Night Terrors by Jonathan Janz

Night Terrors by Jonathan Janz
Savage Species Part One
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Horror
Length: Short Story (118 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Peaceful Valley is about to become a slaughterhouse!

Savage Species, Part 1

For the first time ever, Samhain Publishing will serialize a terrifying original novel, Savage Species, in five installments, with new installments coming every two weeks. Here, as a special introduction to the fear that awaits you in Savage Species, is the first section, Night Terrors, absolutely free!

Jesse thinks he’s caught a break when he, the girl of his dreams, and her friend are assigned by their newspaper to cover the opening weekend of the Peaceful Valley Nature Preserve, a sprawling, isolated state park. But the construction of the park has stirred an evil that has lain dormant for nearly a century, and the three young people—as well as every man, woman, and child unlucky enough to be attending the grand opening—are about to encounter the most horrific creatures to ever walk the earth. A species so ferocious that Peaceful Valley is about to be plunged into a nightmare of bloodshed and damnation.

Night Terrors is an intriguing suspenseful start as the first book in a chilling quintet. This gory tale follows a young group of newspaper writers covering the opening weekend of the newly constructed Peaceful Valley Nature Preserve Park and a unhappily married new mom whose only wish is for her husband to help with their six month old son and for him to stop paying his attractive assistant coach so much attention.

Emma Cayce, a young ball of energy, is reluctant to go on this news assignment to the park opening. Jesse Hargrove is happy to be anywhere Emma is. While they are out interviewing Frank Red Elk, the lone Algonquin descendent, they are invaded by green eyed inhuman creatures.

Eric Florence is a married basketball coach with a newly constructed home and a new baby. His wife, Charly is unhappy and tired of being ignored by her husband. Will the disruption of the unwelcome gory monsters bring the couple together after a tragic event in the Florence’s household?

Mr. Janz has a powerful imagination that has created an engrossing goose bump plot. I mean in the sense of ‘covering your eyes’ during a scary movie fear. The first installment, all though it’s just a teaser, draws you in with a mix of suspense and thriller. Mr. Janz has a way with delivering a descriptive writing style that puts you right in the thick of things. I was so involved with the story my heart was crushed at the abrupt ending. I personally would like to have seen the main characters more developed as far as giving them a deeper physical description. Overall the author did a fantastic job in building part one of Night Terrors to a gripping intensity that will have you anticipating the next installment.


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