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Darkness Wakes

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  87 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
In the small town of Ptolemy, darkness is a living thing. A powerful thing. Its home is in the shadows of a bizarre, hidden club named Penumbra, where it is worshipped by followers who need the pleasure it gives them. They are addicted to it. They live for it. And they kill for it. When Aaron was first introduced to Penumbra, he thought it was just a secret club where memb ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Leisure Books (first published November 28th 2006)
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Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tim Waggoner is a talented writer; I have no doubts about that after reading Darkness Waits. His writing is smooth and engrossing, the scenery is well depicted and the action rolls in non stop motion down a jagged hill of unexpected revelations. The story gains velocity from the very first page when the reader is introduced to a small Ohio town of Ptolemy and a few of their quirkiest inhabitants. Waggoner is all out with risqué and explicit erotic encounters between the members of Penumbra, a ki ...more
William M.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
While I didn't enjoy this as much as LIKE DEATH or PANDORA DRIVE, the concept in DARKNESS WAKES might just be Waggoner's best idea to date. This is a very addictive novel and has some great moments of suspense and gore. However, it was hard to like the main character, Aaron, due to the way he treated his wife and the decisions he made throughout the book. That being said, my only other problem -- and this is not Mr. Waggoner's fault -- is the poor copyediting done by Leisure Books. I discovered ...more
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My first book by Waggoner. Made me an instant fan.
Matt Parsons
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very good modern horror story about a married man lured into a dark monsterous cult by an attractive neighbor. One of the better horror stories I've read in a while.
Dawnelle Wilkie
Dec 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, crap
If there were a way to give negative stars, I would do it.

This was the most poorly constructed piece of garbage-fiction I've read in ages. My favorite (dreadful) lines:

"The owner of the eyes watched him." (pg. # eludes me, it was early in the book)

"The pain song of the nipple mouths continued, high and mournful." (295)

And yes, "nipple mouths." It's exactly what you think it is. There are absolutely no redemptive qualities of this book, nothing to point out as a bleak positive. The language, imag
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-collection
The FUCKL door. Loads of sex and violence in this nasty little tale. Reminded me of Richard Laymon. Fast paced, loathsome characters, sex and lots of violence leading up to the end.
What a crazy ride!

Darkness Wakes begins with a somewhat happily married man noticing an unmarked door in a seedy strip mall. The door has FUCKL sort of scratched into it which would make anyone wonder what was going on there. Penumbra is the answer to that question and Penumbra is dark indeed.

Not too long after Aaron noticed the door, he begins to notice his sexy neighbor, Caroline. Caroline notices his interest and not long after she visits Aaron's veterinarian's clinic because her cat has a
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This was probably my least favorite of the novels by Waggoner that Leisure published, though it does have some interesting ideas and sections. It's well constructed, though none of the characters are very sympathetic. Some of the more graphic scenes were a bit too over-the-top for me; I kept thinking that I was reading Fight Club porn.
Haley Kraemer
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
It kept me interested from the beginning. There were several typos though. It was a more dirty,gory book than I had read before. I have watched several horror movies, but this was a new experience. I liked it a lot. It had an exciting and fresh premise.
William Drown
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Flew through this book. Read like a great Richard Laymon novel. Fun and gross read.
Jan 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2006
Very good read.
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the finest horror books I have read in years.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
I couldn't get through it. One of only 2 books in my life that I haven't finished. Maybe I'll return to it one day but for now, I want to spend my reading time on something I want to read.
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Tim Waggoner has published over forty novels and four short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among others. He's won the Bram Stoker Award and has been a finalist for both the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Visit him on the web at www.timwaggon ...more
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