The Night Walk Men

Rated 4.96/5 based on 26 reviews
Three-year old Gabriela plays with her twin brother on a train platform. Blind sax man, Braille the Rail, meets with an old, old friend. The earth rumbles beneath them all: the promise of an approaching locomotive. Now, two mysterious strangers, both of them acting in the interest of an otherworldly sense of duty, will decide their fate over a cup of tea.
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Words: 8,860
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452365091
About Jason McIntyre

Born on the prairies, Jason McIntyre eventually lived and worked on Vancouver Island where the vibrant characters and vivid surroundings stayed with him and coalesced into what would become his novel, On The Gathering Storm. Before his time as an editor, writer and communications professional, he spent several years as a graphic designer and commercial artist. Jason is the author of more than two dozen short stories, several novellas and full-length fiction.

Currently, Jason is at work on new novels and stories in the Dovetail Cove world -- companion books to BLED and SHED.

His latest full-length novel, THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND, is out now!


The saga began with The Night Walk Men, the #1 Kindle Suspense novella by Jason McIntyre. Now it continues with The Devil's Right Hand. And a war is brewing.

Meet Benton Garamond. He's lost. He careens through the wet streets of downtown Vancouver on a collision course with a dirty lawyer named Levy Gillis. He wants something from Gillis and he aims to get it.

Meet Donovan Lo, former drug kingpin and not bad with the ladies if you ask him. He's in hiding and has a plan to leave his empire for good. But something -- and someone -- aims to put a bullet through his last big score.

Now meet Sperro. He has a lot to say about his job, about Benton Garamond and about Donovan Lo. Sperro will be your tour guide.

"We are Night Walk Men, imbued with the lives of at least ten men, and we walk among you like a blur, unseen but often sensed or smelled like pollen in the air when you can't see flowers--or the tingle you get when the hairs on your neck stand up.

"If you hear footsteps on the parched earth behind you, or if dry autumn leaves scrape concrete with a breeze, that's most likely one of us, walking just a little ahead or just a little behind. If it's dark and you climb into your car and for once--for no reason at all--wonder why you didn't check the back seat for strangers, one of my brothers is mostly likely back there as you drive off.

"We are everywhere at once and nothing can stop us. We are Death incarnate, walking under long robes of black and chasing down the winds to read from a discourse that may be the last words you'll hear..."

Be prepared to shake The Devil's Right Hand.

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Review by: Mike White on May 30, 2017 :
This story is certainly different in terms of the subject matter and the layout, and it has a sparse and appealing writing style that makes it very readable.
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Review by: dawna jicha on Jan. 16, 2013 :
This was the first work I read by Jason McIntyre and it was enough to have me hooked on his writing! The story is not overly dark but you have a sense of foreboding throughout. It really does draw you in from the first sentence. It is slightly otherworldly but definitely not unbelievable. Amazing is what i call it. When i finished, I went and added ALL of his works to my wish list then bought them each as i could. He is THAT good. A star on the rise!!!
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Review by: Robert Zimmermann on Dec. 17, 2012 :
The Night Walk Men was able to hook me in, in one of the strangest ways a book can. It's a novella written for the most part in the 2nd person point of view. This is a MAJOR turn off for me. I don't like being talked at from what I'm reading. But this style works very well for how McIntyre is setting up the story. When some authors will just have a narrator that said you a lot and doesn't actually include the reader in the story, the narrator of The Night Walk Men interacts with the reader. It may not be a reaction to exactly what the reader is thinking, but when that happens it made me think about things again. It brought attention to make things.

Getting me hooked on a novella in this POV is a feat in itself. The subject matter was another great element. The world build in this novella was interesting to say the least. The mythology of these Night Walk Men puts the world and how it works into a new perspective. It's not just an entertaining read. The literary element of this novella pushes it passed the realm f pure entertainment.

I've read Kro, a short story that is set in the same world as The Night Walk Men, and I've enjoyed that one as well. Where that story grabbed me in more of a "what's this all about" way, this novella answered my questions from Kro while weaving its own intriguing story and then making me want to continue finding out more about the story line to come.

There is a new novel out, that The Night Walk Men and Kro are both connected to, called The Devil's Right Hand. There's no doubt in my mind that I will be reading that one. McIntyre has grabbed me as a fan.
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Review by: Lori Meckley on Sep. 18, 2012 :
I listened to the audio even though the author was kind enough to offer both the book for download as well as the audio. I was curious to hear vs read this time. The voice (not sure if this is the author himself or someone else but the reading is awesome. Very eerie and my favorite part which made me jump for some reason was the opening in part 1 where he says "More people die when it's raining" I often wondered about that but hearing it while "just" talking about weather was a great opener.

Part 4 - Braille the rail was hands down my favorite of all 5

"Come sit and drink tea with me while I tell you your lot" If only Alice had her tea party with Hatter while on a train, ah yes that is where my mind took me. Perhaps they could invite Obo the Hobo to ride the crazy train too?

What can I say new about Jason McIntyre's writing that I didn't mention in my first book review, I think each time I read something my level or mind set of the dark, the mysterious, creepy visions or just the eerie feel goes up a notch.
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Review by: chickrocking on June 22, 2011 :
This is my first book by John MycIntrye. It makes me want to read more of his writings.

The layout of the story was something that is not always seen. With it being told a character in the book it has a totally different feel than most books.

It captures you from the start. You want the story to go on forever. When you come to the end you crave more pages to read and more words so excellently written.

Great book to pick up to give you a taste of MycIntrye's books. Very glad I did. Would recommend this book to my family and friends without a second thought.
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Review by: Darcia Helle on May 30, 2011 :
I want more! I loved this story and would like to double my star rating. The Night Walk Men is short but don't let the length fool you. The substance packed into this novelette is astounding. This story is dark, yet full of hope; obscure, yet enlightening. As always, Jason McIntyre paints a portrait with his words. His imagery is perfection and will haunt me for some time in ways both wondrous and disconcerting. I hope to see more of The Night Walk Men soon!
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Review by: John Peters on May 29, 2011 :
Very well-written story, although more literary than thriller/suspense. The style is almost biblical at times. I found myself skipping a lot.
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Review by: Ravin Stark on May 22, 2011 :
This book is amazing! I want to know more. I want the story to never end. This is a must read for anyone that loves other world stories. do yourself a favor and read this, and then ask the author for a sequel.
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Review by: Kimba McMichael on March 26, 2011 :
I loved this book. The Night Walk Men is seriously one of the more conflicting stories Ive read. It is fast paced yet telling an age old story. It is seriously dark, with a goth/comic book feel to it, yet some of the most beautifully written lines Ive ever had the pleasure of reading. The characters are extremelly strong,and yet again, McIntyre is able to build them within the constraints of a short story. The story makes me itch to draw...with lots of blacks and greys... I am surprised to be writing this, but The Night Walk Men might be my favorite just because of the contradictions. If its not my favorite its a close second to On the Gathering Storm. Or Thalo Blue. I would suggest reading The NightWalk Men to sample the intricate style and beautiful flow of Jason McIntyre's storytelling voice. He is truly a master storyteller with a contemporary edge.
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Review by: Maria Savva on Feb. 24, 2011 :
A story told as if someone is relaying a secret, like being let in on inside information. A compulsive read. A story about loyalty, duty, friendship, life, and death. Do accidents ever happen, or is everything just a part of a bigger plan? You must read The Night Walk Men to find out...
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: lou Pendegrast on Feb. 08, 2011 :
Well written and creative story, this is more a taster short story to something bigger to come The Night Walk Men are characters you want to here more of in the Death sense of things.
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Review by: jonathan prag on Jan. 23, 2011 :
Well - it's a challenge, I'll say that. The atmosphere created is unsettling and I didn't exactly like being in the position of having information promised then withheld. It makes you think because it isn't storytelling as we know it. Most uncomfortable. The writing is amazing - very fluent and literary and the writer has a unique imagination. Great stuff. Well done.
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Review by: Donovan Becker on Dec. 18, 2010 :
This was a very good short story, or collection of short-shorts, if you will. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Review by: Donovan Becker on Dec. 18, 2010 :
This was a very good short story, or collection of short-shorts, if you will. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Review by: Alicia Torrence on Oct. 25, 2010 :
So ODD! So mesmerizing! I had no idea where this was going.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sheri G on Oct. 20, 2010 :
I like all the pieces of the puzzle coming togehter. You're not sure how they all fit at first (ie the dogs, plus little Gabby, plus the Night Walk Men themselves) but by the end, you go Aha!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ang Bilke on Oct. 18, 2010 :
Cool as a cucumber, Sparrow is a know-everything SOB that you'll just love to hate.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Strange Love on Oct. 17, 2010 :
It's so different from anything else I've read. This comes from a strong narrator, a strong voice, and the story has a wide and arching journey though many different, intertwined bits. It's world-building and soul-crushing and the main character's persona is crystallized through each portal we look through. Well done!
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Review by: Blue Hoo on Oct. 13, 2010 :
Found this writer through Goodreads. What an exceptional world being developed. I hope the novels are as good as this story.
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Review by: S Loyes on Oct. 05, 2010 :
THE NIGHT WALK MEN is mesmerizing and I look forward to more stories from this dark world.
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Review by: Mark Jacobs on Sep. 06, 2010 :
Weird, eerie, and spellbinding stuff. Well worth reading! A story of great depth and meaning. Good job, Jason.
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Review by: artielange on Aug. 18, 2010 :
Watching this little girl's life hang in the balance is mesmerizing. I just didn't know where it would go.

I agree-this should be a series of stories with some more time spent on the mythology of the night walk men..and how their decisions are made.
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Review by: Shana on Aug. 12, 2010 :
Yes! I want to learn more about the Night Walk Men too, more about their world and this crazy place on the other side of the moon. There's a touch of the fantastical here but it's so grounded in the real world and that's what McIntyre does well in his other stories on Smashwords too. Crazy story. Just cray-zee!
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Review by: Stucky on Aug. 12, 2010 :
I would be interested in a series of tales featuring "Night Walk Men." It would probably make a good "Twilight Zone"-esque TV show if done right, too.
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Review by: Nathan Henrion on Aug. 10, 2010 : (no rating)
Finally came to me...the voice is reminiscent of the narrator from Dostoevsky's "Notes From Underground" with a twist of Neil Gaiman thrown in for kicks.
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Review by: Nathan Henrion on Aug. 10, 2010 :
Fantastic short story. Absolutely fantastic. It had a certain classic feel to the narration...can't quite place it right now...Gogol-esque perhaps. All I know is that it's past midnight because I couldn't stop reading it...and my head is swirling from the tale.

Do yourself a favor and download this...and be ready to digest it slowly. There are some great lines in this piece.
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Review by: Lisa B on Aug. 06, 2010 :
Weird! But in a good way. It plays with the narrative to the point where I was questioning the motives of the narrator and not sure if I should trust what he was telling me or call him a liar. It is very blunt! Being "talked to" like that in a story is different.

I can't get past the mental image I created in my own head of that little girl on the train track when she felt the rumble of the coming train. Good solid creation of the fear in my own head. Not many writers do that well without describing every tiny detail. This one gets it. Well done!
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