The Ojanox I: Scream in the Dark

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Pub Date 16 Jul 2024 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2024

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Endorsed by Scream Queen actress, Felissa Rose. ~ "The Ojanox is Phenomenal! There's a new voice in horror, and his name is Daemon Manx. ~ Felissa Rose, Actress/Producer/Scream Queen - Sleepaway Camp.

The year is 1979. A small New York town prepares to welcome the fall season in all the expected ways: young children bicker and boast over Halloween costumes, secret lovers meet in clandestine corners, and a tortured soul plots wicked deeds. All the while, hidden just out of view, patient and hungry… an ancient evil lurks.

Welcome to Garrett Grove, an unassuming community nestled within the foothills of the Watchung Mountains. The very definition of “Everytown, USA”, it is a largely self-contained municipality, most of the residents on a first-name basis. An almost postcard-perfect location.

For ten-year-old Troy Fischer, eagerly awaiting the thrills of Halloween, autumn is his favorite time of year. This spooky season looks to be the best one yet - he has caught the eye of the new girl at school, and the haunted attraction he built in his garage, called Scream in the Dark, is guaranteed to have all of his classmates talking.

But something is happening to the children of Garrett Grove. A mysterious outbreak threatens the community, leaving a handful of doctors and the town’s sheriff desperate to find the source of the contagion before it is too late.

Scream in the Dark is the first installment in The Ojanox series. It's a fast-paced, old school creature feature meets cosmic horror story, with an underlying coming of age element, full of in-depth character development, suspense, and terror.

Although there is a coming-of-age element, this book contains adult content and subject matter. Not intended for younger audiences. 

Endorsed by Scream Queen actress, Felissa Rose. ~ "The Ojanox is Phenomenal! There's a new voice in horror, and his name is Daemon Manx. ~ Felissa Rose, Actress/Producer/Scream Queen - Sleepaway Camp.

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A Note From the Publisher

The Ojanox is book 1 of a 4-book series, and contains scenes of descriptive violence and gore, adult themes, as well as sexual content. May not be suitable for all audiences and may contain other triggering elements as the world was a very different place in 1979.

The Ojanox is book 1 of a 4-book series, and contains scenes of descriptive violence and gore, adult themes, as well as sexual content. May not be suitable for all audiences and may contain other...


Advance Praise

“Every so often, a writer reads a tale that they wish they had written themselves. That’s how I felt with A Scream in the Dark, Book One in Daemon Manx’s The Ojanox series. Exciting, genuinely nostalgic, and scarier than hell! I can’t wait to get my hands on Book Two!” –Ronald Kelly, Author of Fear, The Essential Sick Stuff, and Southern-Fried & Horrified

"The Ojanox harkens back to the horror boom of the '70s and '80s, in a very good way. Manx has a knack for creating characters you'll love (or hate) and putting them through the wringer. His dialogue is sharp and storytelling gripping and fast paced. Now that I'm hooked, I need to read the rest!" – Duncan Ralston, Author of Woom and Ghostland

"In The Ojanox, Daemon Manx creates a community and cast of characters you feel like you know personally, like you’ve known them all your life. And when you lose one of those characters, you’ve lost one of your own. Manx makes you care and makes you hurt. The Ojanox is a masterclass on characterization." ~ Patrick C. Harrison III, Author of 100% Match and Grandpappy

“Written with beautifully descriptive scenes, The Ojanox places you directly into the quaint, small town of Garrett Grove during the Halloween season where everything is pleasant…until it isn’t. An ancient, dark entity is accidently excavated and escapes into the world with chilling results. The Ojanox is a fresh, original, plot-driven page turner that I couldn’t put down. I highly recommend it and am looking forward to Part Two of this excellent series.” – Jeani Rector, Editor of The Horror Zine

“Daemon Manx has wrapped up a delicious candy treat that you won’t be able to resist gobbling down, razor blades and all. Scream in the Dark will put you in the Halloween spirit no matter what time of year you read it. You’ll be holding out your plastic jack-o-lanterns for more!” — Jeff Strand, author of TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

“The Ojanox is a perfect first book in what is sure to be a stunning series. Small-town nostalgic perfection, this coming of age story is unlike any I’ve read before. Manx weaves his tale of terror through dynamic characters, brilliant dialogue, and a mounting dread that carries the reader from page to page, racing to the climatic end. The Ojanox is one to own, and Manx has proven himself one to watch.” –Candace Nola, author of Desperate Wishes 

“Written with beautifully descriptive scenes, The Ojanox places you directly into the quaint, small town of Garrett Grove during the Halloween season where everything is pleasant…until it isn’t. An ancient, dark entity is accidently excavated and escapes into the world with chilling results. The Ojanox is a fresh, original, plot-driven page turner that I couldn’t put down. I highly recommend it and am looking forward to Part Two of this excellent series.” – Jeani Rector, Editor of The Horror Zine

“In Garrett Grove, the time for evil has arrived, and in Scream in the Dark, Manx serves up scares like Halloween candy—the good kind, too…full-sized, nostalgic, and satisfying to the end.”—Gaby Triana, author of Moon Child; editor of Literally Dead: Tales of Halloween Hauntings

“Daemon Manx has proven in a short time, he is the real deal. The Ojanox: Scream in the Dark is the first in a series of four, where he showcases his skills at character development and world building. And he doesn’t mess around. This is a must-read series, and one of the best books I’ve read this year.” –Mike Ennenbach, author of Cuckoo

“Every so often, a writer reads a tale that they wish they had written themselves. That’s how I felt with A Scream in the Dark, Book One in Daemon Manx’s The Ojanox series. Exciting, genuinely...


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Featured Reviews

I just want to thank Daemon Manx for giving me the opportunity to ARC read this for him.

This book is powerful. It brought me back to when I just discovered horror and I honestly felt like I did when I first cracked open the tommyknockers way back when. Written with the nostalgic feel of the late 80’s early 90’s horror the Ojanox will be a best seller guaranteed.

Daemon brings edge of your seat suspense built into a sleepy little town where nothing bad ever happens. The Ojanox is just a Halloween tale or so you’re told. The week before Halloween, Hell quietly breaks loose in this peaceful town. Sudden illness, murder, and suspicious activity puts the local law and doctors into a frenzy. Follow multiple different POVs as you explore the town and see every side of the events that are wreaking havoc in Garret

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~ Fear seized him like a glacier, as if he had been plunged into a bath of ice water. It wrapped around his heart and threatened to stop it where he stood. It was evil, and it was only a stone’s throw from his doorstep. ~

Special thanks to @daemonmanx for giving me a chance to read this gem early on. 🩷

𝔉𝔬𝔯 𝔣𝔞𝔫𝔰 𝔬𝔣 :
🎃 Halloween Vibes
🎃 Small Town Mystery
🎃 Campfire Ghost Stories
🎃 Creature Feature
🎃 Cosmic Horror
🎃 Body Horror par excellence

𝔚𝔥𝔞𝔱 𝔦𝔰 𝔦𝔱 𝔞𝔟𝔬𝔲𝔱?
The year is 1979 around Halloween in Garrett Grove, a small New York town that prepares to welcome the fall season. But in the midst of haunted houses, orange leaves and teenage romance, an ancient evil awakes and with it a strange sickness with horrible consequences.

𝔚𝔥𝔞𝔱 ℑ 𝔱𝔥𝔬𝔲𝔤𝔥𝔱::

This book has it all! Short chapters, several interesting characters with unique stories, Halloween Vibes, Fall Atmosphere, body horror...and I could list so much more.

I loved the small town atmosphere and how this dark mystery affected Garrett Grove as a whole in unique ways. We had a team of doctors trying to find the cause for a truly disturbing sickness that made me whisper "oh my fu**ing god" several times, cops who worked on an eerie case and teens who were at the wrong place at the damn wrong time. Also there was one aspect that's literally my worst nightmare. 😰

I don't want to take anything away but this is SUCH a promising first book in the series and I honestly can't wait to read the other three. If you want to be disturbed but also fascinated and could celebrate Halloween every day of the year, this will be a winner for you! 🎃

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I have read several other books by this author, and I am never disappointed. When he reached out to ask me about reading this book, I instantly said yes!

Scream in the Dark is a new series from the very talented, Daemon Manx. The story begins around Halloween of 1979. The town of Garrett Grove, a small New York town, is all a buzz preparing for the holiday. Troy Fisher is just a regular 10-year-old kid who loves scaring his friends. He and his best friend Rob came up with the idea of building a haunted attraction in Troys garage, they named it, Scream in the Dark.

At the same time a group of teenagers are up at the local abandoned sanitorium looking for a place to party when they realize they are being tracked by something. Something they cannot fully see, something old, and evil. Something that was recently released from deep in the earth after some digging at the quarry unearthed an ancient burial ground.

Suddenly, the town is almost overrun with a mysterious contagion. Several children and adults have taken ill and the towns sheriff is tasked with trying to find the source. The Ojanox. What is it? Where did it come from, and will the people of this quaint New York town survive?

There is nothing bad about this book that I can say. The storytelling is so intense, it just sucks you in and you will not want to put it down. The characters are well written, the pacing is spot on and the descriptions will keep you interested until the very last word. I am very much looking forward the next book! I cannot come soon enough!

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Garrett Grove is a beautiful community getting ready for Halloween. Then children start getting sick. Something evil is awake, and it is hungry. The evil is spreading. Full of amazing characters, you grow to love a few you hate. Lots of moments that build dread. It is a beautifully written novel of horror. It's a not to be missed read.

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This story hit the nail on the head for spooky retro vibes. I was swept up in the narrative and descriptions, feeling nostalgia for a time I haven’t even lived (90s baby here).

The author does a great job with the characters and the creature, creating a lot of anxiety and tension for the readers as we see what’s starting to unfold.

Something has awoken in the mountains of Garrett Grove. An insidious and intelligent presence is targeting the townsfolk; no one is safe, not even the children. As Halloween approaches, will there be anyone left to celebrate, or will there only be screams in the darkness as people are taken.

I was a bit bummed about the cliffhanger ending if I’m honest. I felt like things had just amped up and wham! It’s over! At least the next book in the series is available soon, because if you’re like me, things ending abruptly drive me batty! I need answers 😆

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WOW! I just loved this story. Set in 79 in a small town in New York (just like the one I grew up in - without the monsters, of course). I was really taken back in time and understood how disturbing all this was for a small town. The ending came on fast, and I can’t wait to see how the series continues, as I have a lot of questions.

Thanks to Daemon for the ARC!

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It’s been a long time since the premier book of a series has left me THIS hungry for more, but Daemon Manx has done it with The Ojanox I: Scream in the Dark. The way Manx paints his characters history and personalities is reminiscent of what first drew me into Stephen King’s work years ago. The attention to detail and flow make a seamless transition from the beautiful forward into the streets of Garrett Grove 1979. The horror The Ojanox bring to Garrett Grove are numerous and written in a delicious, visceral way. I loved the rich backstory we get for the characters in the town, but now I’m desperate to learn more about The Ojanox!! I feel like I’m already excited for my first re-read of this entire series because it’s a world I won’t give up easy!

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Cosmic horror is a genre that is not easily written or portrayed. The horrors in the tales often include those that can not be seen or are hard to describe/comprehend. Having said that, let me say that Daemon Manx got it right in The Ojanox I: Scream in the Dark! The story begins on Halloween in 1979 which, right away, increases the creep-factor of the whole setting. The small New York town in which The Ojanox takes place is rocked by the strange occurrences that begin on this night. From illness to missing bodies, and supernatural creatures to maniacs in the making, this book has everything you could possibly want in a cosmic horrorfest! Never once did I get bored with the filler in between the action because it is all important to the plot and kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters are well rounded and each story line that will, at one point, culminate into an unbridled, knotted chain of chaos, is written in such a way that it is easy to keep up with the side stories and the main one without getting too lost in all the madness. I am really looking forward to the next installments and I am looking forward to becoming increasingly fearful of the The Ojanox!

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Creepy and very entertaining.
Daemon Manx is one of my go-to Horror writers.
Cannot wait for the rest of the series!

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The Ojanox is a horror like horror should be. It’s creepy and slowly crawls into your mind.
The whole host of characters are coming into full blown beings. The shadow I’m sure is going to be a full on nightmare.
This is just the first in the series! I’m on edge waiting for the others.

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This was a great start to the Ojanox series, it had that horror element that I was looking for. The characters were what I was looking for and enjoyed from the overall feel of them. It worked with everything that I wanted and thought the world was really well done. It left me wanting to read the next chapter in this series as I really enjoyed the way Daemon Manx wrote this.

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Thank you NetGalley and Daemon Manx for kindly providing an ARC.

Such a fantastic debut to this series!

The year is 1979. The location: Garrett Grove, a small town in New York near the mountains. On the brink of Halloween, an ancient evil awakens and begins targeting the townsfolk.

I loved the Halloween vibes first and foremost. Really transports you back to your childhood. I also really dug the variety of horror on display: everything from cosmic to body horror. Some of these scenes will forever stay seared in my brain!!

Cannot wait to read the sequel!!

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love books that are set in small towns, having grown in one during the 90s - which was not far from when the events of THE OJANOX 1: SCREAM IN THE DARK took place. Unsurprisingly, I have taken to this one immediately. I don't mind that there were quite a number of people to take note of - how they are related to one another (quite like a bird's eye view of the town) along with some of their backstories (a more personal view, like trailing them for a documentary) - as it is quite the norm in places like this. At some point, they just started to seem like old friends (Well, most of them.). I felt their anticipation for Halloween at the beginning of the book, and I felt their fear once an unknown horror started rolling in. The pace was good, and the open ending felt right to me. This is an exciting start to a 4-book series, and I am eager to read the next one!

Thank you to Daemon Manx and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book, I appreciate it very much! I highly recommend it to people who want to try reading horror for the first time.

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This definitely makes me want to come back to finish the rest of the series. The monster at the heart of this one is bonkers and scary as all get out. Great nostalgia vibes and a cast of interesting characters make this a fun horror show.

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I really love it's vintage feel, especially since it takes place during Halloween. This adds to the creepy atmosphere. The Ojanox causes so many types of horror. What happens to the children really got to me. I definitely understood the parents' fears and anxiety. I really enjoyed all of the characters and each felt distinct. The cliff hanger was excellent. I can't wait for the next one!

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