WTF Friday: Bank Owned by J. Joseph Wright

Every once in a while, as the mood strikes me, I like to indulge in those titles that are a bit odd . . . a bit different . . . a bit bizarre . . . and a bit freaky. These are books that don't get a lot of press, and which rarely get any retail shelf space.

They're often an underground of sort of literature, best shared through guilty whispers, and often with embarrassed grins. These are our WTF Friday reads!

Although it feels a little rushed, with a few awkward transitions that made me wonder if something were missing in the text, Bank Owned is still a powerfully compact horror story. J. Joseph Wright puts a contemporary spin on the classic haunted house tale, contrasting the mundane horrors of infertility and infidelity with the more monstrous horrors of torture and temptation.

Right from the start, when a slimy realtor pressures Brian and Angela into a massive down payment on the Castle at at the end of Pebble Creek Road, we know something is off. Wright doesn't waste any time ratcheting up the supernatural tension, as Angela finds herself hearing the sounds of a baby somewhere in the house, while Brian keeps hearing the sounds of her having sadomasochistic sex with another man. Their individual obsessions eventually lead them to the discovery of a hidden room beneath the basement, but I won't spoil the contradictory secrets there.

It's a suitably uncomfortable, claustrophobic sort of tale, and Wright does a good job of chasing the thrills. Part of me wishes he'd spent a bit more time exploring the bank's role in everything, but sometimes less is more, and sometimes an author can ruin the suspense by revealing too much. Fortunately, if you're in the market for a Bank Owned castle, it should be coming on the market again real soon.

Kindle Edition, 69 pages
Published January 4th 2013 by JKWright Publications


  1. Sounds like an interesting read. I can already imagine how interesting the sounds must be making the main characters' relationship. :-D

  2. Be a quick read, but depending on how contradictory the secrets and twisted the sex, might not be my thing.

    1. There's nothing erotic here, Alex, just fears manifesting themselves and the suggestion of horrors on the other side of the door.


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