Stephen Fisher Review
A Review of Haunts

Haunts by George Jansen is a no holds barred blast from the past set in the mid 1970s. It begins with Half breed George Zumbo just arriving on foot in San Francisco, where he begins his search for his VW camper, White Dog and his wife that ran off with Charlie Weasel. Before beginning his search, he stops to get some beer and a meal from a mission and a shared makeshift temporary commune shelter. He eventually hooks up with the residents of Time and Space, a combination of flop house and rehearsal spaces for rent for punk rock bands that blare their music at all hours of the day and night. The resident owner and couples that also live in the modified spaces are Mac, his wife Robin, and her best friend Sheila, living a life of sex, drugs and rock and roll in the neighborhoods that are the Haunts.

Jansen does an amazing job of creating the infamous subcultures of San Francisco in the mid seventies. His writing style did not pull any punches. Jansen really described what the reader would see with adjectives flying as fast as the visuals that reflected the times and the city. The author's descriptions of the parties, rallies, and gay marches brought back memories of reliving them from old news reels. When all of the stories of the characters intertwined with each other, I was reeled into the sub plots and could not put the book down. Haunts was a refreshing blast from the past that brought back memories of the sex, drugs, and rock and roll revolution. I was entertained on all levels. I would love to see this book made into a movie, because I could visualize it as George Jansen described it. Well done!

Stephen Fisher, for Readers' Favorites


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