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Book 5 of 5 in the Shadow Saga Series

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'The pacing is always pedal-to-the-floor, the main characters are larger than life and the demons and other assorted monstrosities give Lovecraft's Cthulu mythos a run for their money' Barnes & Noble Online 'Something wicked this way comes in Christopher Golden's WAKING NIGHTMARES. An intriguing thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, it highlights the nightmare that has been unleashed in Hawthorne and which the police are ill-equipped to handle. In a race against time, Keomany and Peter, along with several other secondary characters, must discover the source before Hawthorne is consumed and the terror spreads beyond the town limits to the rest of the world. Readers get glimpses into several lives as they are affected by the circumstances and must piece together the puzzle along with Peter and Keomany to determine the nature of the threat. A thrilling page-turner, WAKING NIGHTMARES is a great addition to the spring/summer reading collection' Romance Reviews Today ' A thrilling horror tale' 'Whether a reader has been waiting for Peter Octavian's return or just wants a good horror adventure, WAKING NIGHTMARES is a satisfying read' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Christopher Golden is the author of more than twenty novels, including the critically-acclaimed Strangewood, and six nonfiction projects. He has worked in the comic book field for both Marvel and Dark Horse, and his short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He received the Bram Stoker Award for his nonfiction work, Cut: Horror Writers on Horror Film. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Visit his website at

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Product Details

  • Series: Peter Octavian (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reissue edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441020178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020171
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the New York Times bestselling author of such novels as Snowblind, Tin Men, The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, and Of Saints and Shadows. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Readers.

Golden co-wrote the illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which became the launching pad for the cult favorite comics series Baltimore. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies Seize the Night, The New Dead, and The Monster's Corner, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, a BBC radio play, the online animated series Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson), and a network television pilot.

Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 31, 2011
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For centuries Peter Octavian was a vampire. After a millennium in Hell, he emerged as one of the most powerful mages on an earth where humans know vampires, demons and other species exist. Residing in San Francisco, Peter prefers a quiet life, but also believes it is his role to prevent the paranormal species from harming humans.

In Hawthorne, Massachusetts a fisherman and his son find a box and open it. Soon afterward Earthwitch Keomany Shaw calls Peter to tell him she is drawn to Hawthorne because something dangerously evil is there; that malevolence will spread from ground zero unless they can prevent it from happening. Before the pair arrives, all perishable dairy produce curdle and spoil while a magical torrent inundates the area. When Peter and Keomany arrive, they find the magic getting stronger by the minute. People engulfed by magical energy turn to wraiths intent on hurting their family and neighbors. The two outsiders team up with Amber who has visions of what could occur if the evil is not stopped. With assistance from recently turned vampire Charlotte, they seek the source of the wicked magic, knowing that all they need is a miracle to stop whatever entity is behind this debacle.

The latest episode in the Peter Octavian urban fantasy saga (see Of Saints and Shadows) crackles with energy as the action never allows the heroes a respite; each understand time has run out. The protagonists taking a stand by fighting the entrenching darkness feel natural even with supernatural prowess. Fans of the series will feel the author is Golden with this super novel and its incredible cliffhanger.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 11, 2012
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I have been a HUGE fan of this series for years. So when I found out there was finally a new book in the series - of course I snatched it up and read it immediately.

Unfortunately, this long-awaited and much needed new book in this once great series fell kinda flat for me. The storyline itself just wasn't big enough. Especially with what has transpired in the other previous books. This seemed like a short story, not the epic-sized adventures in the previous books.

I'm sorry Mr. Golden, as much as I hate to write this, being a big fan of this series and also of the uber-fantastic Menagerie series, this one fell way short. Probably the reason why this new book has gotten so few reviews. I hope this doesn't mean there won't be another one, because I think ALL writers, and every book series, has its dud. This is your dud. Giving this 3 stars is really, really being kind. Only because I love this concept and the main character, along with some of the side characters.

Not break out of this and create a spectacular Peter Octavian meets the Menagerie novel.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on August 18, 2011
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Waking Nightmares is a nightmare of book that doesn't seem to end no matter how many pages it feels like you've forced yourself to read. Golden is pure evil as an author this time out; the first 150 pages are terrific, but like a roach motel, by the time you realize you've been lured into a situation that isn't as good as it seemed, you're stuck. The rest of the book is absolutely horrible. Nothing much ever happens. There are lots of scenes of chaos and fighting, but the main characters barely do anything except walk in at the end of each situation and temporarily quell a problem. There are countless passages and phrases in the text that tell us that the characters are sexually charged up...cast eyes at each other with lust...feel the heat from another character...

Was Golden was dared by another author to see how many times he could repeat the same drudgery without his editor noticing? The last 150 pages of this book are so monotonous that I found myself wondering if I was trapped in an alternate dimension where books kept repeating the same prose that had been on the previous page.

I read and loved every other book in the shadow saga by Golden, and many of his other books as well. I was thrilled when I discovered that this had been published. Golden has built a huge cache of goodwill up over the years, so I'll give his Octavian sagas one more chance.

This book was a huge misstep for Golden.
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Not the best offering from Mr. Golden. I really enjoyed a lot of his other books, however this one just felt like work to finish. I do however have nothing but love for Mr. Golden and his great books.
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