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The Watchers
The Watchers

The Watchers



240 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: September 2022

ISBN 9781801102148

Rights: US & CA

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A claustrophobic horror adventure set in the remote unknown forests of Galway, where mysterious creatures keep humans as pets for observation, from debut Irish author A.M. Shine.

You can#&39;t see them. But they can see you.

This forest isn#&39;t charted on any map. Every car breaks down at its treeline. Mina#&39;s is no different. Left stranded, she is forced into the dark woodland only to find a woman shouting, urging Mina to run to a concrete bunker. As the door slams behind her, the building is besieged by screams.

Mina finds herself in a room with a wall of glass, and an electric light that activates at nightfall, when the Watchers come above ground. These creatures emerge to observe their captive humans and terrible things happen to anyone who doesn#&39;t reach the bunker in time.

Afraid and trapped among strangers, Mina is desperate for answers. Who are the Watchers and why are these creatures keeping them imprisoned, keen to watch their every move?


"A dark, claustrophobic read." —T. Kingfisher, author, The Twisted Ones

"Intense and thrilling, The Watchers is a great debut and solid addition to the survival horror sub-genre. This would be perfect for fans of Bird Box and A Quiet Place! —Read by Dusk

"A genuinely frightening story with deep characters, truly evil #&39;monsters#&39; and a vivid creepy dark setting." —The Untidy Bookshelf

"It’s not merely a suspenseful thriller – more of a slower paced story that might keep you up at night. It would not surprise me if this one will get nominated for all the awards next year. . . . A huge rec for all fans of horror and uncanny stories." —Libri Draconis

"Shine does well to drip feed the narrative to us before revealing the bigger picture which has such scale and depth, it will keep you turning page after page. . . . The Watchers captures a similar paranoia as Birdbox." —Bloody Flicks

Author Biography

A.M. Shine is a writer and advocate of the Gothic horror tradition. Born in Galway in the west of Ireland, there he received his Master Degree in History before sharpening his quill and pursuing all things literary and macabre. His stories have won the Word Hut and Bookers Corner prize. He has published two collections, Coldwood: the haunted man and other stories and 13 and is a member of the Irish Writers Centre. The Watchers is his first full-length novel.