SUPERNATURAL Thursdays: “Night Terror” by John Passarella Book Review

Supernatural - Night Terror by John Passarella

This is now the third Supernatural tie in novel that I’ve been lucky enough to review for Daemon’s TV and the oddest thing is that I keep finding each one better than the last. In between reading the books we’ve been sent to review, I read another one that I bought on my own and didn’t like it that much. So I’m really enjoying the luck I’m having with the ones that Titan Books has sent us. Here’s hoping my luck stays and the next one is even better.

For me, what works about this book is the fact that it’s as close as you’re going to get to that perfect scenario we fans look for on the show. It’s basically just the boys, the Impala and some monsters to fight. The first book I reviewed on this site took place in between seasons five and six so Sam and Dean weren’t together. And while the second book I reviewed did have Sam and Dean together, it was Soulless Sam who was there, not the real Sam.

But this book takes place later in season six, so we have real Sam back with the wall in his head intact to keep all those nasty memories of Hell from doing precisely what they are doing to him in the series now. Sam and Dean are sent by Bobby to a town called Clayton Falls, Colorado. When they get there they find that the place is crawling with strange creatures and monsters – from giant Gila monsters and spiders, to killer trees and zombies. None of it makes sense until they get to the bottom of what is causing all of these appearances and then of course there’s your standard race against time to save everyone before the entire town dies bloody.

Night Terror also features some of the most violent kills I’ve ever read in my life. In fact some of the scenes were so violent and gross that I’ll admit right now that I did skip ahead on a few of them. I’m all for horror and violence but when things get so bad that I think I might hurl, I have to move on. I guess that makes me a wimp but at least I was able to keep my last meal where it belonged and I consider that a victory.

So for those who want to read a good old fashioned monster story featuring your favorite hunters, I highly recommend this book. It’s got everything in it that a Supernatural fan could want.

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the review! I’m glad you liked my novel, Supernatural: Night Terror. I had a “no censors” / “no budget” mandate, which I tried to fulfill. So there’s a little more horror than you’d see on network TV, and I expanded the scope of the action to take full advantage of the unlimited budget.

    • Anonymous

      That’s great that you got to hit the story with a no holds barred attitude. It really worked. I’m not kidding when I say that it scared me by far than any of the others I’ve read so far. I often read before going to sleep at night and a couple of times while reading this one I began to wonder if maybe that was a grave error. LOL. 

      It is a goal of mine to publish a Supernatural tie in novel and I think I will now be using yours as a gauge by which to judge how scary it should be. 

      • http://www.passarella.com John Passarella

        Thanks again. I wrote 90% to 95% of Night Terror after midnight, with a quiet house, so I’m sure that helped set the mood. (I took a similar approach with Kindred Spirit, a ghost story/murder mystery/paranormal thriller.) I think on the show they may get frustrated with censors and their budget, so they see the novels as a way to go beyond those limits. Although novels have always had unlimited budgets and TV shows have always had tight budgets, so that part is no surprise. At the same time you have to use that unlimited budget while staying true to the core mission/premise of the show. I think the tie-in novels can really extend the fans’ enjoyment of the show, so I’ve been trying to get the word out as much as I can so that we can keep the books coming!

        • Anonymous

          It’s funny you say that about them seeing the novels as a way to go above and beyond the censors. I always thought that they might try to censor them so as to avoid going too far away from the show. But I can understand that they would want to keep the balance of going out of the boundaries of what can be done on TV, while still staying true to the show itself. It’s one of the things I find most challenging about trying to write within someone else’s world. I bet that would be hard to do, keeping your own voice while staying in their realm. 

          I can’t agree more. Ever since the day I stumbled across my first tie in novel (a Star Wars one, if memory serves) I’ve always found them to be way to add to my enjoyment of a series, movie, etc. Writing and reading fanfiction does that for me as well. While you have to wait sometimes months for a new book to be released, careful searching can often find great fanfiction stories to fill in the gaps. 

    • Anonymous

      That’s great that you got to hit the story with a no holds barred attitude. It really worked. I’m not kidding when I say that it scared me by far than any of the others I’ve read so far. I often read before going to sleep at night and a couple of times while reading this one I began to wonder if maybe that was a grave error. LOL. 

      It is a goal of mine to publish a Supernatural tie in novel and I think I will now be using yours as a gauge by which to judge how scary it should be. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/crystal.hubert Crystal Hubert

    great! thanks!