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Nightworld Hardcover – July, 1992

4.6 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews
Book 6 of 6 in the Adversary Cycle Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Satan returns to devour the earth and its inhabitants in this strong sequel to Reborn and Reprisal. Rasalom (as the devil is known here) has shortened the daylight hours and let loose a plague of human-eating monsters that prey on New York's populace during the long nights. Whole communities turn on one another; riots break out over food; gangs wage war on the public; and Rasalom grows strong as he feeds on the chaos his creatures have caused. The only one who can stop this horror is Glaeken, an enfeebled old warrior who has battled the demon across time and space. Too weak to fight alone, Glaeken gathers supernatural forces to assist him, among them a boy with mysterious powers, a 150-year-.old witch and a vigilante named Repairman Jack. The death of one of the fighters reveals the overwhelming strength of the satanic forces, who have reserved a particularly gruesome fate for Glaeken. Wilson has written a terrifying horror that is also a solid old-fashioned morality tale.
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Reintroducing characters and situations from The Keep ( LJ 8/81) and his other novels, Wilson completes a trilogy about an age-old struggle for the world between two primeval forces. In Reborn (Dark Harvest, 1990) and Reprisal (Dark Harvest, 1991), the entity Rasalom, who had seemingly been defeated by the warrior Glaeken, returned to bring death and destruction to those surrounding him. Now, as he mutates into evil incarnate deep in the earth, the days grow shorter and horrible night creatures fly and crawl out of enormous holes to scavenge among humanity. Glaeken, now old, must send his friends on a quest to reclaim totems that will defeat Rasalom before his metamorphosis is complete. Part horror, part adventure, Nightworld is a thrilling and worthy successor to Wilson's earlier works. Although it can be read singly, constant references to earlier events almost demand a familiarity with at least the rest of the trilogy. Horror and fantasy fans will enjoy this one.
- Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Ct.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Dark Harvest Books; First Edition edition (July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913165719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913165713
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,827,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born toward the end of the Jurassic Period and raised in New Jersey where I misspent my youth playing with matches, poring over Uncle Scrooge and E.C. comics, reading Lovecraft, Matheson, Bradbury, and Heinlein, listening to Chuck Berry and Alan Freed, and watching Soupy Sales and horror movies. I sold my first story in the Cretaceous Period and have been writing ever since. (Even that dinosaur-killer asteroid couldn't stop me.)

I've written in just about every genre - science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, a children's Christmas book (with a monster, of course), medical thrillers, political thrillers, even a religious thriller (long before that DaVinci thing). So far I've got about 55 books and 100 or so short stories under my name in 24 languages.

I guess I'm best known for the Repairman Jack series which ran 23 novels. Jack is out to pasture now, but I may bring him back if the right story comes along.

THE KEEP, THE TOMB, HARBINGERS, BY THE SWORD, and NIGHTWORLD all appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers List. WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS won the first Prometheus Award in 1979; THE TOMB received the Porgie Award from The West Coast Review of Books. My novelette "Aftershock" received the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for short fiction. DYDEETOWN WORLD was on the young adult recommended reading lists of the American Library Association and the New York Public Library, among others (God knows why). I received the prestigious Inkpot Award from San Diego ComiCon and the Pioneer Award from the RT Booklovers Convention. I'm listed in the 50th anniversary edition of Who's Who in America. (That plus $3 will buy you a coffee at Starbuck's.)

My novel THE KEEP was made into a visually striking but otherwise incomprehensible movie (screenplay and direction by Michael Mann) from Paramount in 1983. My original teleplay "Glim-Glim" first aired on Monsters. An adaptation of my short story "Menage a Trois" was part of the pilot for The Hunger series that debuted on Showtime in July 1997.

And then there's the epic saga of the Repairman Jack film. After 20 years in development hell with half a dozen writers and at least a dozen scripts, Beacon Films has decided that "Repairman Jack" might be better suited for TV than theatrical films. (We'll see how that works out.)

I've done a few collaborations too: with Steve Spruill on NIGHTKILL, A NECESSARY END with Sarah Pinborough, THE PROTEUS CURE with Tracy Carbone, and the Nocturnia series with Thomas Moneleone. Back in the 1990s, Matthew J. Costello and I did world design, characters, and story arcs for Sci-Fi Channel's FTL NewsFeed, a daily newscast set 150 years in the future. An FTL NewsFeed was the first program broadcast by the new channel when it launched in September 1992. We took over scripting the Newsfeeds (the equivalent of a 4-1/2 hour movie per year) in 1994 and continued until its cancellation in December 1996.

We did script and design for MATHQUEST WITH ALADDIN (Disney Interactive - 1997) with voices by Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters, and the same for The Interactive DARK HALF for Orion Pictures, based on the Stephen King novel, but this project was orphaned when MGM bought Orion. (It's officially vaporware now.) We did two novels together (MIRAGE and DNA WARS) and even wrote a stageplay, "Syzygy," which opened in St. Augustine, Florida, in March, 2000.

I'm tired of talking about myself, so I'll close by saying that I live and work at the Jersey Shore where I'm usually pounding away on a new novel and haunting eBay for strange clocks and Daddy Warbucks memorabilia. (No, we don't have a cat.)

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Nightworld is a seriously scary book. Not personally scary but scary for the world as we know it. Nightworld completes the Nightworld series, which consists of six books, starting with The Keep. I've read all books and until the publication of Nightworld, it was called The Adversary Series, taken from the fact that the underlying element of this series is the ongoing confrontation through eternity and through the universe of two powerful forces.
These forces are not defined by good and evil for they are not. But one force, which is called the Other in the books, is brutal and caring nothing for humanity, tends to use evil means to achieve it's goal, while his adversary though not necessarily Good utilizes humanity to thwart His Adversary, The Other.
The Anti-Other, throughout history, has utilized a human champion to battle the Other. This champion is empowered with Godlike powers and made immortal for this purpose.
In the initial book, The Keep, which I've mentioned, the earthly agent of The Other, Rasalom, was weakened and imprisoned in a specially constructed prison by a champion of a long gone age, maybe a champion named Glaeken, whose subsequent job in The Keep was to keep tabs on The Other and make sure it didn't escape.
The Keep is a marvelous story wherein, Rasalom, because of some Nazi soldiers, almost escapes his incarceration. I won't go into the story but at the end, Rasalom is vanquished and ostensibly terminated but this is not to be and through the course of two more books, Reborn and Reprisal, Rasalom is rejuvenated, recuperated re-empowered and is set to take revenge upon troublesome humanity. The stage is set for Nightworld.
"If thou gaze into the abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee"
What in the world is going on!
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And so we come (again) to the end, as both the Adversary Cycle and the Repairman Jack sagas reach their conclusions in a single book. I read Nightworld years back in its original version, and for all intents and purposes, the plot is identical: Rasalom, now facing no real opposition, begins the process that will bring about the end of the world. Just like in its original form, Nightworld is a dynamite apocalyptic book, filled with some incredible Lovecraftian nightmares, unforgettable setpieces, and brilliant pacing that keeps the book moving like a rocket while never letting you forget the scope of what's going on. (I forgot how much I loved the use of media as a sort of Greek chorus to the novel, both commenting on the action and giving a sense of just how massive the events have gotten.) And none of that has changed in this version. What has changed, then, is Repairman Jack, who has essentially gone from another supporting character of the book to one of the two main heroes. Wilson has added a huge amount of new material to the book to accommodate Jack's story, and the additions are pretty fantastic, serving as a combination curtain call for the Jack series as well as hammering home the emotional stakes for the series. More than that, though, the edits are pretty seamless. There's no sense that we're reading a George Lucas-style special edition of the book filled with nods and unneeded changes; rather, this new version of Nightworld manages the difficult task of wrapping up two different book series at the same time and does it well. You can't just jump into Nightworld without having read all the Jack books and all the Adversary Cycle books, but that's okay; that just means that you have a LOT of great reading ahead of you before you get to an absolutely incredible piece of apocalyptic horror-adventure writing. The only down side? Knowing that both of these underrated and masterful series have finally come to an end.
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Dunno about you, but I'm already going thru Repairman Jack withdrawals. F. Paul Wilson has sworn on a holy stack of things holy and stackable that Repairman Jack's continuity won't extend past NIGHTWORLD, that he won't write any more books featuring Jack beyond NIGHTWORLD. As a balm to you and me and so that we don't throw rocks at his house, Wilson did cave and agree to write three more Repairman jack thrillers, these bridging the gap between his arrival in New York and the events in THE TOMB. That's something, anyway.

NIGHTWORLD is F. Paul Wilson's masterpiece. It is the big honking payoff, the epic culmination of the cosmic shadow war chronicled in the Repairman Jack series and the Adversary Cycle. With NIGHTWORLD originally published back in 1992, this spanking new edition has been heavily revised, with Wilson contemporizing the narrative and showcasing Jack in a more prominent role. More of the Repairman Jack mythology has been peppered in. But "a more prominent role" doesn't mean that Jack is center stage the entire time. In this sprawling frightener of a book, he's only one hero thrown in with other heroic figures. Occasionally, those other characters commandeer the spotlight, perform them bits of derring-do.

Those who've read the original NIGHTWORLD and are perhaps concerned that Wilson may have gone crazy bananas with the tweaking, rest easy. The core narrative remains intact. NIGHTWORLD opens with the demonic Rasalom setting his end game into motion. "It begins in the heavens," someone had doomed and gloomed. And, today, an inexplicable phenomenon has surfaced, rendering the astrophysics community baffled to bits. The sun is rising later and later while, conversely, setting earlier and earlier. So, work the math.
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