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San Francisco in 1976. A rehearsal space on Skid Row. Punk Rock.
Cheap red wine. Prophetic ghosts. Love and betrayal.

ISBN: 978-1-945232-32-9
Edition: 1st
Date Published: September 17, 2018

Author: George Jansen

Haunts presents an amazing ride through the stinking alleys of San Francisco, into a rehearsal studio of jealousy, violence and ghostly apparitions, existing inside a city as wondrous as it is repellent. George Zumpo, a down on his luck "half-breed" arrives in the City seeking his wife, his dog and his Volkswagen Westfalia Camper. There he meets homeless drunks, crazy coke-snorting musicians, and a loose family of friends living in a 1970's South of Market warehouse. A novel as funny as it is dark, as tragic as it is hopeful, Haunts is a captivating portrait of people down on their luck.

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About The Author

George Jansen
  • The Jesse James Scrapbook 2003,2017
  • The Fade-Away 2007,2017
  • Haunts 2018
  • George Jansen has published short stories and poems, and collaborated on half a dozen technical books concerning computer languages, operating systems, and email. His first novel, "The Jesse James Scrapbook" was published by Hilliard & Harris in 2003. His second, The Fade-away, was published by Pocol Press in 2007. Both have been republished by Fool Church Media in 2017. His third novel, "Haunts," was published by Fool Church Media in 2018. He currently resides in Pleasanton, California with a ridiculously fat cat. He is also an Honorary Mouseketeer.

    Reviews And Comments

    "Down-and-out street person George Zumpo personifies San Francisco's Tenderloin district, a neighborhood most natives and tourists do their best to avoid. With deep compassion for his unforgettable characters, George Jansen breathes life into Zumpo and an offbeat cast each of whom carries a personal load of faded ambitions and diminishing hope. In Haunts, readers are treated to a captivating story in which they will discover a common humanity with Zumpo and his ongoing struggle to make sense of his life."

    Alfred J. Garrotto, author of There's More: A Novella of Life and Afterlife

    "Haunts takes you on an unforgettable journey into the seedy underbelly of San Francisco, a world populated by winos, drug addicts, and prophetic ghosts that pop up with the regularity of the morning mail. As compelling as it is stark, as absorbing as it is repellent, it is one of those rare books that forfeits the safety of convention to tell its story in blood. In places, it reminds me of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises; in other places it is reminiscent of Fellini's Satyricon. I would recommend this book to adventuresome readers and not the faint of heart."

    James Hanna, author of Call Me Pomeroy, The Siege, A Second Less Capable Head.

    Jansen pulls you into the lives of his on-the-edge-of-sanity characters who populate 1970s San Francisco's SOMA —South of Market. The City was filled with people compelled to leave their origins in search of something different —but what? Find out when Haunts spins everyone on the wheel of Fortune."

    Elana O'Loskey, Staff Writer/Columnist, The Orinda News

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