Series: Shadow Watch #1
Author: Tim Waggoner
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 432
Published: Angry Robot, May 27, 2014
It’s Men In Black meets The Sandman.
Meet the fine men and women of the NightWatch: a supernatural agency dedicated to hunting down rogue nightmares that escape from other realms when people dream about them, while ensuring that other dream-folk are allowed to live among the regular, human population… as long as they play by the rules.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a fan of the strange and unusual. When it comes to plots of the books I plan to read, I try to go for-if they’re not my usual paranormal, contemporary or historical romance- the unusual. And a psychopathic clown working with a heroine to bring down the bad guys was just the kind of unusual I was looking for. When I came across this book, not only did its cover grabbed my attention, but the general plot of people’s worst nightmares coming to life was too interesting to pass up. Thumbs up for me.
Everyone must’ve had nightmares in their lives. I know I have. Once, I was being chased down in my neighborhood by a psychotic killer and was yelling at my sister to call for help. I woke up before I could see whether help had arrived or not, but it was a pretty tiring foot chase. I hope I made it. My worst two nightmares, however, were a bit more eerie than being-chased-by-killer theme. One of them included an ocean in the middle of the coldest night possible, with the biggest and baddest of all whales that I was trying to bring down for some reason. I actually felt the chill in the air, and the ocean had always scared me anyway. My second bad nightmare included a crime scene, where I was investigating the disappearance of two little twin girls, and all I remember of the dream was their room, and the creepiest music ever playing in the background while I was looking at pictures of the girls. I woke up feeling really, really disturbed by that music, and as much as I wanted to forget, I still haven’t shaken that feeling off.
Now, I don’t know how they would’ve become real if I was a character in this book, although perhaps I could’ve had a humanoid version of that huge whale which would’ve been shuddering, but no need for my nightmare creatures, since there’s plenty enough to give anyone chills if you know just how to picture the guys in here. A maniacal killer clown is one of them. Never been a fan of clowns. Ever. Nothing good can come from something that smiles so wide 24/7. Nope. And it gives me extra chills to imagine a clown having a hyena like laughter. Chills. However, while reading this book, I realized an exception can be made for just about anything. Even a clown that kills for shits and giggles. Giggles that probably sound like something out of, well, a nightmare.
I was hooked. I was interested, excited, and most definitely hooked. Even though I don’t like to read with too much noise around me, I couldn’t put the book down and took every opportunity to read another page to see what Audra, the heroine and the creator of a nightmare, and Jinx, the killer clown, would do next. They were great characters that were fun to read, and their actions, especially in Jinx’s case, were unpredictable, which made my reading experience even more enjoyable.
I liked the world building, the idea of some people’s nightmares coming to, and having, a life of their own. There was a satisfying degree of action, and a variety of nightmare-turned-real creatures to feed my imagination. I hope there will be more of this series. I would love to see how life will fare for these characters, and how much more trouble can they get into, and yes, okay, I want to read about the clown. Happy? There. I’ve said it. Next, I’ll try to be friends with elevators. Did you know they made horror movies featuring killer elevators? Now, that, I call a true nightmare. Imagine an evil elevator swallowing people up and sending them straight to hell. Chills!
I’m adding five full, nightmarish spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.
Shadow Watch series by Tim Waggoner:
- Night Terrors
- Dream Stalkers