Christopher Golden

The Shadow Saga

"Christopher Golden was writing kick-ass urban fantasy before the genre even had a name.  The Peter Octavian novels are smart, fast-paced, lyrical and vicious." 
- Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The Dragon Factory and Rot & Ruin

"Christopher Golden scared the unholy $#!& out of me. Thank god I was reading with the lights on! WAKING NIGHTMARES is one deliciously terrifying, un-put-down-able book. Totally, compellingly creepy. (I hate him now and shall have to kill him because I'll never be able to sleep again.)"
- Kat Richardson, author of the Greywalker novels

There are new Peter Octavian books to be consumed. The sixth book, THE GRAVES OF SAINTS, was released in March 2013. New editions of every book in the series have been released, each with a brand-new cover. The first book, OF SAINTS AND SHADOWS, offers a new foreword by Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire mysteries, which inspired the popular TV series True Blood.

Of Saints and Shadows by Christopher Golden

Of Saints and Shadows

Book One in the Shadow Saga is a brilliant epic that takes you into the secret world of vampires -- and a secret society sworn to destroy them. Sweeping, sensuous, and shocking, it is a powerful vision of immortality that will hold you in its spell...forever.

Additional Information
New Paperback Edition
July 27th, 2010
Published by Ace
Foreword by Charlene Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire mysteries
ISBN-10: 0441019056
ISBN-13: 978-0441019052

Original Edition
Published June 1994
Reprinted October 1998
ISBN 0441005705

Angel Souls and Devil Hearts by Christopher Golden

 

Angel Souls and Demon Hearts

The Shadows have been exposed. The ancient vampiric race now finds itself in danger of the most powerful demon of all--human prejudice. In a world where the good are no longer recognizable from the bad, where Shadows are indeed the saints, a holy war is about to begin, pitting humans and vampires against the darkest demons of the Pit.

Additional Information
New Paperback Edition
September 28th, 2010
Published by Ace
ISBN-10: 0441019463
ISBN-13: 978-0441019465

Original Edition
Published July 1995
Reprinted November 1998
ISBN 0425148319

Of Masques and Martyrs by Christopher Golden

 

Of Masques and Martyrs

Led by Peter Octavian, the Shadows must drink blood. Yet they do not steal life. New Shadows are created only by individual choice. Peace is their only hunger. The minions of Hannibal have a different goal: the enslavement of humanity. They kill for pleasure and for thirst. They indiscriminately create more of their own. And they embrace the title of terrible legend: vampire. Shadows and vampires. One and the same. Their war continues...

Additional Information
New Paperback Edition
November 30th, 2010
Published by Ace
ISBN-10: 0441005845
ISBN-13: 978-0441005840

Original Edition
Published December 1998
ISBN 0441005845

 

The Gathering Dark by Christopher Golden

The Gathering Dark

Once upon a time, the world believed that demons and supernatural creatures were figments of imagination.

Then The Gospel of Shadows was destroyed -- the one magical weapon capable of keeping the monsters at bay.

Now, the barriers between the human world and paranormal realms are being torn asunder, as beings born of nightmares swarm across the globe.

And humanity's only hope lies in Peter Octavian -- a powerful mage who's held in suspicion for once being mankind's worst enemy.

A vampire.

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Additional Information
New Paperback Edition
February 2011
Published by Ace
ISBN-10: 0441010814
ISBN-13: 978-0441010813

Original Edition
Published June 24th, 2003
ISBN 0441010814


Waking Nightmares by Christopher Golden

Waking Nightmares

When chaos erupts in the small coastal town of Hawthorne, Massachusetts, former vampire-turned-mage Peter Octavian and earthwitch Keomany Shaw arrive to investigate. 

Years ago, Octavian helped expose the secret existence of vampires to the world, dismantling the Vatican's sorcery corps in order to save his fellow shadows from destruction.  But without the Vatican sorcerers, the magical barriers they spent centuries constructing to keep the forces of darkness out of our world are beginning to fail, and things are slipping through. 

Now an ancient god of chaos is awakening in Hawthorne, its influence spreading...and it's Octavian's fault.  If he can't stop it, the blood of all human kind will be on his hands.

Additional Information
Paperback published by Ace Books
March 29th, 2011
ISBN-10: 0441020178
ISBN-13: 978-0441020171

Read Christopher Golden's essay about his return to the world of Peter Octavian.


The Graves of Saints by Christopher Golden



The Graves of Saints

For centuries, Vatican sorcerers kept demons and monsters out of our world with the magic found in a grimoire called The Gospel of Shadows. Years ago, to save his people from madmen, Peter Octavian defeated those sorcerers and the Gospel of Shadows itself was banished from the Earth. Ever since, the evils and monstrosities lurking in parallel worlds have been waking to the realization that our magical defenses are down - the barriers keeping them out of our world are crumbling.

With massive demonic incursions in locations around the world, Octavian should be focused on using his own sorcery to drive the evil out and rebuild our defences. But a renegade vampire named Cortez has murdered the person Octavian loves the most and, even with his friends and allies around him, he is so lost in grief that he can think of nothing but revenge. There are others who can fight the darkness - mages and Shadows, witches and Reapers and vampire samurai - but only the warrior-mage, Peter Octavian, can defeat it.

If he will answer the call.

Additional Information
Published by Simon & Schuster UK
March 14th, 2013
ISBN-10: 0857209647
ISBN-13: 9780857209641

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King of Hell by Christopher Golden

King of Hell

Peter Octavian's powerful sorcery guards his world against evil. Now he must go on a perilous journey to save those condemned to a fate worse than death itself...

When Octavian called upon Gaea to rid the Earth of demons, her magic banished not only the demons but also the Shadows - vampires who had foresworn evil and fought alongside him, some for many years.

Together with two unlikely companions - a wise-cracking goblin with the ability to walk the paths between worlds, and a demon changeling struggling to come to terms with what he is - Octavian sets out on what seems to be an impossible mission: to free his friends from Hell.

There he finds some unexpected figures from his past - and an enemy of his own making, driven by an implacable hatred, whose power is equal to his own and whose quest for vengeance is personal...

Additional Information
Published by Simon & Schuster UK
January 16th, 2014
ISBN-10: 0857209671
ISBN-13: 978-0857209672

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Backstory

In 1994, Berkley published my first novel, Of Saints and Shadows. This is how the press materials described it: "A secret sect of the Catholic Church, armed with an ancient book of the undead called The Gospel of Shadows, has been slowly destroying vampires for centuries. Now the book has been stolen, and the sect races to retrieve it before their purpose is discovered: a final purge of all vampires. As the line between saints and shadows grows ominously faint, private eye Peter Octavian is drawn into the search. And he'll do anything to find the book . . . for Peter Octavian is also a vampire." Of course, there's a lot more going on in the book than that, including some surprising historical figures showing up as vampires, down and dirty sex, demons, sorcery . . . a little bit of everything. The second novel in what I'm now calling The Shadow Saga was Angel Souls and Devil Hearts. Published in 1995, it featured the continuing adventures of the characters who survived the first book. While the first book combined elements of mystery and epic fantasy, the second is, pure and simple, a war novel. Oh, sure, there are lots of interesting scenes that take place in Hell, but those aside, it's a war novel. I was ecstatic when ACE Books decided to rerelease them under a 'Dark Fantasy' banner, in anticipation of the release of the third book in the series, Of Masques and Martyrs, which hit stores in October 1998. Nearly six years later, The Gathering Dark was published.

I get a lot of e-mail about the books. I want to thank everyone who wrote.

- Christopher Golden

Reviews

"Christopher Golden was writing kick-ass urban fantasy before the genre even had a name.  The Peter Octavian novels are smart, fast-paced, lyrical and vicious." 

-- Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The Dragon Factory and Rot & Ruin

"A politico-religious thriller reminiscent of the novels of David Morrell. A delightful read and a noteworthy debut by a writer who cares passionately about the stuff of horror. Harrowing, humorous, overflowing with characters and plot contortions, abundantly entertaining . . . a portent of great things to come from Christopher Golden."

-- Douglas E. Winter, Cemetery Dance

"Wildly entertaining horror. For those of you not familiar with Golden's Shadow Saga, it's like mixing Laurell K. Hamilton's action-packed Anita Blake novels with the dark ambiance of an H. P. Lovecraft story. The pacing is always pedal-to-the-floor, the main characters are larger-than-life, and the demons and other assorted monstrosities give Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos a run for its money -- just plain wild, spine-tingling, fun."

-- Barnes & Noble Online

"A breathtaking story that succeeds in marrying gore and romance, sex and sentiment. A brilliant epic."

-- Dark News, Paris

"One of the best horror novels of the year. Filled with tension, breathtaking action, dire plots and a convincing depiction of worlds existing unseen within our own. One of the most promising debuts in some time."

-- Science Fiction Chronicle

"You can damn near chase me a mile these days with a vampire novel. Then, along comes Christopher Golden. His work is fast and furious, funny and original, and I can't wait until his next book."

-- Joe R. Lansdale, author of Mucho Mojo and The Two Bear Mambo

"The most refreshing books in the vampire genre since Anne Rice wrote Interview with the Vampire, [Golden's novels] are completely in a class by themselves."

-- Pathway to Darkness

"Christopher Golden has painted an intriguing canvas, full of action, sweep and dark mythology; a novel that unfolds like a vampiric Kabuki theatre. Golden is smart and savvy; a writer with a bright future."

-- Rex Miller, author of Slob and Chaingang

"Passionate . . . Excellent . . . Golden has written one of the best . . . a deep probe into the inner-workings of the church and a surprise explanation for vampires. [A] brilliant vampire novel in a blizzard of bloody tooth bites this year."

-- LitNews Online

"A promising debut. In his world of vampires and dark magic, Golden presents us with a complex canvas to rival Brian Lumley."

-- Craig Shaw Gardner, author of Dragon Waking

"Golden combines quiet, dark, subtle mood with Super-Giant monster action. Sort of M.R. James meets Godzilla!"

-- Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy

"The characters in Golden's books are always interesting and carefully drawn. You might care a little too much about some of them. Of Masques and Martyrs is a furiously paced, energetic thriller with enough original ideas for three or four of anyone else's books."

-- The Plot Thickens, from Mysterious Galaxy

"Something wicked this way comes in Christopher Golden's WAKING NIGHTMARES...A thrilling page-turner...that will keep you on the edge of your seat. WAKING NIGHTMARES is a great addition to the spring/summer reading collection."

- Romance Reviews Today

Other Covers

British covers:

Of Saints and Shadows by Christopher Golden   Angel Souls and Devil Hearts by Christopher Golden   Of Masques and Martyrs by Christopher Golden   The Gathering Dark by Christopher Golden Waking Nightmares by Christopher Golden   The Graves of Saints by Christopher Golden   King of Hell by Christopher Golden

The original covers for the series:

Of Saints and Shadows by Christopher Golden   Angel Souls and Devil Hearts by Christopher Golden   Of Masques and Martyrs by Christopher Golden   The Gathering Dark by Christopher Golden

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