Night of the Prowler

Night of the Prowler by Jon Athan

Assist the customers. Stock the shelves. Sweep the floors. Take out the trash. Survive the night.

Zoe Doyle, an eighteen-year-old girl saving up for college and her first car, is working the night shift by herself at a secluded gas station for the first time. Her hopes for a normal night quickly diminish as she meets the local creeps, but she perseveres. Then she hears a news bulletin on a radio: A suspected serial killer undergoing a psychiatric evaluation has escaped from a nearby mental institution. Alone and afraid, her imagination runs wild.

Is he coming here? Did I already see him? Is he watching me now?—she thinks.

Unbeknownst to her, she’s correct. The hyperviolent serial killer known as the Prowler is heading her way… and he’s killing everyone in his path.

Jon Athan, the author of 2020’s Do Not Disturb, brings you a shockingly suspenseful and violent slasher inspired by the classics. Can you survive the night of the prowler?

WARNING: This novel contains graphic content. Reader discretion is advised.

The IndieMuse Review

Will Zoe be a final girl?

This is Jon Athan’s 49th published novel, and he has been called the American Matt Shaw due to the volume of work he produces and the depravity of his wicked imagination. Yes, like the ones before, this one is an EXTREME horror…and a homage to slasher movies and stories.

Zoe works at Hanson’s Fuel Center, in the middle of nowhere, and this is her first nightshift. Due to unforeseen circumstances, she has to brave this shift alone. Collin Schneider, who worked the dayshift, has a major crush on her, but is too shy to act on it. Zoe, with the sixth sense women seem to possess, knows about the crush, but she is a little grossed out by him and not interested.

Will Collin came back during her shift?

The serial killer known as The Prowler has escaped an insane asylum and is on a killing spree. He killed his own family—wife and kids—very sadistically and he is a man who likes to inflict pain and torture, without feeling any remorse.

Their paths are destined to cross.

With creepy customers and an overactive imagination, Zoe fears the killer is heading her way. And, she’s right.

What will happen when he comes for her?

Look, this story will be a blasts to those who are looking for highly entertaining, mindless slasher horror. Just don’t think any further about what is possible and realistic, eat your popcorn and enjoy the show. In fact, the final confrontation takes things so far it almost becomes silly.

Why almost?

Well, the things the killer does in this book—Just. Plain. Wow!

There is a scene of genital mutilation which will make the spit dry up in your mouth and make it difficult to swallow.

Also, one of the main reasons I am a fan of the extreme horror genre, is that all bets are off. There doesn’t have to be a formula to follow, the good guys doesn’t have to win, the hero doesn’t have to survive. It makes it one of the only genres where anything can actually happen and it throws predictability out the window.

Which brings me back to the question:

Will Zoe be a final girl?

I am rating this on entertainment value alone—like I said, this is not the type of story you want to analyze.

Well done, Mr. Athan.


Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

Curation Results: Night of the Prowler

Curator Notes: "Jon Athan delivers readers a smorgasbord of disgusting mayhem and sexual depravity in Night of the Prowler. It's a vintage slasher all-you-can-eat gorge fest full of fantastic perversions with the utmost respect for originality and creativity." —Deathdealer

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