Sunday, May 25, 2014
Night Terrors - A Shadow Watch Novel - by Tim Waggoner
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.