All good things come to an end. And apparently, that is the case with John Connolly’s Samuel Johnson trilogy, a fantasy/horror series for young adults of all ages. This is unfortunate. In a perfect world, folks would be lining up at midnight (or bringing the Internet down with a volume-induced crash) to be among the first to purchase THE CREEPS, the final(?) volume of the Johnson canon.
Samuel Johnson is a somewhat unassuming young man on the cusp of adolescence who resides in the small English town of Biddlecombe with his mum and Boswell, his loyal if (largely) silent dachshund. Samuel has no particular talents or abilities, other than a quiet strength and courage that far exceed his tender years. To wit, while you and I have been going about our business, sleeping peacefully in our beds, young Samuel has saved the Multiverse, which includes this one, twice from the forces of darkness. And let me tell you, the forces of darkness as presented by Connolly and set loose upon Samuel are some scary forces, ones that make Lovecraft’s Cthulhu about as scary as the heavyset guy on “The Big Bang Theory.” If you are familiar with Connolly’s adult horror/mystery/thrillers and wonder where the antagonists in those books come from, the Johnson trilogy answers that question.
"In a perfect world, folks would be lining up at midnight (or bringing the Internet down with a volume-induced crash) to be among the first to purchase THE CREEPS, the final(?) volume of the Johnson canon."
Which brings us to THE CREEPS, where one of the dark creatures that Samuel has handily vanquished isn’t about to go creeping into that good night gently by any means. Samuel has his hands full with the lovely if undeserving Lucy Highmore, who is interested in him but for all the wrong reasons. There is also the matter of Nerd and Wormwood, a couple of demon buddies of Samuel who are living in his closet, which is a so