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Interview with Jeremy

Jeremy Bates is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and novellas, which have been translated into several languages and downloaded more than one million times. He has won both an Australian Shadows Award and a Canadian Arthur Ellis Award. 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. You can check out any of these places on the web, or visit SUICIDEFOREST.INFO, THECATACOMBS.INFO, HELLTOWN.INFO, and ISLANDOFTHEDOLLZ.INFO.

Bates was born in Toronto, Ontario. He attended St. Michael's College School, a private, all boys Roman Catholic high school, and The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy. He also holds a graduate teaching diploma from Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia. Bates currently lives on the far north coast of New South Wales, Australia.

"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

"Bates' approach to the story is surprisingly restrained, cultivating impressive frights in the unnerving environment...an understated horror story that will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like." - Kirkus Reviews on Suicide Forest

"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

"Jeremy Bates has written a great book that would make a great Hollywood screenplay!" - Suspense Magazine on The Taste of Fear

"[A] short, sharp shocker...Bates (The Taste of Fear) 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

"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

"The story culminates in a tense situation and a surprising yet satisfying ending...well written and an exciting thriller." - Suspense Magazine on White Lies

"This is one of those books that invites you to read it in one sitting." - Hellnotes on Suicide Forest

"[R]ead this book. It will give you the major creeps. It's one of those that will make your skin crawl." - Scream Magazine on Island of the Dolls

"Big on suspense...This book made me think of The Blair Witch Project with the exception being that this takes place in...a real haunted setting." - HorrorAddicts on Suicide Forest

"Here's an enjoyable book to lose yourself in. 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

"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." - Bestsellersworld on Suicide Forest

"Perfect for Laymon Fans!" - OutlawPoet Top 1000 Reviewer Vine Voice

"Definitely recommend to all fans of modern horror." - Fans of Modern Horror

"Any Stephen King or Dean Koontz fan will love it." - Jess

"Jeremy Bates is giving Stephen king a run" - Mimi

"This is one of the best books I have ever read" - barbara chaney

"I loved the book! I just couldn't put it down. It's the first time I get that excited for this kind of book since I read Dean Koontz's Intensity many years back." - Amazon Customer

"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

"Jeremy Bates is my new favorite author!" - Amazon Customer

"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 Willett, author of Backwoods Ripper

"This author is in the same league as King, Simmons, and Craven" - linda22724

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World's Scariest Places - Available Now
  • Suicide Forest

  • The Catacombs

  • Helltown

  • Island of the Dolls

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