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Family Business

Jonathan Sims

4 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A chilling new horror from the award-winning writer of the bestselling THIRTEEN STOREYS and THE MAGNUS ARCHIVES podcast

'A modern horror classic from one of the most exciting writers in the field today' Starburst Magazine on Thirteen Storeys

'A wonderful new twist on an age-old genre. 5 out of 5' SFX on Thirteen Storeys



When Diya Burman's best friend Angie dies, it feels like her own life is falling apart. Wanting a fresh start, she joins Slough & Sons - a family firm that cleans up after the recently deceased.

Old love letters. Porcelain dolls. Broken trinkets. Clearing away the remnants of other people's lives, Diya begins to see things. Horrible things. Things that get harder and harder to write off as merely her grieving imagination. All is not as it seems with the Slough family. Why won't they speak about their own recent loss? And who is the strange man that keeps turning up at their jobs?

If Diya's not careful, she might just end up getting buried under the family tree. . .

A chilling new horror about grief and belonging from the award-winning writer of the internationally bestselling Thirteen Storeys.


'Combines a creeping sense of unease with all-out gore . . . Nerve-jangling.' Guardian

'A wonderfully creepy climax, hitting that perfect spot of uncanny horror' Grimdark Magazine

'Left me feeling uneasy . . . creeped out, and a little bit horrified. In other words, this was an excellent book' NetGalley reviewer

'Steals your sleep, not only because it's such a page turner but it is very very creepy . . . Highly recommended' NetGalley reviewer

'Chilling and so creepy - perfect reading . . . Even if you don't usually go for this genre, give THIRTEEN STOREYS a try - you won't be disappointed!' NetGalley reviewer

'This book literally has it all: simply faultless. A majestic tour de force of the imagination' NetGalley reviewer

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Praise for Family Business

  • The book works both as a collection of inventive horror stories and as a cohesive novel, building to a nerve-jangling finale that reveals the shocking events at the party - Guardian on THIRTEEN STOREYS

  • Thrilling, chilling and thoroughly entertaining - Tattooed Book Geek on THIRTEEN STOREYS

  • Sims really has created an innovative novel where everything falls into place within its thrilling climax. - Fantasy Hive on THIRTEEN STOREYS

  • An excellent portmanteau novel. It's an ultra modern take on the haunted house story while each tale mixes in different subgenre flavours from techno-fear and shifting architecture to creepy kids and beyond, all building to a joined up climax that's pleasingly violent and gross. - Den of Geek on THIRTEEN STOREYS

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Jonathan Sims

Jonathan Sims is a writer, performer and games designer whose work primarily focuses on the macabre, the grotesque, and the gentle touch of creeping dread. He is the mind and the voice behind acclaimed horror podcast The Magnus Archives, high octane space-cabaret The Mechanisms and some of your favourite nightmares. He lives in Walthamstow with the two best cats and an overwhelming backlog of books that he really should get round to.

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