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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: 4.4 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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' scifibulletin.com 'Whether a reader has been waiting for Peter Octavian's return or just wants a good horror adventure, WAKING NIGHTMARES is a satisfying read' assignmentx.com --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 www.christophergolden.com

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CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. 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. Upcoming teen novels include a new series of hardcover YA fantasy novels co-authored with Tim Lebbon and entitled The Secret Journeys of Jack London.

A lifelong fan of the "team-up," Golden frequently collaborates with other writers on books, comics, and scripts. In addition to his recent work with Tim Lebbon, he co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola. With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of the book series OutCast and The Menagerie, as well as comic book miniseries such as Talent, currently in development as a feature film. With Amber Benson, Golden co-created the online animated series Ghosts of Albion and co-wrote the book series of the same name.
As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies The New Dead and British Invasion, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, the online animated series Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson) and a network television pilot.

The author is also known for his many media tie-in works, including novels, comics, and video games, in the worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Angel, and X-Men, among others.

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 www.christophergolden.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 31, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 Mace & Lacey Gannon 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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By james on March 18, 2014
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Awesome read! the constant twists and turns leave you on the edge of your seat! can't wait to read the next book!
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By cucadare on February 14, 2014
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I have yet to read a CG novel that I didn't like. He draws you in and keeps you reading from beginning to end. Love this author.
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