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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (27 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857663690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857663696
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 993,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Waggoner's novels include the Nekropolis series of urban fantasies and the Ghost Trackers series written in collaboration with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the Ghost Hunters television show. In total, he's published over twenty novels and two short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer's Digest and Writers' Journal, among others. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. Visit him on the web at

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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

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's also written fiction based on Stargate: SG-1, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the videogame Defender, Xena the Warrior Princess, and others. He's 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, Writers' Journal and other publications. He teaches composition and creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and is a faculty mentor in Seton Hill University's Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

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By Stuart C on 8 Oct. 2014
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Cant wait for the next one!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 8 Jun. 2014
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I have read some of the author's others books and really
enjoyed them. His new shadow series gets off to a great start with night terrors and I can't wait to continue the series in the next book. With jinx and his partner two new interesting characters are created in this crazy new world. would recommend.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By julie holmes on 30 July 2014
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Tried this book because the review sounded interesting about knightmares certain people have becoming real and how dealt with this mainly seemed to be about a girl and her knightmare clown dealing with out of control knighmares extra.

It had patiential but unfortunately that seems at least to me all had sorry, to say bad but wanted to give my opinion and I found this boring and could not get into it know matter how much tried, and really did try as one brought and kinda expensive for eBook so expected a lot better.

So best could fairly give was one and half star for potential only soz to score low.
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The most irreverent book I've read in 2014 27 May 2014
By Frank R. Errington - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A new urban horror series with lots of potential 24 Jun. 2014
By William H Hardman - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Waggoner creates a world in which dreams, or rather nightmares, come true. The worlds of reality and dark imagination are barely separated realms that often intersect. Night Watch is the self appointed authority that keeps the "real" world (mostly) ignorant of the dark, fantastical forces just beyond our perception.

Enter Audra and her nightmare, Jinx (our favorite psychotic clown). Officers of the Watch, they fight to keep the peace, and keep the more dangerous nightmares at bay. When the Maelstrom (the energy that gives dreams life) begins causing incursions into our world they find more danger...and enemies...than they imagined.

A very good beginning to a new series, setting up a world ripe for creation, destruction, and darkly humored mayhem. I hope Waggoner keeps the nightmares (and humor) coming in this series.
Your nightmares brought to life 29 Dec. 2014
By Tabitha @ Not Yet Read - Published on
Format: Paperback
Your nightmares brought to life

In the world of Night Terrors – people’s dreams can become reality. When this happens they become Ideators and their dreams that are given life are called Incubi. There is a realm that exists alongside ours and it is aptly named Nod. Get it – the land of Nod? Har har *wink*

The story follows Audra an Ideator whose incubi in a maniacal clown named Jinx. They are a team that work for the Night Watch rounding up rogue Incubi on Earth as well as in Nod. Generally just keeping all havoc from being noticed too much on Earth. They get some pretty cool high tech toys and can pass from Nod to Earth via Doors that only Incubi are supposed to be able to find.

Once you become an Ideator you can no longer sleep like a normal person…you just don’t sleep. So it seems many of them get hooked on different forms of pharmaceuticals – yes that’s right Audra is a bit of a workaholic as well as junkie. To be honest, I’m never keen on when main characters are substance abusers. Back to the story – this duo is out to catch an Incubi assassin who has been loose on Earth killing humans. They catch him only to have him escape and the story precedes from there with them trying to figure out some bigger plot behind things and for Audra to bump into an old familiar face from her past.

It sounds good, but it could have been great.

Obviously I thought this was worth finishing and it kept my interest enough so for me to do just that. But unfortunately while it was OK it wasn’t great. It might waffle somewhere between a 2 and a 3 for me and I’d be willing to give this author another chance because I found the world fascinating and I loved the descriptive writing and world building. However the speed at which the story moved allowed little to no room for the reader to build an attachment to the characters, and indeed the main character Audra fell very flat. There has to be some fine balance between moving the action and plot along at such a pace that still grips the reader but also allows them to develop a connection to the characters – which I just never did. Audra didn’t receive much in the way of character development at all. The dialogue between her and Russell got to be quite repetitive during their early scenes and some of that was just overly convenient and I just couldn’t see her running with the situation the way she did. As for her relationship with her incubi Jinx, I can see what her boss was saying about there being no Bond…there just wasn’t. I wasn’t feeling it. I’m sure that was the intention after all but I was instead disinterested in them and instead found the world itself and it’s descriptions more interesting then the story. There was however promise in the story but the overall package left Night Terrors feeling lackluster.
This book gets one star from me because it's bad, real bad 24 Dec. 2014
By Tyr - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This will be in no particular order.
This book gets one star from me because it's bad, real bad. Audra is unlikeable and is trying to win the gold medal of something I can't type here on Amazon. She has no problems with hurting people who are trying to look out for because she spends most of her time with her judgment impaired. Jinx is boring. He's supposed to be insane but it feels like a sane person trying to pass off as insane in order to get away with something. The love aspect of this book came out of nowhere and was horribly done since Audra and Russell barely spoke to each other and had no chemistry at all. But the worst thing about this book is that it's Nekropolis Jr, There are so many ideas in this book that are from Nekropolis that I started to get annoyed that I wasted my money on this book instead of just rereading the unfinished Nekropolis series. The relationship between Jinx and Audra was horrible. She starts off hating due to a childhood fear of clowns, then they're best buddies. They only thing that happened during those events was Audra flaffling about dying for her next fix, then being knocked out, then Jinx kicking some butt. Then suddenly, they're best buddies with nothing happening to make them buddies. I can only recommend this book if you're an avid Waggoner fan. For everyone else, don't pick this book up. Just reread Nekropolis. Give Matt a vagina and make him a witch (substitute the w for a b) and make Devonna a "insane" partner and you got this book.

What's sad is that this book could've worked. There only needed to be a few changes to make it work. If this book had been about a cop struggling with dual personalities, it would've worked. Had it been about a cop with an addiction to drugs and having to overcome it to save her partner, it would've worked. Had Waggoner learned the difference between an incubi and a thought projection, I would've been kinder to it.
He's a good writer, and his descriptions are amazing 4 Nov. 2014
By tld - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
In a world where nightmares can be brought to life and where the land of Nod exists close beside our world, a police force made up of nightmares and their creators (Ideators) handles all otherworldly crime.

I got a kick out of the world Tim Waggoner created here. Creatures crawling out of your nightmares is terrifying--and making those creatures your partner, having to trust them, is even more terrifying. But somehow it works.

Waggoner has a way with words, too. He's a good writer, and his descriptions are amazing.

This was a really cool book. I'm anxious to read the next in the series.

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