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Night Terrors (Shadow Watch) Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 2014
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"One of the most invigorating reading experiences I've had in a while ... an up-and-comer who's worthy of the hype - Tim Waggoner is well on his way to being proclaimed horror fiction's leading surrealist." - Jack Loyd, Cemetery Dance magazine. "It's hard to say if this singular novel, which boasts a wicked sense of humor to round off the horror, should be eligible for an Edgar Award or a Bram Stoker or both." - Elliot Swanson, Booklist, on Nekropolis. "Waggoner is in possession of a talent that should be taken seriously, and I can't wait for his next book." - Johnny Butane, The Horror Channel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tim Waggoner is a novelist and college professor. His original novels include the Nekropolis series, Cross County, Darkness Wakes, Pandora Drive, and Like Death.
His tie-in novels include The Lady Ruin series and the Blade of the Flame trilogy, both for Wizards of the Coast. He has also written fiction based on Stargate: SG-1, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Xena the Warrior Princess, the video game Defender, and others. He has published over one hundred short stories, some of which are collected in Broken Shadows and All Too Surreal. His Articles on writing have appeared in Writer's Digest, Writer's Journal and other publications.
He teaches composition and creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, and is a faculty mentor in Seton Hall University's Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
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Absolutely loved the world, with dreams and nightmares made real, a Shadow-y (Shadow Watch) enforcement bureau made of creators (Ideators) and their nightmare creations (Incubi). Visiting Nod was one of my favorite things in this book. When you are dealing with the creatures of dreams and nightmares, there is really no limit.
Audra is paired with Jinx, a homicidal clown. She kind of loves her job, but isn't 100% happy with working and living with her greatest nightmare. I can relate. I have a deep fear of clowns (thank you Tim Curry and your phenomenal Pennywise performance) and I don't know that I'd want to deal with Jinx 24/7 either.
At the same time, if you are going up against nightmare creations, having a killer clown on your side might not be a bad thing.
Jinx is a force to be reckoned with and I really liked seeing both sides of his personality, his day and his night aspects.
Audra and Jinx uncover a plot that threatens the dream world and the real world, find new friends, old enemies, and in general bring forth mayhem at every turn.
I could relate to Audra. She has issues to work through with her job and with her past. Things are not all resolved, of course, so I'm looking forward to what happens in future books.
This is very much a set the stage book. It did feel in parts that we zipped through areas where we could have spent more time developing characters, relationships and setting, but it wasn't enough to put me off. I still got a really good taste of the world and its denizens.
One thing this book is not is a romancing the clown book. Audra created Jinx, so while they don't really have a mother-child bond, it is close enough that any romance thoughts would be icky. There is a potential love interest but there really isn't time for that in this very quick-moving tale.
I found myself rooting for a freaking clown. And I want to go back.
[received a review copy]
Remember the old Dark Rides they used to have at Amusement Parks and traveling carnivals, with names like Spook-A-Rama, Whacky Shack, and Laff in the Dark? Where you would sit in a car that would roll along a track in the dark and there would be scenes that would pop up and try to scare you? Well, Night Terrors is a bit like that and just as much fun.
If you suffer from coulraphobia you may want to avoid reading this one. Don't know what coulraphobia is? Go ahead and look it up, I'll wait.
Tim Waggoner has gone off the deep end. Here's a story which starts out with a clown named Jinx on the trail of a rogue incubus going by the name Quietus; from there things get a little strange. OK, actually, they get quite a bit more than a little strange.
In Night Terrors, Waggoner has created an amazing new universe and he treats it as if it's a playground he's been going to all his life. He makes it easy to believe what he's made up is totally real. Why wouldn't the monster that haunts your nightmares become real and why wouldn't the two of you join forces for good or evil? Why can't there be a secret organization based in a parallel universe? Well, there are a lot of reasons why not, but it's much more fun to just go along for the ride.
Night Terrors is, by far, the most irrevernt book I've read this year. The more I read, the crazier the story became and the more I looked forward to whatever bizarre twist Tim Waggoner had for me next.
As you may surmise from the full title, Night Terrors - A Shadow Watch Novel, the book is the first in a new series, but there are no loose ends to leave you hanging, this one is fully self contained.
From Angry Robot books, Night Terrors will be available in a variety of formats on June 5th. If you're looking for some off the wall fun, I can strongly recommend this one
Normally, I don’t review a lot of prose books in here, but this is a deserved exception. This is a basically an action/horror comic book without pictures.
Tim Waggoner has written a lot of Tie-Ins, including SUPERNATURAL, DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS, STARGATE SG-1, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, DEFENDER, and more. He is a prolific prose writer, with no credits (that I could find) in and medium of sequential artwork
It’s a bit of a shame; he has a great talent for writing fast-moving stories and an eye for visual description and detail that would translate well to comics.
The premise of NIGHT TERRORS is interesting enough. The creatures from some people’s nightmares become real. This is due to the collective energy of the collective unconsciousness of mankind. Some of those people develop working relationships with their nightmares, and some of them – a very small number – become agents of the Shadow Watch, an organization dedicated to preserving both the Nod (the dream world) and our world.
This is an introduction, not only to the world of the Shadow Watch, but also into the lives of two highly mismatched agents the (formerly?) coulrophobic Audra Hawthorne and her partner, Jinx the Psychotic Clown. They have reached a point where they can function together and even work (relatively) well together as a team.
Waggoner includes a lot of fascinating details and supporting characters in the story, and manages to flesh out a fascinating concept in a believable and entertaining way. For example, Ideators (the humans) and their Incubi (nightmares) don’t always stay together. Not all incubi are human. Incubi often take on subdues forms during the daytime. A hellhound becomes a Chihuahua; a demon car becomes a beat-up taxi.
Some groups of incubi have their own agendas, and not all of them are friendly to humanity. One of them (a very powerful faction) was called the Lords of Misrule) was called. They fought and lost a battle long-ago against the ruling faction, the Nightclad Council. The Council wanted to find a way for the two worlds to co-exist, and this is where the Shadow Watch comes in.
Audra Hawthorne was tormented nightly as a child by her dream clown, Jinx. When Jinx manifested as reality, it almost drove her mad. Now, she has managed to form a working relationship with the somewhat unpredictable psychotic.
Waggoner manages to imbue both characters with human characteristics, and they are both developing, fully realized beings. It would be very easy to make Jinx a two dimensional caricature of everyone’s evil clown fantasies – a cutout, low-rent Pennywise, but this author chose the harder path, and it has paid off handsomely. He has done so much more than making a two-dimensional, flat character. He has a created in Jinx a creature who is terrifying, but accepts himself as terrifying without considering it as evil. He has his own functioning moral code – not a ‘Code of Harry’ ala DEXTER, but a genuine morality based on his own existence and the apparent belief that he has a unique purpose. He considers his terrifying appearance and behavior to be an inherent part of him - much the same way a shark’s voracious appetite is a part of his character. He does not consider himself evil – he accepts himself. He still cares about his partner and his mission, but knows that he must remain true to himself if he is to be of any value to those he cares about and those values he believes in. He cannot and will not change.
In a strange way, Jinx, the psychotic evil nightmare clown with a lapel flower that shoots acid (sometimes pepper juice) and a sledgehammer named Cuthbert in his jacket is the most moral character in the book.
Audra, on the other hand, provides our ‘window’ into the worlds that she in Jinx are operating in. It is through her that we learn about their abilities and limitations. This is a fascinating universe, and she is not only one of its defenders, she is also our tour guide, so to speak.
Fans of the JOKER and HARLEY QUINN may or may not like this; the character Jinx is wildly psychotic, and there is a clear and enjoyable undercurrent of dark humor, but there is also something of a supernatural element to this that differentiates it from those DC titles.
Waggoner has done an amazing job creating a plausible yet fantastic world. Fans of RIPD, HELLBOY, CONSTANTINE, and other horror/action hybrid comics will definitely like this.
The first Shadow Watch Novel, NIGHT TERRORS is available now. The next one, DREAM STALKERS will be available in early April.