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Staff Reviews

There are horrors hiding in Banyan Court. This debut novel from the mind behind (my beloved) The Magnus Archives will thrill fans of the podcast and those new to Sims' work. Pair with The Last House on Needless Street for a twisting, fascinating weekend of reads.

— Nicole


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

'An astonishing debut from Jonathan Sims. A wonderful new twist on an age-old genre. 5 out of 5' SFX

A haunted house tour-de-force from the creator of THE MAGNUS ARCHIVES podcast.


A dinner party is held in the penthouse of a multimillion-pound development. All the guests are strangers - even to their host, the billionaire owner of the building.

None of them know why they were selected to receive his invitation. Whether privileged or deprived, they share only one thing in common - they've all experienced a shocking disturbance within the building's walls.

By the end of the night, their host is dead, and none of the guests will say what happened.

His death has remained one of the biggest unsolved mysteries - until now.

But are you ready for their stories?

'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

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

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.The Guardian

A modern horror classic from one of the most exciting writers in the field today.—Starburst Magazine

Thirteen Storeys is an excellent horror [...] everyone will find something creepy in Banyan Court.—Grimdark Magazine

Thrilling, chilling and thoroughly entertaining—Tattooed Book Geek

Sims really has created an innovative novel where everything falls into place within its thrilling climax.—Fantasy Hive

A beautifully written contemporary horror novel that I know for sure will leave its mark on me. I don't remember reading anything like this before and it was an absolute delight.—Damp Pebbles Blog

A book that takes old traditions and gives them a contemporary spin. Happy Halloween, all.—SFF World

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

This is an astonishing debut from Jonathan Sims. A wonderful new twist on an age-old genre. 5 out of 5.—SFX
Product Details
ISBN: 9781473228740
ISBN-10: 1473228743
Publisher: Gollancz
Publication Date: July 19th, 2022
Pages: 400
Language: English