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Award-winning author and “Champion Mojo Storyteller” Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard, Bubba Ho Tep) and his daughter, author / country singer Kasey Lansdale, have joined forces to bring you a short story collection showcasing the new dynamic duo of supernatural sleuthing, Dana Roberts and her sidekick Jana! Terror is Our Business gathers together all of Dana’s and Jana’s pre Award-winning author and “Champion Mojo Storyteller” Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard, Bubba Ho Tep) and his daughter, author / country singer Kasey Lansdale, have joined forces to bring you a short story collection showcasing the new dynamic duo of supernatural sleuthing, Dana Roberts and her sidekick Jana! Terror is Our Business gathers together all of Dana’s and Jana’s previous cases in a single volume, and features an all-new adventure, “The Case of the Ragman’s Anguish,” written exclusively for this collection. Join Dana and Jana as they investigate—and battle—angry jinns, malevolent shadows, ancient travelers, and soul-sucking shapeshifters. With two tough, resourceful women on the case, the specters from “the other side” won’t know what hit them!


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Award-winning author and “Champion Mojo Storyteller” Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard, Bubba Ho Tep) and his daughter, author / country singer Kasey Lansdale, have joined forces to bring you a short story collection showcasing the new dynamic duo of supernatural sleuthing, Dana Roberts and her sidekick Jana! Terror is Our Business gathers together all of Dana’s and Jana’s pre Award-winning author and “Champion Mojo Storyteller” Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard, Bubba Ho Tep) and his daughter, author / country singer Kasey Lansdale, have joined forces to bring you a short story collection showcasing the new dynamic duo of supernatural sleuthing, Dana Roberts and her sidekick Jana! Terror is Our Business gathers together all of Dana’s and Jana’s previous cases in a single volume, and features an all-new adventure, “The Case of the Ragman’s Anguish,” written exclusively for this collection. Join Dana and Jana as they investigate—and battle—angry jinns, malevolent shadows, ancient travelers, and soul-sucking shapeshifters. With two tough, resourceful women on the case, the specters from “the other side” won’t know what hit them!

30 review for Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors

  1. 5 out of 5

    Char

    Joe Lansdale always delivers and now we know that Kasey Lansdale does too! In the foreword, the "Champion Mojo Storyteller" shares with us a little bit about his character Dana Roberts, and how she came about investigating what she calls the "supernormal." This being what most people call "supernatural," but what Dana believes are just events that science cannot yet explain. I enjoyed her tales a LOT, mostly because I loved the framework of Dana being asked to share her stories with a group of s Joe Lansdale always delivers and now we know that Kasey Lansdale does too! In the foreword, the "Champion Mojo Storyteller" shares with us a little bit about his character Dana Roberts, and how she came about investigating what she calls the "supernormal." This being what most people call "supernatural," but what Dana believes are just events that science cannot yet explain. I enjoyed her tales a LOT, mostly because I loved the framework of Dana being asked to share her stories with a group of skeptical men, (and sometimes women), in a smoky club. In the last two tales, Dana hires Jana, (Kasey Lansdale's creation), and they investigate a few cases together. While Dana is the skeptical, professional and beautiful lead "investigator," Jana is the irreverent, less polished, but also beautiful, sidekick. Having these last tales be from her POV was brilliant, giving us a different look at Dana's work while also highlighting the fact that Dana is kind of hoity-toity and not as willing to get her hands dirty as this reader first thought. My favorites of the bunch were: THE CASE OF THE LIGHTHOUSE SHAMBLER I'm a sucker for haunted lighthouse stories and this one was a doozy. THE CASE OF THE FOUR ACRE HAUNT was the tale of a haunted house. What made it special for me were the descriptions of the shadows; some of them honestly gave me the heebie-jeebies, and that doesn't happen often. Well done! THE CASE OF THE ANGRY TRAVELER featured one of my favorite tropes-the whole city discovered beneath today's city type-thing. Now you know that Dana and friends found something down there, but what was it, exactly? You'll have to read this book to find out! Of the two Jana and Dana stories, THE CASE OF THE RAGMAN'S ANGUISH stood out the most for me. This was more of a novella than a short story, but there were different aspects to it than in the other tales, (I won't say what those aspects were), which made it unique and my favorite story of the bunch. TERROR IS OUR BUSINESS was just plain fun and reminded me of the flat-out horror tales Joe Lansdale wrote back in the day. Joe's famous sense of humor may not be the prominent one in this collection, but Kasey's, (or Jana's) humor is, and it turns out? She's funny too! Highly recommended for fans of short, scary stories that have a healthy side of humor and skepticism! *Thanks to the authors and to the publicist at Cutting Block Books for the chance to read this book free, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was a fun collection of spooky short stories. In the introduction, Joe Lansdale recommends spreading out your reading of the stories and I agree with that. Like he mentions in the intro, the stories follow a similar structure so reading them over time is definitely the better option. Otherwise, it is easy to tire of them. Personally, I really loved Jana as a character. I felt more of a connection with her than I did with Dana. Jana was more relatable and added a nice dash of humor to the sto This was a fun collection of spooky short stories. In the introduction, Joe Lansdale recommends spreading out your reading of the stories and I agree with that. Like he mentions in the intro, the stories follow a similar structure so reading them over time is definitely the better option. Otherwise, it is easy to tire of them. Personally, I really loved Jana as a character. I felt more of a connection with her than I did with Dana. Jana was more relatable and added a nice dash of humor to the stories. My favorite story from the whole collection was the Jana solo story, “Blind Love.” That story felt very modern and fresh. That being said, aside from “Blind Love” my favorite stories were the Dana solo stories. Jana was great in the other stories, but I didn’t find the plots of them to be as interesting as the earlier Dana stories. I also was happy that this book centered on female leads since you don’t always see that in the horror genre. As for the horror level of this book, it is pretty mild. So if you are a scaredy cat, you’ll still be able to enjoy this collection. Overall, this is a great collection of stories if you are in the mood for some paranormal mysteries.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror

    Thank you to Lauren Roberts at Smith Publicity for sending the #nightworms an advanced copy of Terror is Our Business in exchange for honest reviews. Having spent a majority of my reading time in the horror genre exclusively since September of last year, I feel like the genre has seeped into my bones and wrapped my brain in a fine residue by which everything I read is filtered through and judged by. That being said, the standard at this point is high. At first, this book was not doing it for me. Ou Thank you to Lauren Roberts at Smith Publicity for sending the #nightworms an advanced copy of Terror is Our Business in exchange for honest reviews. Having spent a majority of my reading time in the horror genre exclusively since September of last year, I feel like the genre has seeped into my bones and wrapped my brain in a fine residue by which everything I read is filtered through and judged by. That being said, the standard at this point is high. At first, this book was not doing it for me. Our protagonist, Dana, is a "debunker"/investigator of the supernormal and an invited guest at a skeptical men's social club. The story telling is so dry here, the technique of sharing Dana's experiences with unexplained events so basic, that nothing was scary or creepy--it read almost as a clinical/sterile story sharing--I found myself wanting to skim over the words. I was told by my Night Worms crew that I should hang in there and wait until Kasey, Joe Lansdale's daughter, contributed. Halfway through, Dana introduces her partner Jana (Kasey's character) and things do liven up with Jana's POV. However, I really wanted this to fix the whole reading experience but it just didn't quite get me there. I'm not sure who I would recommend this collection to--perhaps Lansdale fans who want all of Lansdale's works? But I don't think so because I've read some of his stories and there is a raw, edgy, pull-no-punches style to his writing that is totally lacking here. Horror fans? No...this one fell a little flat. I wasn't scared or creeped out-nothing surprised me. Maybe YA horror fans! Yes. So, if you have a preteen or YA reader in the house that wants a gateway drug into some stronger stuff, this would be a *great* book to start with. Haunted Lighthouses, spooky houses, an X-Files style flavor with some interesting, female protagonists-perfect introductory subject material and plot tropes from the genre to whet the appetite. This book comes out on May 29th, 2018

  4. 5 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 Well I have to say that I don't read much horror, but when I heard Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors by Joe R. Lansdale and his daughter Kasey was a collection of short stories/cases of a paranormal investigator I said sign me up! The concept of a paranormal investigator is different from anything I have ever read, and I really enjoyed it. Terror Is Our Business focuses on a supernatural investigator named Dana who prefers to be called a supernormal investigato ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 Well I have to say that I don't read much horror, but when I heard Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors by Joe R. Lansdale and his daughter Kasey was a collection of short stories/cases of a paranormal investigator I said sign me up! The concept of a paranormal investigator is different from anything I have ever read, and I really enjoyed it. Terror Is Our Business focuses on a supernatural investigator named Dana who prefers to be called a supernormal investigator because all her cases are just things we have yet to understand. You get reminded of this a lot which did get on my nerves a little. In the intro from Joe Lansdale he does mention that each of the stories (or cases if you will) are meant to be read once per day or once per week, so maybe the book is written based on the thinking we forgot? Either way, it got a little repetitive for me and I think they could have left it out after the first time. Anyway, most of the cases are told as Dana speaking to a "men's" club - think cigars, drinking, and food but with a couple of women members - but the last 2 are with her new assistant Jana (created by Kasey), and the story before those is all Jana and her first experience with the "supernormal." I did love the comic relief Jana provided as Dana can be a bit stiff as a character. However, and I'm sure this will be an unpopular opinion, I actually tended to prefer the club stories because you got case details only, plus they were straight and to the point as opposed to reading about all of Jana's thoughts and actions. The cases were full of creepiness, weirdness, and sometimes a bit of gore, but I didn't get that horror vibe that I was expecting. There are definitely some intense scenes, but I wasn't scared in a way I usually am with full blown horror. I think this is a good book for people that don't normally read the genre but kind of want to get their feet wet so to speak. I loved that both Kasey and her father were involved in the writing of this book - the family that writes horror together stays together? I really didn't want it to end because I was having so much fun reading it. I really hope there is more Jana and Dana (or at least Dana) in the near future. Final Thought: While the book was a bit repetitive at times and I didn't feel like this was really horror, I still seriously enjoyed Terror Is Our Business. This is the first time I've read anything from Joe R. Lansdale and I hear it is very different from his usual work. I might go back and read some of his books, but I just really love the idea of a paranormal investigator who is a seriously strong female character. All I know is I want more Dana pronto, and I'm going to be very sad if I don't see this character again. Terror Is Our Business in 3-ish words: Page-Turner, Spine-Tingling, Mysterious

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cody | CodysBookshelf

    Thanks to Cutting Block Books for sending all us Nightworms free review copies of this book! It is much appreciated. I was not sure what to expect going into this collection of stories. I gave the synopsis a cursory glance before diving in; I am a Joe Lansdale fan (By Bizarre Hands is one of my all-time favorite horror collections), and that was enough for me. Featured herein are seven tales of the spiritual and supernormal, featuring supernormal investigator Dana Roberts and, occasionally, her si Thanks to Cutting Block Books for sending all us Nightworms free review copies of this book! It is much appreciated. I was not sure what to expect going into this collection of stories. I gave the synopsis a cursory glance before diving in; I am a Joe Lansdale fan (By Bizarre Hands is one of my all-time favorite horror collections), and that was enough for me. Featured herein are seven tales of the spiritual and supernormal, featuring supernormal investigator Dana Roberts and, occasionally, her sidekick Jana. The stories feature a wide range of ghosts and demons and other haunts; the stories are nothing if not varied. The first story, “The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler,” is a favorite as I love old lighthouses and think they make for excellent haunted stories. Why are they not used more in horror fiction? Maybe that is what makes them so special: they are not overused like vampires and old houses. The stories narrated by Dana, however, are a bit dry — I found the language she uses a bit boring, and I was not able to really engage with her as a character. Because of that, I found myself skimming here and there, waiting for things to pick up. And they did. After an introduction from Kasey, Joe’s daughter, the character of Jana is introduced, giving new life to Dana and her investigations. Jana adds heart and humor to this collection, and I liked her much more than Dana — who, by the end, came across as rather egotistical and cold. I don’t think I will ever come back to this collection, but I did enjoy myself. It’s a fine read, for what it is, and I think Joe and Kasey had a good time working together. My ranking of the stories (from favorite to least favorite): “Blind Love” “The Case of the Ragman’s Anguish” “The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler” “The Case of the Bleeding Wall” “The Case of the Angry Traveler” “The Case of the Four Acre Haunt” “The Case of the Stalking Shadow” This book releases on 5/29!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mindi

    Thank you to Smith Publicity and Kasey Lansdale for providing this book to the NightWorms in exchange for an honest review. This is my first book by Joe R. Lansdale, and it definitely will not be my last! And I'm thrilled that this one was a collaboration between Joe and his daughter Kasey. The Lansdale's work seamlessly together, and Kasey adds a lot of fun to the supernormal world of Dana Roberts. I had a blast reading this! The book is a collection of Joe's earlier stories involving a "supernor Thank you to Smith Publicity and Kasey Lansdale for providing this book to the NightWorms in exchange for an honest review. This is my first book by Joe R. Lansdale, and it definitely will not be my last! And I'm thrilled that this one was a collaboration between Joe and his daughter Kasey. The Lansdale's work seamlessly together, and Kasey adds a lot of fun to the supernormal world of Dana Roberts. I had a blast reading this! The book is a collection of Joe's earlier stories involving a "supernormal" detective named Dana Roberts. Dana doesn't believe in the supernatural per se, but she does believe that there are things that exist that cannot yet be explained by science. Lansdale's earlier stories all have the same structure. Dana visits this club or society as a guest speaker and tells the members who have gathered the tales of her adventures. She soon becomes a wildly popular speaker at the club, and continues to visit to entertain them. I love this type of storytelling. The reader is drawn into the story by feeling as if they are actually there in the room, drink in hand, with a fire roaring in order to warm the listeners from the nasty weather outside. It's cosy and personable, and I adore it. Midway through the collection Kasey Lansdale begins to collaborate with her father on Dana's stories, and she adds her own character, Jana. Jana is down-to-earth and funny, and quickly becomes the yin to Dana's prim and uptight yang. Jana adds a lot of humor to the story, and again the reader feels drawn in because she is much more relatable than Dana. The duo balance each other perfectly, and their cases together are some of my favorites in the book. Much like Dana and Jana, Joe and Kasey mirror that relationship and work together with ease. Yes, this is the first book I've read by Joe R. Lansdale, but I still couldn't tell where he stopped and Kasey picked up the story. I really hope that they continue to work together to give us more tales with these two fantastic female detectives. I'm definitely a fan.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publicist for review consideration. Terror is Our Business is the first time I’ve ever read Joe or Kasey Lansdale. I love horror, but by all accounts I’m not nearly as wide read in it as I should be. (At least not when it comes to the more well-known names.) I was a bit nervous about accepting a free copy of the book for review consideration because of that. However, I figured this might give me a taste of Lansdale’s writing to see if I wanted t Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publicist for review consideration. Terror is Our Business is the first time I’ve ever read Joe or Kasey Lansdale. I love horror, but by all accounts I’m not nearly as wide read in it as I should be. (At least not when it comes to the more well-known names.) I was a bit nervous about accepting a free copy of the book for review consideration because of that. However, I figured this might give me a taste of Lansdale’s writing to see if I wanted to pursue other works from him. This was a set of seven stories, six having been previously printed. There are four stories from Joe R. Lansdale alone, and then Kasey’s character, Jana, gets introduced and the rest of the stories are dual-written. It also contains an introduction from Joe Lansdale talking about the formation of the Dana Roberts’ series, and how it has changed. There’s a similar introduction from Kasey’s point of view when the Jana-inclusive stories are getting ready to be told. Dana and Jana are a good contrast to each other. Dana is rich, well-educated, and a bit of a snob. I initially liked her quite a bit, but over time she started to annoy me a tad. I did appreciate the fact that she was a self-professed atheist, though (who wasn’t evil! Imagine that!) She’s very good at what she does, but she’s not exactly the type of person I want to spend any considerable amount of time around. Jana, on the other hand, is more down to earth. She’s a bit crude, has no filter, and isn’t exactly the picture of grace that Dana is. Needless to say, I liked Jana a whole lot more. I think Dana and Jana have the potential to develop a rapport as a team that will be consistently engaging. However, to be quite honest, I don’t think they’re there yet. There are enough hints of a relationship forming that I would definitely pick up more, but at this point it’s on potential rather than true enjoyment of the series. I hope Nora and Gary aren’t completely written out of the series, either. I liked them both, what little we got to see, and would love to see them on page a bit more. Anyways, here’s my breakdown. The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler and The Case of the Creeping Shadow were the least liked ones from the book. The format is okay, but the way Dana relays things is so stiff and formal that it’s hard to get into. I liked the edge of horror they had, but couldn’t connect. The Case of the 4 Acre Haunt got my attention. I had never heard of an H-tree, but the way Joe Landsdale described it, and what happened in the woods was definitely creepy! The Case of the Angry Traveler was my favorite of the solely Dana cases. This one was a sci-fi horror, and even though it wasn’t really ever scary, it was interesting, and I liked the ending. Blind Love, the story following Angry Traveler was lovely. It disgusted me, but it also delighted me. I almost instantly felt a lot more connected to the stories when the humorous element was introduced. The Case of the Bleeding Wall made me like Dana a little bit more. It showed that yes, even though she’s stiff and formal, she’s definitely human, and what she experienced truly bothered her. The Case of the Ragman’s Anguish wasn’t as good as The Case of the Bleeding Wall, but I still enjoyed it, and the scene in the car made my skin prickle a bit. My favorite case in the book was Blind Love, with The Case of the Angry Traveler being a close second. Joe and Kasey Lansdale are a wonderful team and Terror is Our Business is a solid collection of stories with a supernormal (sometimes Lovecraftian) bent to them. For those of you that read J.D. Robb’s In Death series, I think you’ll recognize a bit of the Eve and Peabody relationship with Dana and Jana. I hope to see more works from the father-daughter team in the future.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jen (LOHF/Book Den)

    Terror is Our Business was such a fun read for me. The stories in this collection were influenced by Algernon Blackwood, William Hope Hodgson, and Seabury Quinn. If you've known me for a while, you know how much I love Algernon Blackwood. I will be bumping my Seabury Quinn collection up the TBR immediately. I could see the Algernon Blackwood influence immediately in the first story The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler. A solid mix of Blackwood and Lansdale was a slice of heaven for me. I mentioned Terror is Our Business was such a fun read for me. The stories in this collection were influenced by Algernon Blackwood, William Hope Hodgson, and Seabury Quinn. If you've known me for a while, you know how much I love Algernon Blackwood. I will be bumping my Seabury Quinn collection up the TBR immediately. I could see the Algernon Blackwood influence immediately in the first story The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler. A solid mix of Blackwood and Lansdale was a slice of heaven for me. I mentioned earlier this month that I was craving creatures that dwell in the dark. The setting in The Case of the Angry Traveler absolutely satisfied that craving for me. It was perfect timing! The only complaints I had were actually addressed in Joe Lansdale's introduction to the collection. The beginning stories were framed with an old school storytelling device that put a bit of a wall between the reader and the story. There were also a lot of similarities between the original Dana Roberts tales. These minor complaints dropped off midway, though, as the character Jana entered the book and offered a fresh perspective on the remaining stories. Overall, I had a blast with Terror is Our Business. It hit on so many supernatural elements that I love. If you are a Lansdale fan or you love weird fiction reminiscent of Algernon Blackwood, H.P. Lovecraft, or H.G. Wells, you will want to read this collection. I'm sad that I don't have any more Dana Roberts stories. I will be anxiously awaiting the opportunity to read more. 3.5 Stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Terror is Our Business was a fun read, and I enjoyed seeing the way that the stories changed and progressed from beginning to end. This book is made up of 7 stories - the first 4 are written by Joe, and they are told in a club storytelling format - Dana shares each story with a group. The last 3 stories are written by both Joe & Kasey, and they are told from the POV of Dana's new assistant Jana. I really liked the introductions from Joe & Kasey. They work well together, and it sounds like they h Terror is Our Business was a fun read, and I enjoyed seeing the way that the stories changed and progressed from beginning to end. This book is made up of 7 stories - the first 4 are written by Joe, and they are told in a club storytelling format - Dana shares each story with a group. The last 3 stories are written by both Joe & Kasey, and they are told from the POV of Dana's new assistant Jana. I really liked the introductions from Joe & Kasey. They work well together, and it sounds like they had a lot of fun writing. I enjoyed the last half of the book much more than the first. The first few stories are a little too stilted/formal - Dana isn't a very warm character, which is fine, so at times it felt like a large disconnect between storyteller and readers I much preferred hearing about her through Jana. The one thing that I found most frustrating was Dana explaining her phrasing of "supernormal" over and over. It felt really pretentious by the end, and I started rolling my eyes whenever she would correct someone who said "supernatural". I could have done with less of that. Some of the stories were promisingly spooky! I really enjoyed The Case of the Bleeding Wall, The Case of the Ragman's Anguish, The Case of the Four Acre Haunt, and The Case of the Angry Traveler in particular. Bleeding Wall was definitely my favorite, though. I hope to read more from Joe & Kasey Lansdale soon! Terror is Our Business will be out on 5/29. Thank you to Smith Publicity for sending early copies to the Nightworms!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Changed from 4 stars to 5- because almost a year later this one still has a sweet spot in my heart and is at the forefront of my memory. This was my first time reading anything by Joe R. Lansdale, but I assure you, I will be reading more! I honestly thought these stories were going to give me nightmares, but quite the opposite actually! The strong female roles in this story and the details of how they combatted the supernatural was so impressive and lined up with a lot of occult information, whic Changed from 4 stars to 5- because almost a year later this one still has a sweet spot in my heart and is at the forefront of my memory. This was my first time reading anything by Joe R. Lansdale, but I assure you, I will be reading more! I honestly thought these stories were going to give me nightmares, but quite the opposite actually! The strong female roles in this story and the details of how they combatted the supernatural was so impressive and lined up with a lot of occult information, which I always love some truth in a good book, made it that much more believable. I was engrossed in another realm while reading this book. I LOVED the stories by Joe R. Lansdale, but I must say the stories where he wrote back and forth with his daughter Kasey Lansdale, it is my personal opinion that the stories just got too pro-feminism, like it was pushing way too hard, saying things like whoever said women were the weaker sex... stuff like that just wasn't even mentioned in the first few stories, and I loved that. It made the female characters that much more in their essence of bad-assery. (It tells you who wrote which stories) That is a minor detail though. I rated this book 4 stars because Joe's stories of the paranormal were told in such an intriguing way, I tried to refrain, as to not read through all them in one night. I read this in 3 days and now crave more Dana Robert's Casebook of Horrors stories written by both of these authors! I want to thank the Goodreads Giveaway Program, the author, and publisher, for this free print copy which I won. All reviews are my own and voluntary.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley (bookishmommy)

    Thank you, Smith Publicity for providing all the #nightworms free copies of Terror is Our Business to read and review! TIOB was my first Joe Lansdale reading experience. In the beginning, Joe recommends reading one story a day or one per week which I think is a fantastic way to go about this. I read about one story a day and it helped to break up the stories and not feel they were overlapping. I enjoyed most of the stories, they were spooky. And while I understand that the style is purposely "stif Thank you, Smith Publicity for providing all the #nightworms free copies of Terror is Our Business to read and review! TIOB was my first Joe Lansdale reading experience. In the beginning, Joe recommends reading one story a day or one per week which I think is a fantastic way to go about this. I read about one story a day and it helped to break up the stories and not feel they were overlapping. I enjoyed most of the stories, they were spooky. And while I understand that the style is purposely "stiff" I couldn't help but be a bit bored by it. Also, there was a lot of repeating of certain words and descriptions that get kind of annoying. I thought the stories picked up and got a lot more fun once Jana (Kaseys character) arrive. If you like detective type stories that deal with the SUPERNORMAL (and you dont mind being reminded what supernormal is every story,hehe) then I recommend this to you!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    Terror is Our Business collects the Dana Roberts stories, previously published elsewhere, into a single volume, along with a new story, “The Case of the Ragman’s Anguish,” that is exclusive to this story. The book is split pretty evenly, with the first half devoted to stories written solely by Joe R. Lansdale, with the back-half featuring stories co-written by Joe and his daughter, Kasey Lansdale. Inspired by works from Algernon Blackwood, William Hope Hodgson, and the mid-1970s TV series Kolchak Terror is Our Business collects the Dana Roberts stories, previously published elsewhere, into a single volume, along with a new story, “The Case of the Ragman’s Anguish,” that is exclusive to this story. The book is split pretty evenly, with the first half devoted to stories written solely by Joe R. Lansdale, with the back-half featuring stories co-written by Joe and his daughter, Kasey Lansdale. Inspired by works from Algernon Blackwood, William Hope Hodgson, and the mid-1970s TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Lansdale presents a female investigator who specializes in the supernormal. An atheist (yay! Let's hear it for atheist representation in horror!), Dana does not believe in the supernatural, and believes that there is a scientific explanation for all those things that go bump in the night that we merely do not yet understand. For the Joe Lansdale stories, the setup is simple - Dana is a guest at a men's club, invited to share a story as a paid speaker. Her stories are transcribed by one of the gentlemen, who includes an intro and outro that each of Dana's stories are couched between. I'm typically not a fan of such framed narratives, but it's a literary tradition Lansdale invokes here, along with a deliberate writing style, to pay homage to those earlier influences. While the stories are well-told, ultimately I found the narratives to be a bit stuffy and old fashioned for my tastes, in addition to formulaic. Each story follows a very episodic three-act format, with its introduction of the characters and the initial problem at hand, some examination of the supernormal conceit, typically a haunting of some sort, followed by a tidy resolution. None of the stories break this mold or shake up the story presentation, although the last three stories do carry a fresher sense of energy with the injection of Kasey Lansdale's sensibilities. Following Kasey's introduction to this collection, we are introduced to a woman named Jana, initially in a stand-alone story focused solely on her encounter with the paranormal, before joining Dana's investigations for the final two casebooks. Jana is a bit more my style - she's fun, witty, has a bit of mouth on her, says things without thinking, and is pretty much always in way over her head. Dana, on the other hand, is very reserved and proper, an upper-class sort of personality. Jana is her Watson to Dana's Holmes, and becomes our window into the world of the supernormal for the collection's back-half. Once Kasey and Jana hit the pages, the stories become livelier and Dana finally has a counterpoint, a polar opposite, to act against. The burgeoning friendship between these personalities present an entertaining foil. The last two stories present supernormal threats that are also unabashedly Lovecraftian, which hit a particular sweet spot for me. While Jana presents an airier narrative voice than the stuffier gentleman author transcribing a moneyed ghost hunter's adventures, the introduction of cosmic threats really tickled me, even if the stories still follow the by-now well-established Dana Roberts' Casebook story formula. All in all, Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors is a largely delightful introduction to this investigator, but it took a while for me to connect with the work as a whole. It's not really until the last couple stories that everything began to click for me, and it's clear that Kasey Lansdale's influence was key to the development of Dana Roberts and helped give the series a fresher perspective. I do hope to see more of Dana and Jana, as well as Joe and Kasey as collaborators, in the future though. [Note: I received an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, Cutting Block Books.]

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    TERROR IS OUR BUSINESS is written by father-daughter team of Joe Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale. They write together well, it felt seamless, and was so fun to read. In this case we get a collection of short stories about our heroine Dana (supernatural super sleuth) and in the final stories we get the PoV of Jana (who’s more sidekick than sleuth). The stories are connected through Dana’s (and eventually Jana’s) retelling of cases to a club that likes to invite speakers. At first members are skeptica TERROR IS OUR BUSINESS is written by father-daughter team of Joe Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale. They write together well, it felt seamless, and was so fun to read. In this case we get a collection of short stories about our heroine Dana (supernatural super sleuth) and in the final stories we get the PoV of Jana (who’s more sidekick than sleuth). The stories are connected through Dana’s (and eventually Jana’s) retelling of cases to a club that likes to invite speakers. At first members are skeptical, but Dana’s matter-of-fact storytelling compels the listeners to believe her. It starts with Dana telling the story of strange goings on in a lighthouse that makes the current owner believe it’s haunted. Dana is called in to solve the problem–and she does in her own methodical and clever way. Along for the ride are her assistants Nora and Gary, who must trust in Dana and her abilities–because, ultimately, all of these cases aren’t only dangerous, they can be deadly. Dana explains in her stories how she uses the faith-based items to keep beings from other dimensions from wreaking havoc here. Sure there’s holy water, but there’s also candles made from human fat, blessed powders, ritual verses, salt, graveyard dirt, protective circles, and various instruments of mojo that have power because of the people who believe in them–Dana may not be one of them, but that doesn’t stop her from recognizing their potency. Sure a large part of being successful is research and knowing what you’re fighting, but wits in the face of immanent death is also a large factor. You’ll get to see demons, revenants, inter-dimensional creatures, and others I don’t want to spoil for you. We get to see a lighthouse, a mansion in Italy, a junkyard in Texas, an underground village, and others. There’s a few minor plot points that I felt were a little contrived, but the storytelling was so fun and the characters so invested that it was hard to care when it’s sufficiently creepy and weird to keep one’s attention. The shorts are all just the right length for the story being told, each moves at a fast clip, never boring, but also never short on the details you need to make the mystery unravel to your satisfaction. Dana is the main PoV as the boss lady in charge of her business–which pays pretty well, by the way, and family money doesn’t hurt, either. Her interest started when she was a teenager, in a story you’ll get to read. She’s no nonsense, knowledgeable, fearless, and knows her own worth. Dana can be a little stiff at times, but in the final stories Jana is the perfect foil with her jokes and snarky commentary. Here’s hoping we get to see more of Dana and Jana team up in the future. Recommended Age: 13+ Language: I don't recall any Violence: Yes, there's blood and death Sex: Referenced ***Find this and other reviews at ElitistBookReviews.com***

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A slightly uneven but entertaining collection that is made better by the relationship between Dana and Jana. It’s been years since I’ve read anything by Joe R. Lansdale, and so when I was offered the chance to read his latest collection, co-authored with his daughter Kasey, I didn’t hesitate to say “yes.” Terror is Our Busines I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A slightly uneven but entertaining collection that is made better by the relationship between Dana and Jana. It’s been years since I’ve read anything by Joe R. Lansdale, and so when I was offered the chance to read his latest collection, co-authored with his daughter Kasey, I didn’t hesitate to say “yes.” Terror is Our Business is a collection of short stories featuring Lansdale’s character Dana Roberts, an investigator of “supernormal” activity. In short, Dana is a ghostbuster of sorts, going from one haunted place to another, trying to rid houses and other places of evil and ghostly forces. I’m not familiar with the original source material, but after doing a little investigating of my own, it looks like this is the first time these stories have been collected together. The first four stories are written by Joe R. Lansdale and are all told in a similar style and format. About halfway through the book, Kasey Lansdale enters the picture with a brief introduction, followed by three somewhat lengthy stories written by both father and daughter, which include a new character named Jana who becomes, almost by accident, Dana Roberts’ sidekick—or as Kasey describes her, a Watson-like character to Dana’s Sherlock Holmes. The book is neatly divided between these two story styles and there is a distinct change in tone once you get to Kasey’s stories. Papa Lansdale’s tales are formal, eerie and frightening, with a hint of Lovecraftian horror to them. The format in all four of his stories is much the same: An unidentified narrator describes how the infamous Dana Roberts has been invited to his men’s club to entertain the group. In this case, the entertainment is in the form of storytelling. Dana sits in her comfy chair at the center of the room, sips her drink and launches into the tale of her latest case. The room holds their collective breaths as she relates the terrifying events, and at the end of the evening, everyone in the room is clamoring for another story. Because the format of these stories is so similar, it does get a bit repetitive, as Dana has to remind her audience each time why she calls herself a supernormal investigator (as opposed to “supernatural”). But considering these tales were written at different times, and Lansdale does take the time in his introduction to advise the reader NOT to read them all at once, you really can’t fault them for this. I enjoyed Joe Lansdale’s stories, which make our heroine Dana Roberts out to be a cool-as-a-cucumber woman who is well versed in a variety of evil entities and how to eliminate them from our dimension. But as I mentioned, when Kasey joins forces with her father, the entire tone changes. The later stories are narrated by Jana, an unkempt, unorganized and slightly off-putting woman who just happened to have a weird experience of her own, and ended up becoming Dana’s assistant. Jana cracks jokes at inappropriate moments and talks too much, and she knows she is the polar opposite of Dana, who wears designer clothes and fights evil in stiletto heels. Meanwhile, Jana shows up to work in sweats and t-shirts, her hair a mess. She is also prone to making the reader uncomfortable (well, at least she made me uncomfortable!) by talking about such things as her constipation and describing her own breasts as “titties.” This crass behavior did not endear her to me, unfortunately, although I did find some of her antics laugh out loud funny. What worked really well for me was the relationship between the two women, who are clearly at opposite ends of the social spectrum. Dana is rich, Jana is not. Dana is beautiful and charismatic, while Jana can barely get herself dressed and out the door each morning. Together they somehow manage to fight the forces of evil while making the reader laugh. They don’t really like each other, but deep down I could tell they respected each other, despite their differences. Jana knows she isn’t anywhere near the put-together woman that Dana is, but she’s clever and smart and I got the feeling that Dana knows she needs Jana’s help. Oddly, I think my favorite story of the bunch was also the weirdest. “Blind Love” is Jana’s only solo tale, and it happens before she meets Dana. A friend of Jana’s talks her into going to an “Eye Gazing Party,” which is like speed dating except you gaze into the other person’s eyes for a couple of minutes, trying to make a connection. It was ridiculous and over-the-top, and I loved it. I love the idea of a father/daughter collaboration, and I think the Lansdales have something good going. Although this collection overall was a bit uneven for me, I’m happy to have glimpsed the weird and dangerous world of Dana Roberts. Big thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy.This review originally appeared on Books, Bones & Buffy

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janit Jones

    These are great stories! They are just the right amount of creepy and get closed off perfectly for me to be able to sleep at night. Jana's character is awesome and brings some nice humor.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)

    I have read a bit of Lansdale before, but this was a horse of a different color, as the saying goes. Terror Is Our Business is a collection of stories featuring supernatural (*ahem* excuse me, supernormal) investigator Dana Roberts and her assistant Jana as they battle weird and strange beings that creep, haunt, and disturb the natural world. She’ll tell you all about why she prefers the term “supernormal” in the book. Believe me, you can’t miss it. I was a little put off by the first few stories, I have read a bit of Lansdale before, but this was a horse of a different color, as the saying goes. Terror Is Our Business is a collection of stories featuring supernatural (*ahem* excuse me, supernormal) investigator Dana Roberts and her assistant Jana as they battle weird and strange beings that creep, haunt, and disturb the natural world. She’ll tell you all about why she prefers the term “supernormal” in the book. Believe me, you can’t miss it. I was a little put off by the first few stories, which are only told from Dana’s perspective, as she is a very dry and almost dull storyteller—just tells the facts as they are without offering anything that makes the story all that interesting. This felt to be a stylistic choice on the author’s part, but it just made the stories a bit forgettable and boring to me. But when Jana is introduced, things get spicier. Jana is everything Dana isn’t—outgoing, funny, inventive, messy, daring, wild, and very descriptive. She is also a much more relatable character for the reader. Once the stories are told from her perspective, we get to see what she thinks of uptight, egotistical Dana, and I have to say I always agreed with her assessment. As a force against evil, they make a good team and the stories were much more fun after that. I think I would have enjoyed this collection more overall, but it felt very formulaic to me, the basic plot of all the stories going something like: things go bump in the night, they research and investigate, set up some protections, and vanquish the evil. I would have liked to see a bit more variation, but perhaps if they continue writing these stories, there can be some continuity and depth that is brought into the overall plot. My favorite story was definitely the Jana standalone story “Blind Love.” It varied the most from all the other stories and I had no idea how it was going to turn out. It was kooky, a bit gory, and a unique and interesting tale told by a great female character. My thanks to Smith Publicity and Cutting Block Books for sending the Nightworms copies of this book to read and review!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    Terror is Our Business was a late Father's Day gift, which is sort of appropriate as it features a collaboration between a father and child-in this case author Joe Lansdale and his daughter Kasey. I'll be honest I did not like this book at first. One thing that I feel is Joe's big strength as a writer is his ear for dialogue, and Dana Roberts is a far cry from the type of character I am used to seeing from him, so that talent is not really on display as much as I'd like. Dana is a very sober, st Terror is Our Business was a late Father's Day gift, which is sort of appropriate as it features a collaboration between a father and child-in this case author Joe Lansdale and his daughter Kasey. I'll be honest I did not like this book at first. One thing that I feel is Joe's big strength as a writer is his ear for dialogue, and Dana Roberts is a far cry from the type of character I am used to seeing from him, so that talent is not really on display as much as I'd like. Dana is a very sober, stiff, and not particularly likable character-if you cut your teeth on Hap and Leonard you may find her a little off putting. Happily things start to flow better as the book progresses and it becomes a lot of fun to read. This is the first time I have read anything Kasey Lansdale has written but she is arguably a chip off the old block-she definitely brings something to the table.

  18. 5 out of 5

    BLONDE vs BOOKS

    For lovers of American Horror Story, Terror is Our Business is a collection of short stories written by a father-daughter duo: Joe and Kasey Lansdale. The stories follow the heroine of supernatural investigators, Dana Roberts. The setting is a club which members come monthly to chat and have snacks. Dana Roberts is invited to the club to speak, maybe tell one of her famous ghost stories. Her story is moving and believable; she is invited to come back. Each time Roberts returns to tell a story, re For lovers of American Horror Story, Terror is Our Business is a collection of short stories written by a father-daughter duo: Joe and Kasey Lansdale. The stories follow the heroine of supernatural investigators, Dana Roberts. The setting is a club which members come monthly to chat and have snacks. Dana Roberts is invited to the club to speak, maybe tell one of her famous ghost stories. Her story is moving and believable; she is invited to come back. Each time Roberts returns to tell a story, readers transport to her investigation and discover terrifying interdimensional beings and circumstances. In the fifth story, readers are introduced to a new character: Jana. With a spooky and inexpiable experience in her past, she shows up to one of Robert’s talks out of curiosity. Jana tells Dana Roberts about what happened, and it just so happens that Dana is in need for a new assistant for an upcoming job. The two women team up and develop a humorous dynamic and unstoppable expertise. I am typically not a fan of the horror genre, but these short stories were a fun, spooky incorporation to my nightly reading. A quick ghost story before bed can be quite thrilling. The editing needs some work, but I will let that slide because this was an advanced reading copy and not a final publication.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I received this book from the publicity company in exchange for a review, this in no way changes my views and all of the words below are my own. Dana Roberts has no time for nonsense, and ghost, demon or monster "catching" is a no nonsense business. The "supernormal" are real, and while not entirely understood, they can be control and sometimes destroyed. That's exactly what Dana does between writing books, having classy drinks, and looking like a supermodel. First and foremost I would not cons I received this book from the publicity company in exchange for a review, this in no way changes my views and all of the words below are my own. Dana Roberts has no time for nonsense, and ghost, demon or monster "catching" is a no nonsense business. The "supernormal" are real, and while not entirely understood, they can be control and sometimes destroyed. That's exactly what Dana does between writing books, having classy drinks, and looking like a supermodel. First and foremost I would not consider this horror! It's a good book, but if being creeped out or scared is what you are looking for this one is more of a beginner's horror or a YA book. Secondly I love that this book is by a father daughter duo. Co-written books can be scary for readers because the writing styles can be drastically different and ruin a book, but here they complimented each other and made it better. With that said, the first part of the book was written only by Joe R. Lansdale and I enjoyed it less than the second half where both he and Kasey were writing. Unfortunately that is the main reason for only 4 stars. The second half could have probably qualified for 5 stars in my books, but the rest was too slow paced and a bit dry for me. The first part was about Dana and other assistants, then the second half was about her assistant, Jana, mentioned in the books description. I enjoyed Jana's character morethan Dana but they came together to make a fantastic duo. I was anticipating this book being structured like a crime show, where it is the same characters crime (or in this case supernormal) fighting but different plot lines with each story. Again the second half met that expectation perfectly, but the first was Dana telling the stories in a different way (trying to avoid spoilers here). The actual supernormal brings were unique and written with descriptions that made picturing them super easy. Both authors did a great job of bringing up background of all the creatures, and how Dana and Jana came face to face with them. My only other issue is a superficial one; I don't like the cover. The person on the front (I presume it is Dana) looks like a different art style than the rest. I like the background, and the back cover, but her and the colouring of the pentagram seem too cartoony for the rest of the vibe. Overall I'd love to read more about these two characters working together.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Holly (The Grimdragon)

    (Thank you to Cutting Block Books & Smith Publicity for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!) Terror is our Business is a collection of stories featuring Dana Roberts, a superNORMAL (I'll get to that in a minute) investigator & her quirky assistant Jana. It's a little bit X-Files, a little bit Supernatural. Except with two females, which was rad! This did take me awhile to get into, as Dana seemed a bit stiff & pretentious. I get that she was a serious character, but I didn't (Thank you to Cutting Block Books & Smith Publicity for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!) Terror is our Business is a collection of stories featuring Dana Roberts, a superNORMAL (I'll get to that in a minute) investigator & her quirky assistant Jana. It's a little bit X-Files, a little bit Supernatural. Except with two females, which was rad! This did take me awhile to get into, as Dana seemed a bit stiff & pretentious. I get that she was a serious character, but I didn't find myself all that interested in her. She felt repetitive at times, especially when describing what she does. Honestly, that was my biggest complaint. There was far too much repetition. Dana continued again & again to explain about being supernormal. OKAY DANA, TELL ME AGAIN I DON'T THINK I UNDERSTOOD THE FIRST 97 TIMES! We get it. You don't believe in the supernatural. BUT WHY DO YOU HAVE TO EXPLAIN IT TO US IN DETAIL EVERY SINGLE FUCKING TIME?! It got old really fast. The book started to pick up around the middle, when Kasey's character Jana is introduced. She shook things up & added some much-needed humor! It was nice seeing things from her POV. Jana is much more style! Once she enters the picture, the cases start to become more fun & the book moves at a quicker pace. For sure, my favorite part of the book was the friendship between the two women. They certainly have a Sherlock/Watson vibe! During the Introduction, Joe suggests reading these stories one at a time. One a day, one a week, etc. Well.. I'm a gobbler, Joe! I ended up reading the stories consecutively. I'm not sure if it would have been a different reading experience for me or not, but overall this was a good collection. It was clear that Joe & his daughter Kasey had a lot of fun writing these stories & I look forward to reading more from the duo!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (That's What She Read)

    Terror is Our Business is a short story collection written by father-daughter team Joe R. Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale. The first couple stories are by Joe and center around the character Dana Roberts. These stories follow a setup where Dana the "supernormal" investigator is a guest at this (kinda) men's club and tells stories. The collection gets a lot livelier when Kasey begins contributing and introduces the witty Jana to balance out Dana's seriousness. The stories also drop the "guest at a me Terror is Our Business is a short story collection written by father-daughter team Joe R. Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale. The first couple stories are by Joe and center around the character Dana Roberts. These stories follow a setup where Dana the "supernormal" investigator is a guest at this (kinda) men's club and tells stories. The collection gets a lot livelier when Kasey begins contributing and introduces the witty Jana to balance out Dana's seriousness. The stories also drop the "guest at a meeting" format and go right into the narrative, which I preferred. The first part of this collection is very dry. Dana doesn't feel fully fleshed out as a character and those stories end with a few "mic drop" moments that ultimately don't feel earned. The addition of Jana works wonders to the pace and the character of Dana. Perfect for fans of the X-Files (Dana has a Scully thing going on) and the Ghosts in the Burbs podcast.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Raquel

    I received Terror Is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors from Smith Publicity earlier this summer in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect as I have never read Joe Lansdale's work before and also had no idea that he is a fairly well known and at- large writer in the horror genre, some say ideas are similar to Stephen King's. I'm so very glad I was given the chance to read this book because what I got from Joe Lansdale and his daughter Kasey was a wonder I received Terror Is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors from Smith Publicity earlier this summer in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect as I have never read Joe Lansdale's work before and also had no idea that he is a fairly well known and at- large writer in the horror genre, some say ideas are similar to Stephen King's. I'm so very glad I was given the chance to read this book because what I got from Joe Lansdale and his daughter Kasey was a wonderfully well written collection of short stories featuring Dana Roberts and her somewhat of a sidekick, Jana. Honestly, after the first short story I was definitely hooked! * Like I said, I wasn't sure what to think at first, especially with 'horror' in the title - it's not a genre I generally pursue. However, after reading the first short story, titled - The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler which is an introduction story to Dana Roberts character and just Joe Lansdale's story I was really pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed his writing and the story itself which didn't end up being very 'horror' driven, it was more paranormal and supernatural to me. I was eager to keep reading the rest! * So, Dana Roberts is a character created by Joe Lansdale, who is very much like Sherlock while Jana (Does she have a last name? I don't know) is a character created by Kasey Lansdale, who is very much like Watson. It even says in a little intro before one of the short stories that they used that famous pair as a basis for their characters. So in this collection of short stories there are tales of Dana Roberts, Supernormal Investigator, on her own as well as a short story of Jana being introduced to the supernatural (or 'supernormal') world which leads to her discovery of Dana Roberts. * I love the stories of both ladies on their own, especially Jana's standalone - it's real creepy - in a good way! However, having both ladies interact in stories where they are partners is super satisfying. The sarcastic humor and banter between them is so on point. I actually laughed out loud during one of their conversations and that's usually a GOOD sign that I am falling in love with the writing! * As I was reading these stories I got vibes from other authors I've read and TV shows I've watched. To sum that up I think these stories along with their concepts are a good mix between Canadian author Kelley Armstrong's novels and Netflix's Stranger Things. I had some goosebumps reading some of the stories because they had concepts that I'm really interested in. For example, in Stranger Things - the parallel universe called 'The Upside Down', yeah, there's something similar in one of these stories and the feeling while reading about it was so haunting! * Every short story was unique. Whether it was Dana's or Jana's story, I never felt bored or uninterested in what I was reading and was genuinely interested in the development and characters. I read somewhere that it was a good idea to take a few hours or a day in between each short to give it time to sink in but I was too invested in the writing to wait that long and usually read a couple of stories back to back. * Sometimes I have an issue with short stories too - mostly being just that - they're too short for my liking. However, I think Joe and Kasey did a wonderful job of writing an enticing and satisfying story with the limited amount of pages they used. So, coming from someone who doesn't prefer short story collections this rated really high for me! * YES! I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes supernatural or paranormal type of stories. Also, if you like short stories. This was also very action packed and witty. The writing is superb and will leave you wanting Joe and Kasey to collaborate again! I am so thankful that Smith Publicity sent this to me in exchange for a review because I definitely hope to be checking out more of the Lansdale's work in the future!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Downing

    Dana Roberts is a paranormal, or as she likes to call it supernormal, investigator. She is invited to be a guest speaker to a club, where she tells them about different investigations she has done. Some stories are not told in the club. The stories are both creepy and interesting, I didn't want to put it down once I started reading. Even though each story had it's own setting and feel to it, it turned into a cohesive book. I really liked how most of the stories had a title starting with "The Case Dana Roberts is a paranormal, or as she likes to call it supernormal, investigator. She is invited to be a guest speaker to a club, where she tells them about different investigations she has done. Some stories are not told in the club. The stories are both creepy and interesting, I didn't want to put it down once I started reading. Even though each story had it's own setting and feel to it, it turned into a cohesive book. I really liked how most of the stories had a title starting with "The Case of the" it really made it like you were reading about things that actually happened. The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler is the first short story, it is where we are introduced to the club and Dana. I really enjoyed how this wasn't your typical haunted lighthouse story, the descriptions put me right next to Dana as the investigation unfolded. The Case of the Stalking Shadow might keep you out of the woods for awhile or at least away from oddly shaped trees, literally gave me goosebumps while reading because I love walking in the woods... probably won't be doing that for awhile because this story really stuck with me. The Case of the Four Acre Haunt is definitely not a story to read while you're alone in your house at night you will jump at every noise you hear, I know I did. Humans can be the most evil things, even after their death. The Case of the Angry Traveler has to be my favorite story in the whole book. If you think alligators in the sewer is scary read this story and it will change your mind. I like the city under a city idea it gave a claustrophobic feeling to the setting and made me wonder what is really under the places we walk through everyday. Blind Love is an unexpected story in this book. Dana wasn't looking for an investigation in this, the supernormal found her. It was interesting how the paranormal aspect played out in this, and even though it involved speed dating I found myself enjoying it. The Case of the Bleeding Wall drew me in from the beginning. Investigating a haunted house is very exciting and humorous. The Case of the Ragman's Anguish, this novella was one of those edge of your seat stories. Overall this is a great collection of stories and novellas. They all have solid characters, interesting story lines, and the perfect amount of suspense.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I was reached out to by Lauren from Smith Publicity to read two novels from their authors. The first one I started, because it really piqued my interest, was Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors.  Written in the third person, this novel is very unique from others that I have read in the past. As an avid fan of paranormal events, and a huge fan of shows like Ghost Adventures, I knew that I had to read this. The novel is a collection of short stories, written by Joe Lansdale an I was reached out to by Lauren from Smith Publicity to read two novels from their authors. The first one I started, because it really piqued my interest, was Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors.  Written in the third person, this novel is very unique from others that I have read in the past. As an avid fan of paranormal events, and a huge fan of shows like Ghost Adventures, I knew that I had to read this. The novel is a collection of short stories, written by Joe Lansdale and his daughter, Kasey Lansdale. They follow the story of Dana Roberts and Jana, later in the book, as they tell stories about different paranormal events and encounters. Interestingly, some of the short stories did include paranormal features or ghost stories that I was familiar with. Like the H tree in "The Case of the Stalking Shadow" The reader is first introduced by Joe Lansdale, explaining how Dana came to be. He even states that these stories should be read over a course of weeks, rather than reading them all the way through, so that one can enjoy them better. After reading through these stories, I have to agree. Reading them, rather than binge reading them, gives you the time to process and really enjoy the tale before you dive into a new one. Dana recounts her tales throughout most of the short stories by going to an event and telling the audience in the novel what happened. She has a very defiant and matter-of-fact attitude of, "I don't care if you believe me, but this is what happened." Jana, on the other hand, the reader meets in the story titled "Blind Love" where she and her friend go to an even to find a soul mate. These two completely opposite characters tend to mesh well together inside of the novel. I have to admit, many of the stories were very unique and I was thrilled by reading them. They weren't just ghost stories, which I think would have eventually grown old. The Lansdale's clearly have a talent and knack for writing these types of stories. Kasey's voice was really a breath of fresh air in the way she writes her snarky comments that are sprinkled throughout her writing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Delgrosso Kennedy

    *I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review* First off I have to say that I absolutely love that this book was written by a father/daughter team! I have a really good relationship with my dad and the thought of getting to do something cool like this with him sounds amazing. Terror Is Our Business is a collection of short stories about Dana Roberts. Dana Roberts investigates things that are, as she puts it, supernormal. The first few stories are told by Joe R. Lansdale. While I *I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review* First off I have to say that I absolutely love that this book was written by a father/daughter team! I have a really good relationship with my dad and the thought of getting to do something cool like this with him sounds amazing. Terror Is Our Business is a collection of short stories about Dana Roberts. Dana Roberts investigates things that are, as she puts it, supernormal. The first few stories are told by Joe R. Lansdale. While I really enjoyed his stories themselves, his voice in telling them is very formal. Being that this book is the first one I’ve read by him, I couldn’t tell if this was done intentionally because of Dana Roberts’ personality, or if this is just his writing style. It gave me the same feeling as when I read Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. The difference between Joe’s stories and Agatha’s was that I actually enjoyed Joe’s. But their tone was similar. Dana goes to be the guest speaker of a club composed of several men and a few women. They all chip in and have guest speakers come and speak on occasion. She proceeds to tell them she doesn’t really care if they believe her but the stories are her personal experiences and they can take them or leave them. Each story is a different occasion that she went to be a guest speaker at this club. In the second half of the book, we are given stories written by Joe and Kasey together. In these stories we are graced with the edition of Dana’s new and awesome (in my opinion) sidekick and assistant, Jana. Jana bring much more (needed) casualness and spunk to the stories. While I enjoyed the stories without Jana themselves, I much preferred the stories with her. The tone is completely different with her there. They just seem more fun. Overall I really enjoyed this book. It gave me serious sitting by a campfire telling ghost stories meets ghostbusters kind of vibe. I’ve never read this kind of book before but it definitely made me intrigued and wanting to read more in the future.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    3.5/5** Full review here: https://www.allcharacterswanted.com/b... Thank you to Smith Publicity for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! As someone who doesn’t really read (or like) horror fiction, I was interested in this compilation of short stories because I love that it was written by a father-daughter team. After reading Dana and Jana’s stories, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. My favourite stories were “Blind Love” and “The Lighthouse Shambler” (there 3.5/5** Full review here: https://www.allcharacterswanted.com/b... Thank you to Smith Publicity for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! As someone who doesn’t really read (or like) horror fiction, I was interested in this compilation of short stories because I love that it was written by a father-daughter team. After reading Dana and Jana’s stories, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. My favourite stories were “Blind Love” and “The Lighthouse Shambler” (there are 7 short stories in total) because I liked seeing how Dana handled herself and the mysteries she was facing. The book begins with “The Lighthouse Shambler” and I thought it was great that we were introduced right away to Dana, the “debunking” detective. Right away, that made it more interesting to me; the fact that her job is to debunk the problem, not simply to investigate it, was appealing because it’s a reminder to me that all of these horror stories have a more clear resolution (I need to know that there’s an answer to these freaky situations!). Also, can we take a moment to appreciate that this story is set in a LIGHTHOUSE! That has to be one of the topic perfect picks for a horror story to take place because of how isolated lighthouses are. Being as it October and Halloween is fast approaching, this was a great read for the time of the year. I’m ashamed to say that I’m very late in reviewing this book (better not to discuss the shipping adventure this book went on to get to me), but the timing actually worked out great! There’s nothing like some creepy, scary stories to read during the Halloween season. This book came out in May, but if you haven’t read it yet, this could be a great time to pick it up. I’d recommend this collection of horror short stories to anyone interested in a taste of horror fiction, but is not ready to commit to a full novel of being scared. The stories have elements of the scary without being too much for me to handle. Happy October everyone!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alex findingmontauk1

    Terror Is Our Business is a neat book written by Joe and Kasey Lansdale, a great father-daughter team up! It is a collection of supernormal (their term for “supernatural” which is also explained!) sleuth mystery stories. Dana and Jana are the primary characters and they investigate and battle some cool and creepy stuff! First of all, I loved the way these short stories were presented. They read like you are actually watching or listening to someone tell a story up in front of an audience on stage Terror Is Our Business is a neat book written by Joe and Kasey Lansdale, a great father-daughter team up! It is a collection of supernormal (their term for “supernatural” which is also explained!) sleuth mystery stories. Dana and Jana are the primary characters and they investigate and battle some cool and creepy stuff! First of all, I loved the way these short stories were presented. They read like you are actually watching or listening to someone tell a story up in front of an audience on stage or something. I really liked that because it helped bring the stories to life more for me and really pull me in to them. There is a distinct difference to be noticed between the writing of Joe Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale. Both are GREAT writers. One thing I noticed more with Kasey was that she uses a lot more humor and quick wittiness than Joe does. I thoroughly enjoyed her addition of Jana to the stories! I think “Blind Love” was my favorite story in the whole collection, too! There was a lot of great build up in the stories but then the climax usually ended pretty quickly. That’s the main reason I am going to take a star away from my overall rating. I wanted to know more of how the spirits/jinns/demons/etc were vanquished and more details around those scenes. The stories are super easy to read and follow. They read quicker than you expect them too. I found myself wanting so much more! I really hope there are more Dana and Jana sleuthing stories in the future because I will definitely be buying and promoting them! Easily a 4 star read for me! And the cover art by Luke Spooner is FANTASTIC! I just need more of all of this in my life ASAP! Thank you to Lauren Roberts at Smith Publicity for sending the Night Worms an advanced copy of Terror is Our Business in exchange for honest reviews.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    First off I wanna say thank you to Smith Publicity for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!. So I don't typically read horror or even watch it because I'm a chicken! However when I was young I used to read those books that had a bunch of scary stories compiled into one book. So when I was asked to review this book I was all over it! Let me tell you I was not disappointed! After the first story I had to make a rule that I wouldn't read anymore alone at night! From the very beginnin First off I wanna say thank you to Smith Publicity for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!. So I don't typically read horror or even watch it because I'm a chicken! However when I was young I used to read those books that had a bunch of scary stories compiled into one book. So when I was asked to review this book I was all over it! Let me tell you I was not disappointed! After the first story I had to make a rule that I wouldn't read anymore alone at night! From the very beginning I was very interested. In the intro the author suggested the best way to read these stories was one a day. So that's what I did (or attempted to do some days didn't allow for reading at all and towards the end I couldn't stop) and It really is the best way I feel like each story stuck with me a little more when I had only one to process for that day. Being a sci-fi nerd my favorite story is of course "The Case of the Angry Traveler". I also really enjoyed Dana Roberts' POV although she did tent to let her mind wander slowing down the story but she was a fun character to get to know. Her personality is perfect for her job. The way these stories are combined is really good and helped each story to flow within the same book! Each story by itself is so unique I hadn't expected any of that! It reminds me of a book version of Supernatural which I have been watching a lot of lately! All around a vey good book its making me think I should pick up more horror books in my future!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alexa Dudley

    I thought the stories were each really unique and equally eerie. At some points, they felt a little tedious but as you kept reading I thought that they progressed nicely and became much more entertaining. I especially liked the second half of the book, when Dana's assistant Jana was introduced for the last few stories. At least for me, the book was kind of slow up until Jana's introduction. Since the first half was written as though Dana was retelling her experiences to an audience, they felt so I thought the stories were each really unique and equally eerie. At some points, they felt a little tedious but as you kept reading I thought that they progressed nicely and became much more entertaining. I especially liked the second half of the book, when Dana's assistant Jana was introduced for the last few stories. At least for me, the book was kind of slow up until Jana's introduction. Since the first half was written as though Dana was retelling her experiences to an audience, they felt sort of monotonous compared to the second half, which was much more entertaining. In the beginning, the stories were more straightforward and felt sort of flat compared to the second half. Jana added some fun and humor that I thought the book really needed. Although this book is marketed as a Horror novel, I wouldn't say that I was ever really scared. Although it did have a creepy sorta feel, I thought of it more as an action book than horror. Overall, I did start to enjoy the book more and more as it progressed and I sped through the last few chapters with Jana. I really enjoyed her character and would like to see more stories that feature both Dana and Jana. I particularly loved "Blind Love" and "The Case of the Ragman's Anguish"! Rating: 3 stars! Note: I received a copy of Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts Casebook of Horrors from Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    Thank you to Lauren from Smith Publicity for sending me an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest reviews. My review and opinions are all mine and completely honest. So, I went into this book not expecting much for a few reasons. I never read adult books unless I'm forced to in school, and I don't read horror or mystery novels ever. So right off the bat, I was very skeptical of how I would like this book simply due to it's genre. In addition, the cover of this book is not my most favorite. Bu Thank you to Lauren from Smith Publicity for sending me an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest reviews. My review and opinions are all mine and completely honest. So, I went into this book not expecting much for a few reasons. I never read adult books unless I'm forced to in school, and I don't read horror or mystery novels ever. So right off the bat, I was very skeptical of how I would like this book simply due to it's genre. In addition, the cover of this book is not my most favorite. But, despite my worries, I ended up really liking this book! Here, I will keep my review spoiler free, but I will get a bit spoilery on my blog post (readbyroe.com). So, here are my thoughts. Overall, I liked the stories and the characters. I was happy to see right from Joe R. Lansdale's intro that this book included some underlying feminist themes, as he discussed growing up almost never seeing female protagonists in this genre, but that it felt right to have a female lead for these stories. In addition, both Joe and Kasey Lansdale included some lines of dialogue that defended female and their knowledge and strength in anything they choose to pursue, and even a few lines about how wrong it is when female are judged on their looks opposed to their brains as a part of the story. Also, as someone who couldn't even be in the same room as a horror movie, and who can still only stand so much horror and jump scares (I actually loved seeing It in theaters surprisingly), I thought that this book was tame enough horror-wise and included some humor to make it not too scary, but still creepy. Now, hardcore horror and terror fans may not like that, but I think that this book is perfect for anyone who enjoys paranormal mystery stories, and like a little horror but not TOO much. But I think even true horror fans may still appreciate this book because of the story telling and creative writing. Also, I loved the characters. Jana was my favorite by far, and really made this book a five star novel for me. After getting the straight stories from a club setup from just Dana's perspective at the beginning, meeting Jana was a nice turn for the book as a whole. Jana brought in a more laid back and lighter sense to the story that I really enjoyed, and I liked reading Dana and Jana's adventures from Jana's point of view, who was new to the paranormal investigation scene. Plus, I liked the contrast between Dana's straight to the point bluntness and Jana's more laidback and talkative personalities. And lastly, I liked how this book was a collection of short stories. It was interesting to see the difference between the stories written by Joe alone, and with Joe and Kasey together, because each had a similar but unique feel to them. Plus, I think the short stories worked together, in that each was an addition to the next. I think my favorite story was the last, The Case of the Ragman's Anguish, followed by The Case of the Bleeding Wall. I thought that each story was unique from what I've personally read in my short life, and I liked how the whole book was a sort of realistic fiction, and makes me want to almost go and try to find some ghosts of my own (though I have never and still don't believe in ghosts and the paranormal myself. Go science!). I would have to say that the only things I didn't like about this book were more personal than overall huge problems with the book itself. I thought at time the sentences felt a bit choppy, similar to Ari and Dante (loved that book, just NOT the writing style). Also, there were some typos and grammar errors that I'm sure were fixed in copy edits before the book was published, as a read an early ARC copy of the book. But otherwise, I had no major problems with this book! So that is my full and honest review of Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read some paranormal mystery or horror that is on the lighter side, or anyone who wants to read some good short stories.

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