Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates
SUICIDE FOREST IS REAL – ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK
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 and readers 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’s adolescent point of view, making the horror of his youthful reminiscences that much more intense.” – Publishers Weekly on Black Canyon
“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 outcome only in an epilogue. A graphically violent story with building suspense and a moral about where weaving such a web may lead.” – Booklist on White Lies
“The Catacombs is a thrilling descent into the unknown, peeling back the dark layers like a rotting onion, tears running down your face as you try to climb your way out. A hypnotic story of buried truths, disfigured creatures, and lost histories told with an authoritative voice full of heart and insight.” – Richard Thomas, Bram Stoker nominated author on The Catacombs
“Jeremy Bates doesn’t miss a trick, teasing and misleading, ratcheting up the tension as the heroine…loses traction on a slippery slope of deceptions.” – Glenn Kleier, New York Times bestselling author on White Lies
“A horror story like none other…makes for a read that will delight horror fans who want their novels steeped in psychological suspense 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 first time.” – 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.” – Lyn Lutrzykowski
“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
“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
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Horror (2015)
ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist for Horror (2014)
Reader Views Literary Award (2015)
Australian Shadows Award Finalist for Best Novel (2015)
Best Books Award Finalist for Horror (2015)
“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
“Now, many horror accounts use the same kind of formula writing: unsuspecting (or curious) victims poke at a known danger until, one by one, they succumb to some dark magic, or a monster. If you’re expecting that kind of breezy horror, move on: Suicide Forest isn’t like that. It’s about heroes and about atrocities committed in the name of heroism. It’s about legacies and impacts of decisions, and it’s about a reign of terror that has its possible roots in the supernatural (or, does it?) Most of all, it’s ultimately about love – and about nightmares that keep victims screaming long beyond the event (or any revelations about its realities.) It’s about reclaiming power and wielding it. Expect scenes sometimes gory and startling – this is no light read. Suicide Forest takes all the elements of horror – gore and bloodshed, psychological ties that bind, and a group of fairly normal individuals who themselves absorb some of the horror they confront – and turns it around so that, in the end, one doesn’t quite know where the true horror lies. It’s difficult to dance around premise and outcome without revealing spoilers, in this case. Suffice it to say that Suicide Forest takes any preconceived notions of ‘horror’ and turns them on end.” – Midwest Book Review
Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates is a psychological horror story that looks at people’s fascination with death, why people commit suicide, the hardships of life, friendship and love…The thing I admired about Suicide Forest was that this is a book that didn’t have a lot of action until the end but still managed to keep me interested. I found the characters so intriguing that I couldn’t put it down. Even the characters that aren’t in the book long have fascinating back stories. This is a psychological horror story which explores some deep subjects in a horrific setting…The reader is constantly left with a feeling of unease because you’re not quite sure what’s happening until the end. The only thing you know for sure is that entering the forest was a bad idea and all the characters seem to turn on each other at one point. This book made me think of The Blair Witch Project with the exception being that this takes place in what is believed to be a real haunted setting….From reading this book I felt like I had visited the Suicide Forest myself…If you want to know what I mean read the book and find out, you won’t be disappointed.” – HorrorAddicts
“Suicide Forest holds you to the end; narration, dialog, and descriptions all pull together realistically to place you in the moment. This is one of those books that invites you to read it in one sitting…From the book’s cover that reads “World Scariest Places: Book One,” it appears that this may be one of the series of novels using actual places on Earth. It is an intriguing concept and one I hope the author continues with; his first experiment is clearly a success. Suicide Forest is for the reader who likes his thrills slowly revealed and full of psychological and interpersonal drama but still shocking and scary. Suicide Forest may not have you buying a plane ticket for Japan to camp amongst the corpses but it will still transport you to the forest and reveal its secrets.” – Hellnotes
“Jeremy Bates has written a spellbinding horror story that steadily heightens in suspense until the tension of individuals in desperate straits reaches epic proportions, resulting in an explosive climax followed by a nerve-racking scene in the epilogue…The excellent use of imagery enables readers to become intimately involved in the story vicariously experiencing the abject terror, misery, and despair faced by each person. The hair-raising story keeps you on the edge-of-your-seat wondering if anyone will make it out of the macabre forest alive.” – Bestsellersworld
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Jeremy Bates is the #1 bestselling and award-winning author of several novels and short stories. He writes suspense and horror fiction. The novels in the “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 Island of the Dolls in Mexico.
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