Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Them” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


4.50  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In the small town of Maple Grove, Alabama, an ancient evil resurfaces to claim its right to life and the human race be damned.
When Ray Sanders returned to Maple Grove to attend his mother’s funeral, he never planned to have to overcome all of his insecurities in order to save the town from an evil as old as time itself. For over a hundred years, the town of Maple Grove ha
Kindle Edition
Published May 10th 2017 by Fear Front Publishing
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Them, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Them

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-53
Average rating 4.50  · 
Rating details
 ·  34 ratings  ·  21 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Them
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
James Watts is a very complex author, difficult to sort or describe. Although, all readers seem to agree —he's brilliant.
The book starts with a shuddering scene that doesn't let you go anymore. It makes you ask yourself several times what are you witnessing.
The novel is full suspense, keeping you in the dark watching over your shoulder. You can observe uncountable references to traditional and neo horror, which shows hard work on research and composition of the different storylines sewing this
Robert W. Easton
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.

In Them, the author has crafted a horror novel reminiscent of a modern day analog to 1922 from Full Dark, No Stars, particularly by the steady building of tension with fully realized characters mired in blue collar Americana.

The story is set in modern times in a small town when a son returns for his mother's funeral. Without giving anything away, the son and a few other key characters begin a slow build into a confrontation wi
Shaun Filion
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was one day casually looking through books that I wanted to order, and by chance, I happened upon "THEM"! Decided to take a chance on it, and was not disappointed! James Watts gives you an immediate like of his characters, all while weaving an intricate Tale of Terror. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Ray Sanders comes home to Maple Grove when his mother dies and is the catalyst for the horrors that threaten the lives of the townsfolk and everyone that Ray holds dear. In this story, you get death, mayhem and the ultimate battle between good and evil. This is a must read for fans of the horror genre.
Chris Miller
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had a book sitting upon the throne of my "favorite of the past year" for quite some time now, and every book I have come across since it has not quite topped it, though several have come close to equaling it.

THEM by James Watts unseats the King and drops down on that iron throne, scepter in hand, and blows everyone else out of the room.

At once a horror story, a gothic tale, and a generations-old mystery story, THEM sets itself apart by being wholly original while at the same time nodding in
P.J. Blakey-Novis
THEM is a horror novel, and the debut from this author. It tells the story of Ray Sanders, who returns home to bury his mother. But not all is as it seems in the small town, as something evil lurks in the shadows, threatening all who live there. The story was incredibly well written, with scenes which are easy to envisage, and believable characters. The plot was tense, and well thought out, which kept me reading on, desperate to find out what happened next. THEM is a must-read for any fan of hor ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the read but it ended quickly.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is wow! I felt like trying to draw parallels to the story from other tales I have heard, but there was so much originality it was hard to put my finger on one thing. At times I felt vibes of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Others felt like Ridley Scott’s alien universe. Other times The Thing. All the while none were like, similar maybe, but not like James’s wild ride! James picks the scab and pours salt on the wound of the fear all humans have... loosing control of themselves, thei ...more
P.A. Rudders
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great debut horror novel that would sit comfortably among the works of Stephen King & James Herbert ...

With ancient malevolent forces occupying human bodies, innocent looking creatures morphing into hungry life-draining parasites, and a history of evil dating back millennia, these ingredients alone are a recipe for an intriguing horror tale. Added to the mix though are family secrets and rivalries, murder, and an emerging horror triggered by the main character’s return to his childhood home an
R. E.
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly Creepy

The author unwinds the mystery of Them gradually, building suspense and keeping you turning pages. The characters are well fashioned and relatable.

There's lots of action and plenty of gore as the story heats up and heads to the final pages. I won't issue any spoilers save to say it was a hell of a conclusion.

Have fun with this one, horror fans.
Lee Franklin
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome body snatching critters

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and it's well-rounded characters and wicked creatures. Sets a solid pace, yet teases you along wanting to know more. Reminiscent of King but with Watts definite own flavour in the pot.
Small US towns officially scare the bejesus out of me.
It took a while for the story to move beyond meeting the characters. As the novel progress the mystery and deaths increase as to wanted to learn what is going on.
Lisa Lee
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The synopsis for Them by James Watts paints it as a small-town-with-a-big-secret horror story, and it is that, but it is more than that. The synopsis does not do the story justice, not at all (but many excellent authors cannot write a good synopsis, so there is that). Them is a story reminiscent of and on par with the works of Bentley Little and John Saul, but darker, edgier. It is small town cosmic horror, and horror is the operative word.

James Watts weaves a dark and suspenseful horror with tr
Craig Stewart
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a horror novel, Them certainly delivers. It's an intense, fast-paced nightmare following a small community of relatable and unique characters as they uncover a horrible secret that plagues their small town. It's a story that spans generations, and the secrets they keep from each other. And those secrets come crawling, and clawing, and snarling out of the darkness to destroy them. There are some passages in this book that will challenge you to turn the next page. Luckily, James Watts' expert p ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
keeping it clean and to the cut, this book is definitely a must read for anyone into supernatural situations. the characters seemed good to me on a scale of zero to interesting along with the comedic and horror levels too. I only had an issue with keeping up with who was who (Ray and Roy) at certain times, because sometimes I would go a couple weeks without reading and kept having to look at the back of the book quickly to find out who the main character was.

all in all, im gonna be lookin more i
Horror DNA
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jennifer-turner
I have to say my favorite trope in horror is of the small-town-fights-evil variety. I often complain about throwaway characters that are introduced and killed off without a hint of backstory. Small town horror introduces you to these characters, gives them a background and makes the reader actually invested in the story. Them is this very kind of tale.

You can read Jennifer's full review at Horror DNA by clicking here.
Kyle Cheuvront
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a good horror book from an up and coming author, THEM certainly fits the bill. I was hooked in from the beginning and enjoyed the whole story. There were some truly terrifying passages in this book which is exactly what I was hoping for. ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book and worth the time.
Dec 31, 2020 marked it as started-may-finish-some-day  ·  review of another edition
Gotta take a break at 32%. I really, really, don’t like rats.
J D Motley
rated it liked it
Dec 08, 2018
Jennifer Mullaney
rated it it was amazing
Jun 19, 2020
Jeremy Bennett
rated it it was amazing
Nov 02, 2018
Sheri Jacob Mueller
rated it liked it
Sep 11, 2020
Rookie Burwick
rated it it was amazing
Apr 10, 2018
P.J. Reed
rated it it was amazing
May 21, 2018
Becky Narron
rated it it was amazing
Nov 09, 2018
rated it liked it
Jul 13, 2020
Kevin C
rated it it was ok
May 01, 2020
Kristy Smith
marked it as to-read
Jul 28, 2017
Billy Candelaria
marked it as to-read
Apr 20, 2018
marked it as to-read
Jul 16, 2018
marked it as to-read
Sep 28, 2018
marked it as to-read
Apr 17, 2019
Brad Tierney
marked it as to-read
Aug 25, 2019
marked it as to-read
Sep 09, 2019
marked it as to-read
Nov 17, 2019
Shawn W Foley
marked it as to-read
Jan 09, 2020
Al Burke
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2020
marked it as to-read
Mar 25, 2020
Evie Miller
marked it as to-read
Mar 31, 2020
Merrill David
marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2020
marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2020
marked it as to-read
Sep 16, 2019
lloyd Barnett
is currently reading it
Apr 11, 2018
marked it as to-read
Jun 15, 2018
Matt Burrows
is currently reading it
Jul 06, 2018
added it
Jul 20, 2018
marked it as to-read
Sep 08, 2018
Johnathan Breeland
marked it as to-read
Sep 25, 2018
Malina Skrobosinski
marked it as to-read
Sep 29, 2018
« previous 1 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
THEM book signings Schedule. 1 1 Apr 24, 2018 10:07PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Children of the Dark
  • Growing Things and Other Stories
  • The Hellbound Heart
  • The Wicked
  • Those Below the Tree House
  • There Will Be Bears
  • The Dark Man  (The Graveyard: Classified Paranormal Series Book 1)
  • The White Night (The Graveyard #2)
  • Kill Creek
  • And Hell Followed: An Anthology
  • Rotters
  • Of Foster Homes and Flies
  • Graymatter
  • Daughters Unto Devils
  • Blue World
  • Out Behind the Barn
  • Walk The Darkness Down
  • Darkfall
See similar books…
James Watts was born in Birmingham, Alabama in March of 1976. Growing up in the small town of West Jefferson, Alabama, Watts spent his days lost in his vivid imagination.

At age 10, he discovered the Hardy Boys mystery series and fell in love with reading. By Age 12 the discovery of Stephen King's The Stand gave life to his need to write, to tell stories that he hoped the world would love.

It woul

Related Articles

  Whether you love the horror genre or just tiptoe into it ahead of Halloween, we have book picks for every level of scared you want to...
449 likes · 281 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »