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Nightcrawlers

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  174 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
200 years ago, the village of Clavitt Fields was burned to the ground. It was hoped that what lived there had perished in the fire. But they did not perish. They went underground...

For generations, they lived and bred in darkness, adapting themselves to a subterranean existence. Now they are rising to the surface, and what they've become is a horror beyond belief, a crawli
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Published March 4th 2014 by DarkFuse (first published March 1st 2014)
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Dan Schwent
Feb 09, 2014 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, darkfuse
When a bulldozer unearths corpses in a field, it's up to the police to figure out what's going on. Out-of-towner cop Kenney wonders what the rest of the police aren't telling him, what all the townspeople know but are afraid to do anything about: the degenerate subterraneans that lurk in the tunnels beneath the town of Haymarket...

I got this from Netgalley and the fine folks at DarkFuse.

So... I loved this book! It covers a lot of ground that I love in horror books, most notably the secrecy of sm
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Char
Mar 03, 2014 Char rated it it was amazing
Shelves: darkfuse-titles
This book was a BLAST! I don't even know where to start. This is old school, Lovecraftian horror at its finest. It even goes so far as to provide an imaginative explanation for this cosmic horror, which I loved.

An old abandoned town causes talk. Especially when people are anywhere near this town, they tend to hear things. They tend to see things. Sometimes they don't make it back to their towns or cities of origin. Sometimes they get pulled down, never to been seen or heard from again.

I'm not ev
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Jon Recluse
May 04, 2014 Jon Recluse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, 5-star-horror
This was an ARC from NetGalley.

What begins as an homage to Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space" becomes something so much more as Curran cuts his own path, offering up a horrifying alternative explanation for the Mythos in this nightmarish thrill ride concerning what may be lurking below the ground. Mind blowing in it's implications, this novel is proof positive that Curran's imagination is without equal.

Highly recommended!

Publication date: March 4, 2014
Paul Nelson
Some words of advice, if you’re contemplating going on a pot holing expedition then leave reading this till after you come back. Tim Curran has a wonderfully unique imagination unlike anything I’ve read before and that’s mainly why I have over a dozen of his books that I’m going to read this year.

We join the story at the beginning of an investigation involving not just local law enforcement but state troopers as well, digging in a field unearths corpses, lots of them and bones covered in strange
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Oct 26, 2014 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
4.5
'...sooner or later your skeletons clawed out of their moldy closets and your demons slipped out of their boxes.'
This story is disgusting, horrifying and even a bit humorous (the last one would be a spoiler if explained). As strange as it may sound after that sentence, I enjoyed it a lot. It's been a while since a book made my hair rise. Tim Curran seems to know everything that terrifies (Dead Sea) or disgust me (Nightcrawlers) and while I may not love it as much as Dead Sea or my favourite
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Kimberly
Feb 09, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Tim Curran is a mastermind when it comes to creating horrific images of creatures you've never imagined before! His latest novel starts out with a bang, the terror and mystery building immediately. I could picture being in the middle of the rising mist along with his characters, discovering things that were best never seen.... Curran's strong use of imagery creates a palpable atmosphere of claustrophobic horror. My only mild complaint is that the ending seemed, to me, to lose some of the ...more
Amanda
Little girls chewing on dog bones. Hideous ghostly gnarled figures knocking on your windows at night. Bones start turning up at an old abandoned farm. Cops go missing in woods that locals avoid. Secret buried come crawling out of the mud. Clavitt Fields, a small hamlet is burnt to the ground 200 years ago, but locals know that something terrible is living beneath the ruins, Nightcrawlers.

Elena Blasdenhas lived near to the old Ezren farm all her life. When police start investigating bones turnin
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
The book started off discovering bodies. Lots of bodies that had been eaten by something. I thought the story was going to go one way but then the author came out and smacked me upside the head with a whole different direction completely.
Was I scared? Nah not really, but then I am a hateful heifer. Will I read more from this author? Most certainly.

Thanks Netgalley and Darkfuse.
Kaisersoze
Like most of Curran's works, Nightcrawlers is big on atmosphere, detailed descriptions, Lovecraftian overtones, and gross-out horror. Unlike most of Curran's works, Nightcrawlers is extremely light on memorable characters or their any kind of decent development. Instead, the reader is tasked to deal with a group of almost interchangeable police officers, state troopers and other law enforcement officers. In fact, they're so alike that Curran at one point loses track of which character he is foll ...more
11811 (Eleven)
Dec 02, 2014 11811 (Eleven) rated it really liked it
The Colour Out of Space meets THE DESCENT (2005.) That's the best I can come up with for a description but I think it will suffice. This was a very clever story with all the Curran hallmarks. Unfortunately, like the late HP, this includes a lack of character development. I had to drop a full star in this case because it was more lacking than usual. It's hard to care about a story if you don't care about it's characters.

His go-on-for-fucking-ever descriptiveness is as prominent as always and I c
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Gary
Feb 09, 2014 Gary rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-horror
Not a bad story. It reads like a late night horror movie. It has a decided lack of character depth and plot development. The creatures are what it advertises and what it delivers.
If you like books with stock characters that battle creatures throughout a story in a light, fun read then this book is for you.
Anthony Hains
Sep 19, 2014 Anthony Hains rated it liked it
While I was reading Nightcrawlers by Tim Curran, I couldn’t help wondering about the cleanliness of his house. I have read a number of his works, and many involve slimy, putrid, gross, yucky…things. This one involves vaguely shaped humans living underground who were more mushroomy-fungi in consistency than flesh and bones. Oh, and these things have a knack for capturing people and dragging them deep underground in their mucous like tunnels. You get the idea. I figure this guy is either capable ...more
Chris
Aug 22, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
The rural town of Haymarket, Wisconsin, holds a very dark secret that spans generations, and the locals and old timers know the gruesome history that surrounds Clavitt Fields...but the town ignored it. When bones of corpses, some dead long long ago, the state police begin an investigation. Then a police officer disappears while out on patrol in the area, his partner claims he glimpsed pale disturbing forms flitting in the mist. State Investigator Kenney decides to probe further, about those ...more
Ms. Nikki
I was saving all my Curran reads for some unknown day in the future when I was snowed in and unable to leave the house.

However, a friend recommended I read it pronto.

I did and found it lacking.

The characters were ineffectual when it came down to me, the reader, caring about their outcomes. Where were Tim's normally hated/loved characters you wished would die/live?

That alone pulled this read down for me. It was also lacking in the atmospheric department that I normally brag about. Don't get me w
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Mike
Mar 05, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
A well written story with that Lovecraft feel to it. With Tim's writing you get that vivid feeling like your right there. He creates this eerie atmosphere for you when your reading. I've been a big fan of his work, Tim Curran is a must read for me. The story starts out with bones and bodies being found in a field. The local and state cops get called in to investigate. Then cops disappear under ground. Then Kenney the man in charge, finds out about the strange things that have happen over the ...more
Bob Milne
Feb 26, 2014 Bob Milne rated it really liked it
Despite something of a slow middle section and an ending that, as imaginative as it was, I felt robbed the story of much of its shock factor, Nightcrawlers was a solid, enjoyable, well-told tale of small town, subterranean horror. Tim Curran has a flair to establishing a scene, for imbuing it with real dread, and for keeping the gore fresh.

The opening chapters here are some of the tightest, most terrifying I've read in a very long time, with half-eaten bodies littering the field, a suffocating f
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Rick Fisher
Jun 20, 2014 Rick Fisher rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
2.5 stars

Although Tim Curran has a very descriptive style of writing, I had trouble connecting with the characters and the overall story line.
The best part about this story was just how real everything felt while reading this. Mr. Currans words pull you right into the suspense, the horror, the danger and the goosebumpiness of every chilling scene.
But, I found myself wanting to see who died next, instead of being concerned about any one characters well being. So, this one drug on and on. It w
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Trev Twinem
Feb 06, 2016 Trev Twinem rated it did not like it
Shelves: darkfuse
I guess we all have different tastes and different attitudes to what we attribute as good horror. I hated this book, I found the story and the characters held little or no interest for me, and it just seemed to be a killing field of the good guy against the myth and the monster. I know many will differ from my view but on this occasion there is no way I can sing the praises of Mr Curran (I did however love Skin Medicine!)and so I leave it to those who had enjoyment from this story to expand on ...more
Addy
Apr 05, 2014 Addy rated it liked it
I should have read some reviews before i dug into this one. I love Curran, but not so fond of Lovecraft. Sorry...this story just didn't do it for me. The beginning was great and promising. I loved the horrific descriptions of the nightcrawlers, but when it drifted off into something bizarre and psychedelic, I lost interest. The ending was not satisfying. I felt like i was coming off of a high-er feeling that left me depressed. However, if you like cosmic horror, you will love this.
The Haunted Reading Room {Cthulhu Down the Chimney Tonight}
If you seek pure horror, here it is. "NIGHTCRAWLERS" will stand your hair on end, curl your toes, and make you leave the lights on all night. This is nonstop horror at its apex.
Marvin
Mar 06, 2014 Marvin rated it it was amazing
If you like horror novels with non-stop action and descriptions that will give you nightmares, then Tim Curran's Nightcrawlers is for you. This is the first book I have read by Curran and, if this is an accurate representation of his talents, he is bound to be a major name in the fields. Nightcrawlers read like a Lovecraft tribute except that the actual Cthulhu Mythos isn't really used by the novel except as a fleeting reference to a character's knowledge of the horror sub-genre. Yet the book do ...more
Kate

Clavitt's field has a dark history as state investigator Kenney finds out when he is sent to oversee the recovery of bodies that have been found there. When two cops go missing during the investigation, Kenney soon comes face to face with the horrific existence that has lived underground for 200 hundred years.

Curran has yet again produced work that ensures readers can vividly experience the story. He manages to create an incredibly tense atmosphere and as a reader his descriptive writing places
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Pamellia
Feb 13, 2014 Pamellia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror and Curran fans
Recommended to Pamellia by: DarkFuse
Shelves: 2014-dark-fuse
The first 3/4s of this book set up the unusual ending. This was a good read that kept me interested and curious as to what the heck was going on in this little town. The characters are believable. I especially enjoyed the old woman (in her 90s) who lived there in the town.

I want to give Tim a special shout out for Chapter 45. This is some lovely writing. Poetic and heart-felt. Nice job, ole boy!

I would recommend this book to Tim Curran fans. The ending was very different and unexpected. I enjoye
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Majanka
Mar 08, 2014 Majanka rated it it was amazing
Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/...

Nightcrawlers is unique, dark, terrifying and highly entertaining. The writing is sublime. Seriously, in terms of writing style, this must be the best book I’ve read in months. Tim Curran manages to craft sentences that feel like magic. The horrific images he creates are highly imaginative and original. The atmosphere is dark from the start, and slowly, the darkness crawls into the reader’s brain until you can picture
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Gabriella Gricius
Feb 09, 2014 Gabriella Gricius rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Why Read: NetGalley it was again… and also because as many of my viewers know, I’m absolutely a horror-junkie. I love anything that sets my hairs on end and I certainly wasn’t going to pass up a chance to read a book called “Nightcrawlers”.

Review: Nightcrawlers… how can I justify this book? Rather… how can I justify how much I enjoyed it? Normally I go for books that aren’t so obviously frightening, I like the psychological… the freaky… the Hannibal Lector style books: but somehow this book ach
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Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is the story of Clavitts Field. 200 years ago it was burned to the ground amid rumours of witchcraft and demon worship. Now bodies have started to turn up on the site where the town once stood. It is up to the state Troopers to find out what is going on. The local Law Enforcement know, have grown up with the knowledge, but they aren't telling because the horror of the truth is too much to put into words......

This was amazing! It was gross and scary and trippy all at the same time. The pace
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 (shan) Littlebookcove
Wow....Just Wow.

I feel like i've had my head completely blown off. That Buzz you get after you've read a horror story so good! That i know EVERY true horror Book fan feel's When they find an author that just hit's that spot! Tim Curran Is that Author. I just clocked i've read Doll Face and to be honest i Didn't take a feel to that, But Nightcrawlers I did. Let me introduce you to this book a bit.

There's no need for char development's Because the plot is so full on. from page go it's on... Tim pu
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Donald Armfield
I haven't got the creeps from reading since Ketchum's "Off Season"

What is haunting Bellac Road? People have been disappearing for years and strange noises come from the woods. A dark adventurous trip into what lurks below.

After a group of law enforcements go on the look for a fellow officer all hell brakes loose with these strange lovecraftian beings plan to engulf the world above. One of the best reads for me in awhile, with a strange hallucinogenic twist at the end.

Thank you Netgalley and Da
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Bob Meracle
Mar 09, 2014 Bob Meracle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good descriptive atmospheric claustrophobic Lovecraftian creepfest. Think I'll stay away from northern Wisconsin. Very highly recommended.
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Tim Curran lives in Michigan and is the author of the novels Skin Medicine, Hive, Dead Sea, Resurrection, The Devil Next Door, and Biohazard, as well as the novella The Corpse King. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as City Slab, Flesh&Blood, Book of Dark Wisdom, and Inhuman, and anthologies such as Shivers IV, High Seas Cthulhu, and Vile Things.

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