilst reading. Bryan also portrays the main character in the book, Dee, in a very interesting way. She seems broken on the surface but her tenacity and will to keep going is truly inspiring. What fate that befell her in the end? Well, that is for me to know and for you to find out!In the nutshell, The Haunted E-Book is one interesting book that will keep readers turning the page until they find the answers to all of their questions. This book is indeed not for one with a faint heart and I don’t think it is suitable for young readers either due to its graphical nature as well as some of its mature contents. Though if you are one that is looking for something different and will creeps you out, this is definitely for you. Last but not least, to all readers – beware while reading – cause you don’t know what you’re going to unleash and let roaming the world after this... *evil laugh*Taken from my book blog: The Bibliophile's Journal

  • Heather
    2018-11-26 01:32

    Entire review by me and OnePushyFox on BewitchedBookworms.com (http://www.bewitchedbookworms.com/201...)I don't get creeped out by horror novels or movies. Blood and guts? Serial killers and zombies galore? Snore. When I read the book description, I first thought it sounded like that movie where if you watch the videotape some creepy, dirty chick comes out of your television to kill you. After I read about a quarter of The Haunted E-Book, I knew this story was nothing like that craptastic movie.The main character is Dee, a librarian in a small town library in the south. She knows that her boyfriend is cheating on her, so she reads to escape reality. Once she starts reading The Haunted E-Book on her Kindle, strange things start to happen around her and she is drawn deeper into the other people's lives that are playing out in the ever-morphing text of the ebook. If she tries to put the Kindle down and stop reading, a hygiene deficient, sadistic killer stalks you and forces you to keep reading.You really root for Dee as she tries to find out if what she is reading is true, and as she tries to find a way to stop the madness before Jonah makes her his next victim. There's plenty of blood and guts, but there's also an abundance of great characters and a truly sadistic madman at the root of it all.Plus you get an insider's view of what it's like to live in the South, which JL Bryan has proven to be an expert on this topic in his previous work

  • Andra
    2018-12-08 00:49

    Wow. Just Wow...I somehow found my way to J.L.'s Blog the other day, where I read about this book's blog tour. I checked out a couple of links, reading interviews and such, and I found myself liking the hilarious interviews and just the general banter that the author supplied. Though it isn't true for all books, typically when I like the flow the author has in real life I like the way they write as well. This was no exception. The haunted e-book was everything you wan in a horror book. There was suspense, blood, gore, all that good stuff. But there was also a very good, intricately woven plot, something I find missing in many books lately. In addition,the story played on natural fears that many of us have, from the monster literally hiding under your bed, to the fear of being forgotten. The diction in the book bears notes of Stephen King-ism without being quite so graphic, though believe me, the book has its share of disturbing imagery. All together the creepy and disturbing air of the book lends itself to the plot, and the characterization of the villain Jonah. Definitely something you should pick up if you aren't afraid of spending a few nights staring into the dark for Jonah over your shoulder.

  • Claudia
    2018-12-08 00:26

    One of the reason I enjoy horror (books, movies) is that your suspension of disbelieve doesn't end after the story is finished. After a good scare, you still check under the bed, sleep with the lights on, and have nightmares. The Haunted E-Book was no exeption. Sure, there was a little bit of gore, but it was the characters and storytelling that made this book rate high on the scary meter. This was the first book I've ever read where I actually felt like I was actually a part of the story. I actually felt as though there was someone else out there reading about me, reading the Haunted E-Book.

  • One Pushy Fox
    2018-11-24 23:32

    Creepy with a capital C is what this book is!!!! But also fantastic. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN, and in no small part because I was so freaked out by the idea that ol' Numberface was going to come after me! YIKES! I'll be posting my full review on Bewitched Bookworms soon with Heather but I just had to say, once again, Mr. Bryan hits it out of the park!EXCELLENT JOB!!! Go read it now...if you dare!!!!!!!

  • A.E.
    2018-12-02 23:42

    Never before have the words “Read any good books lately?” chilled me. Once you’ve reached the end of this text, you’ll be even more creeped out than you were before. You’ll always have a sense of foreboding after you start reading e-books on your e-readers, as well. Even if you use a device other than the Kindle, which I do. To read the full review, go here.

  • Robert Duperre
    2018-11-25 02:32

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5It’s a great feeling when you come across an idea you haven’t seen before, isn’t it? I mean, we’ve all read stories of haunted houses, haunted cars, even haunted people…but a haunted ebook? I mean, think about it for a second—even the term didn’t exist ten years or so ago.Which makes the appropriately-titled The Haunted E-Book, written by J.L. Bryan of Jenny Pox fame, the first of its kind. This is a primacy that all writers yearn for but very few achieve. On to the story.Dee is a librarian in rural Georgia, a broken woman stuck in a place she doesn’t want to be simply because she wants to be close to the grave of her deceased friend Lilah. She spends her time reading her Kindle while trying to forget the fact her life’s gone nowhere in a hurry. Her loser townie boyfriend treats her like she isn’t there, which in fact reflects Dee’s view of herself. She’s a shell of a woman, a ghost wafting through the real world, hardly ever seen.Strange things begin happening right away, when she downloads a book titled—yup—The Haunted E-Book. The book takes over her entire library of digital books, even inserting itself into other stories when she tries to read something different.And this is where things get very, very interesting, because what we have here is a story within a story…within a story. Dee reads about Madison, who’s reading about Parker, who’s reading about Elaine. And in each incarnation, the person they’re reading about is reading a book called the same thing, only with the individual story being different. It sounds confusing, like looking into two mirrors at the same time and seeing the same image projected over and over again into infinity, but in fact, with the way Bryan constructed the story, it’s quite easy to follow.The book follows the same pattern with every reader—so-and-so begins to be haunted by a mysterious, shadowy figure with letters stamped on his flesh, and who carries an iron composite stick with which he kills his victims. And how do you fall victim to this sadistic ghost?Why, you stop reading.Dee is thrust into the lives of the people she reads about, and her life at home falls apart. Then, following a familiar pattern with tales of hauntings, she is sent on a mission to discover the history behind the book, actually meets a few of the characters she’s read about (who turn out to be people just as real as her), and begins a daring chase in hopes of putting an end to the bad guy once and for all. In a way, it’s the story of one woman coming to grips with who she is, realizing her worth to both herself and the ones who loved her. And since this is horror, this epiphany comes when her life hangs precariously by a thread.While the last third of The Haunted E-Book does follow a familiar pattern, the hows and whys of the plot make it refreshing. The evil presence behind the haunting is sinister in a subversive way, a “man” whose every action is made out of love—or at least his own twisted definition of it. He’s creepy and evocative of horror tales past, and his backstory, yet another book-within-a-book, is fascinating, as is the description of how he comes to haunt the books in the first place.In all, I can heartily recommend The Haunted E-Book to anyone who enjoys reading an original, inventive horror yarn, complete with dismemberment, terror, and visceral thrills. It’s a hellride, the journey of one woman who wishes to be reborn while experiencing the most dreadful events of her lifetime. It will chew you up and spit you out, and by the time you read the final page, you’ll be left wondering if the words The End are truthful…or if it’s yet another vehicle of malevolence to lull us into a false sense of security.

  • Orbs n Rings
    2018-11-23 04:42

    You will shiver and never look at your own skin the same way again after taking in this creepy tale of the 19th century and Kindle conjuncture.OK so I agreed to review The Haunted E-book for JL Bryan. Being a person who's interest lies in the paranormal I was more than happy to give it a read. I start to read about Dee, a girl who has a sort of a life, but then starts reading a book on her Kindle also called The Haunted Ebook. So I start chugging along through the first few chapters. Hmm, OK so then I find out a little bit later in the story that The Haunted E-book Dee is reading on her Kindle is about another girl reading The Haunted Ebook on her Kindle. Stop right there! This is starting to get a little creepy. So it's about 1am and here I am with my little flashlight reading my Kindle in bed while my husband sleeps next to me. I start to get really creeped out. Don't get me wrong I am no wussy and I have watched Friday the 13th, Halloween movies and others while laughing my head off. I have watched all the Jaws movies and sweetly giggle inside when to this day people tell me how scared they are of being even on a beach, let alone out on the ocean after watching Jaws. When I would jump at the first chance to get on a boat or go snorkeling even though I am a lousy swimmer. What I am not is a fan of gore. This probably stems from working in the health care industry for over a decade, mostly from working with autopsy specimens. Real body parts of real people with real lives who died or were murdered. Well anyway, yes, The Haunted E-book does have gore. So I decided I must finish this book, however not at night. So since I do most of my reading after 9pm it took me forever to read this book, sorry Bryan. I only gave myself permission to read it during the daytime. I know I probably should have paid more attention to the book description where the last word is "die." However I don't think I have ever read a book with gore. Wait, I know I have never read a book that included gore, ever.So If you have a Kindle and you love to read creepy books about gore and people being hacked. The Haunted E-book is the perfect book for you. Really, I am not kidding. It does have an interesting story behind it in regards to the Tramp printers who traveled the rails in the 19th century. And no Tramp does not refer to what you think it does. If refers instead to the past-time of the psycho who goes around tormenting these poor souls who read his book on their Kindle. As of me, yes I am OK after reading it and I have not been tormented too much by it. However, due to lack of information in the description and the word ghost used, I am only giving this book 4 stars. Which should mean nothing to you if you like this type of read now that you know it is not my cup of tea. Stick me in a house with some dead bodies or a house where bodies have died and I have no problem with that. But if they are alive, being hacked and running around screaming, forget it. I actually lived with a ghost for years and never gave him the time of day. Yes, it was a him. I know because my daughter found him walking through the house on more than one occasion. Due to me being more afraid of real live humans or homosapiens or whatever you want to call them, than dead people, gore in a book does not appeal to me. However, I want to thank Bryan for allowing me to read The Haunted E-book. It is a great book that will be sure to scare the bajeebies out of quite a few readers. Also be aware that their is sexual content in this book and it is only for mature audiences, although I would think gore would be also.

  • Jamie (LadyJai) Dement
    2018-12-09 06:24

    I recently won an electronic copy or J. L. Bryan’s The Haunted E-Book in exchange for a review. I have been a fan of horror since my first encounter at the age of nine, when my parents bought me The Complete Short Stories of Edgar Allen Poe. Alongside Poe, I grew up with Stephen King, Peter Straub, and John Saul. I’ve never really been actually scared but the deep psychological thrillers always seemed to pique my interest. I hadn’t been reading horror for quite some time now as Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and children’s books have been capturing my attention lately. When I read the synopsis of the book I thought it might be intriguing. So, I began reading. Unfortunately, the synopsis was better written than the book. I only finished because I was obligated to write a review.You are introduced to the main character, Dee, in the first chapter but are not given enough time to get to know her, or connect with her before you are thrown into the book she is reading. You are hopelessly lost to find out who you are supposed to be rooting for here. Although, it is interesting that he tied them all together. The logic is not quite there.This leads me to the next issue of reading a book within a book, within a book. It was an interesting concept to be reading a book within a book. However, Bryan does not pass this off well enough. There is too much jumping between the books. To have each book titled the same as the main book with just different chapter numbers separating them is very trying just to keep those books straight. It is very confusing to keep the people, story, and characters straight. I was very disappointed with the lack of warning this book had in regards to the language and scenes. There were many adult oriented scenes that really had no place in the book. I understand, this is a “horror” book, but sex does not have to be a part of it. And the gore, well, I could see his descriptions of the “horror” scenes as nothing more than the “in your face kind of gore” you get with today’s horror movies. Whatever happened to the ones that make you THINK? I mean, those are the TRUE horror!Bryan is not very colorful with his writing. He lacks the imagery necessary to keep the reader engaged. Most of his adjectives are repetitive and mundane. He also seems to lack the visionary of an editor. This does not even begin to touch on the fact that there are so many grammatical and spelling errors throughout this book. I feel it was poorly written and Bryan hurried to get it out in print, bypassing any editing process. My impression of this book is very poor. I can see this book as nothing more than Bryan’s attempt at a novel during the NaNoWriMo challenge in November, where a writer challenges himself to produce a novel of 50,000 words in the span of thirty days. Just because you have accomplished writing 50,000 words does not mean that you’ve completed the task of writing a novel and it’s ready for readers. I did a little research, as well. I found out that this book was published using “CreateSpace”, which is a self-publishing tool. This leads me to the conclusion that my gut instincts were right. He has bypassed the whole editing/publishing process just so he could get his name and book in print. There are reasons we have editors. They help eliminate the grammatical and typographical errors this book is riddled with. There are also reasons why we have publishers. They help weed out nonsensical and poorly written stories. They know the market. They know what will sell. They can weed people like J. L. Bryan out of the book market! Please, don’t read this! It’s not worth your time!

  • Craig Hansen
    2018-11-20 01:31

    THE HAUNTED EBOOK by J.L. Bryan presents an interesting conundrum for the average reader. On the one hand, the plot is not much deeper than the average Nightmare On Elm Street movie, or at least the first installment of that series. We get the origin of Jonah and establish his modus operandi.We also get the Exceptional Female Heroine, who is just a bit brighter than Jonah's average victims and will present a challenge worthy of taking him out of his killing ways. So from a plot structure standpoint, THE HAUNTED EBOOK is not that dazzling. In fact, it could easily be considered pulp horror.However, there's bad pulp horror, and there's good pulp horror. One tends to forget that some of the finest voices in horror and science fiction of the 1940s and 1950s got their start in the classic pulp magazines of the day. Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, Richard Matheson and countless others.In that classic spirit, THE HAUNTED EBOOK is an example of good pulp horror. The prose is well-written, the plot and character development deftly handled, and the narrative contains an energy and verve that keeps the reader moving forward in a way that elevated the book above its pulpish structure.There already exists significant proof Bryan's voice is one that will be up to the challenge of taking on more challenging plot structures in the future. His books JENNY POX and TOMMY NIGHTMARE are prime examples of what he can and has achieved so far.That is the sense one gets when reading the "good pulp horror" that is THE HAUNTED EBOOK. That beneath the veneer of a rather standard plot structure lurks the heart of an outstanding genre writer, just yearning to break free.As such, while THE HAUNTED EBOOK isn't J.L. Bryan's best work, it's most certainly engaging, and is the work where you can detect him sharpening his skills for the greater works to come. Recommended.

  • Mary Grace
    2018-11-30 05:29

    The story is about Dee who is a librarian by profession. Dee's life is somewhat nonexistent except for a crappy boyfriend, her passion in books and the library, and her cat. One day Dee reads a horror book, a genre which she doesn't really read, and it changed her life entirely - and not in a good way.The Haunted E-book is a story about an obsessed killer during the 19th century who kills people out of his passion for writing. As Dee reads the story, strange things are happening not only with the book but also with her life. Dee later finds out that the story in the books are real, the ghost is not in her imagination and her life is about to end unless she finishes the book.JL Bryan did an amazing job with The Hunted E-Book. It was fresh, fascinating and creepy. The characters were well develop and though I had a hard time reading at first because it was like reading a book in a book sort of thing, it was a fast read. I always admire how Bryan write believable characters and creepy images that can really make you fear the night. I was just hoping that there were more about the other characters in the book, more background and more development. I also would have loved a more complicated and twisty confrontation with Dee and the ghost - especially in the part where Dee was trying to stop the ghost - the ending was on my opinion cut abruptly but that only made me crave a sequel for the book (hinting for a sequel Bryan, please!). In summary, I loved the book. Would definitely re-read it again and will certainly recommend it to people. Another great read from an amazing indie author.To all ghost lovers, mystery seekers and horror fanatics - grab JL Bryans The Haunted E-Book and you will never regret reading it too!

  • Hira
    2018-11-12 03:44

    J.L. Bryan's "The Haunted E-Book" can easily be described as a deplorable tale, full of horror, gore, sex and gratuitous behavior. At times these elements play very well into the "horror" genre, but at times they seem forced and unnecessary in the progression of the novel. Also, the whole "story within the story" feature is something I've always found interesting - and I found it interesting in the case of this book as well. I like tracking two stories to the point of their intersection, and it was the need to unravel both mysteries that kept me reading this book, however, the author has not made it very easy for the reader to follow the progress of the two stories. What I did like about it, however, was that the entire time, the switching around keeps the reader guessing. I was disappointed that Dee's character wasn't more intimately explored. I think the best character in "horror", the ones in particular being haunted, their own skeletons are what aid and abet in their becoming the victim of this horror. Bryan gets far deeper into the character of Jonah, which perhaps is the redeeming point, in terms of incomplete characterization. In all fairness, I have to admit that the book could have used more editing, but ultimately, it is also a fact that although gratuitous, this book was entertaining and kept me hooked until the end. It kept me wanting to find out "what next" - and that's essential for a book in this genre. Also, horror novels are usually somewhat gratuitous - some more than others, so if you're a fan of horror with subtle nuances, this book is not for you. It is composed of bold and garish situations - but if you are prepared for those, this could very well be a book you'll love!

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2018-12-02 07:37

    I am happy to support J L Bryan with the release of his newest publication, The Haunted E-book. Jeff is currently promoting his new novel with a book blog tour, offering fabulous prizes including print and eformat copies of The Haunted E-book, The Haunted Library and a Kindle WiFi. You will have an opportunity to enter for several prizes both today and tomorrow on Book’d Out.Jenny Pox, published last year, has been a hit with a rare cross appeal offering something for both the mature and young adult reader and an impressive, well written story. When I interviewed Jeff last year about his book, he hinted that he was finishing up a horror story about a haunted E-book. With such an intriguing idea, and confident in Bryan’s skill, I was looking forward to its release.The Haunted E-book is placed more firmly in the horror genre. Bryan twists an innocuous Kindle into an instrument of terror wielded by the soul of a psychotic print press operator. The plot is intricate as it weaves story within story, while pulling the reader into a journey of disturbing violence and spine tingling dread. There are intriging twists, creating an uncomfortable rhythm that heightens the tension as the characters are unwittingly trapped in a nightmarish plot. I thought Bryan’s explantion for the haunting was particularly creative, and as creepy as hell. The climax ties all the threads together in a satisfying manner and I doubt you will ever be able to look at your e-reader the same way again.Visit my blog at www.bookdout.wordpress.com

  • Alexandria Thompson
    2018-11-25 00:45

    I won an electronic copy of this in exchange for a review. The writing is a bit clunky and it could have been smoother, but as a whole the idea behind it is one that has been done before. It was nice though to see the idea flushed out via a kindle to make us e-book readers set down whatever we're reading the book with to take a look at our surroundings to make sure someone else is at least in the house with us. (I know I did)I have to admit the bits of sex scenes rather made me roll my eyes and felt out of place and could have been better executed if not removed from it at all. The dance between humor and horror was nice and I found myself laughing several times, if not always at what would be deemed the funny parts of the storyline as they became just too much at some points to handle without laughing.I have to agree with some other reviewers that the characters fall short of the mark and that development was needed desperately. As a writer myself, character development is something I love doing and diving into a past finding things you weren't sure where there is always a nice surprise, but it's depressing when a writer with potential, as I've said, makes his character fall short of the mark.

  • Sarah-Jayne Briggs
    2018-12-12 07:47

    I bought this book for my Kindle partly because I liked Jenny Pox by the same author and also because I liked the blurb on the back.I'm kind of picky when it comes to pure horror in books. I don't find it entertaining that often, but I found myself liking the characters in this book. Some of the scenes were incredibly gory and disturbing - and there was one scene in particular that creeped me out completely (book virus, for those of you who have read it).The dipping between characters wasn't as confusing as I thought it would be, although it can feel a little weird to read about a character reading about a character reading about a character - but that, of course, is the whole point. (Corrine begins thinking that she's just a character as well, waiting her turn to die).The 'monster' was suitably scary. There weren't any redeeming qualities to him, which is often seen in horror. In my opinion, the author did a very good job with this book and I definitely enjoyed it and will probably read it to a couple of my friends. All in all, it was an original premise and executed well.

  • Anne
    2018-11-21 00:51

    I, too, won a copy with a request to write a review. I read this about 3 weeks ago on vaction and don't remember the sex scenes that were mentioned by a couple of other reviewers. Maybe I had an earlier version or they just weren't memorable as either good or bad to me. I also don't recall the editing being poor enough to note it.Truthfully, this would have been a DNF if I hadn't felt an obligation to write a review. I found the start to be quite slow, but it picked up in the last 40%. I also found the novel within a novel, within a novel an interesting idea, which luckily didn't continue further and become a confusing mess. I kind of resented the fact that I, the reader, was told I couldn't put the book down because horrible things would happen to me. I thought it was a bit manipulative, but it was a horror story.I would give a mild recommendation to someone looking for a not too scary horror read, but would not read this again or have it on my list of books to recommend.

  • Jenny
    2018-11-28 23:29

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Initially I thought it sounded a little predictable but I was interested in how the author would develop the story.At the beginning I found myself a little lost in which story I was reading but after a few chapters, I got the hang of it. I did take time to stop on occasion and straighten out the order of each of the sub-stories in the book.Although I was confused a few times, I thought this was an interesting way to present this book. It allowed the suspense level to stay elevated throughout the story.I will say that I had this book in the e-book version and I believe that I would not have enjoyed the suspense of the book if it had been the paperback version. There is something about reading an e-book about a haunted e-book.I would definitely check out another J.L. Bryan book in the future.

  • Mary(Biblophile)
    2018-11-30 05:42

    I just couldn't put this book down although I felt there was way too much gratituous gore, sex, and violence. The writing style reminded me of the old pulp horror stories of the 1960s and 70s. A better editing job on the numerous grammatical errors would have greatly improved the reading experience.That being said, I loved the concept of a story within a story within a story. Although I had no problem following the story, I could see where it might be confusing for some. The idea of finding a book, reading a book, and having your life depend on you finishing the book was intriguing. "Read any good books lately?" takes on a whole new meaning. A very novel idea using a Kindle as an instrument of terror. Despite it's faults, I loved this creepy, inventive, engossing ghostly tale.

  • Wendy-Lynn
    2018-12-03 04:33

    The Haunted E-Book by JL Bryan was indeed a very unique story. It follows Dee, a librarian, who is tired of reading the same old romance novels. She decides to purchase a horror novel and begins reading it on her Kindle. Unbeknownst to her she is reading a story within a story. Because of this, it started to get a little confusing bouncing back and forth. The creepy guy with the teeth will forever "haunt" me. Overall, if you like horror novels (and this had some gruesome parts in it), give it a try.

  • Merriwether
    2018-12-06 03:26

    A bit too gruesome, not worse than Jason or Hannibel Lecture movies, this book definitely started picking up aroind 200 pages in, if you stick with it until there you get more of a feel for the way the characters are reading about each others nightmarish lives. It didn't scare me so much as gross me out and I honestly lost interest in it around pg 480. I may go back to it. I was looking forward to reading Jenny Pox by this author, so I hope those books are better.

  • Suzie
    2018-11-29 01:30

    Very clever book! Though a serious horror at times, it had some delightfully funny parts too, like when she calld Amazon customer service to find out what was wrong with her kindle device LOL. That cracked me up. I thought the book was very well written and searched the author to find others of similar nature.Read this one!

  • Bewitched Bookworms
    2018-11-22 04:40

    This book will get under your skin and fast and you'll find that whether you believe the implied threat that to stop reading is to invite death, you just can't leave this story alone.Read the full review here.

  • J. Ewbank
    2018-11-26 07:44

    This book by J. L. Bryan is an interesting read and very unusual book. The plot is out of this world in that it involved the haunting of an e-book story. The characters are interesting and believable and for those who like horror books, this one will be one they will be happy to read. I am glad I did.J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"

  • Lauralynn Elliott
    2018-11-27 07:42

    This book isn't for the faint of heart. It's very creepy and has a very scary character that terrorizes the others. This is almost like a book within a book within a book. Even with the twists in this novel, it's still easy for the reader to follow what's going on. This is a great story and will keep you reading into the dead of night...if you dare.

  • Debi Faulkner
    2018-12-11 01:26

    I loved the idea of this book -- how the characters were interwoven and played in one another's stories. The only thing that dropped it a star for me was that there were times when I felt things just dragged on a bit. This wasn't a bit problem, though (thus the 4-star rating!).

  • Patricia
    2018-12-03 07:35

    Just as the book says "I don't usually read books with blood and gore but I can't seem to put it down". The book was awesome! I kept waiting for my kindle to chime at me when I wasn't reading thankfully it never did!