The Sleepwalkers

Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb’s childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine’s long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an A.M. radio.

The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead.


“Gates attacks this horror thriller with admirable vigor and a strong sense of style . . . a work of notable ambition.”
– Booklist

“… a twisted horror tale…”
– Publisher’s Weekly

“The Sleepwalkers was one of the best horror novels I’ve ever read… period.”

“If you love a good scary book, one that will have you looking over your shoulder, read this book! …[Gates] captures readers with one word, and does not let you go.”
– Books With Bite

“…as soon as the mystery started I was desperate to get to the end and find out what was going on and stayed up later than I should… (I actually woke up still holding my Kindle up!)”
– Bookaholics Book Club

“Creepy, suspenseful, with a Stephen King like quality, J. Gabriel Gates’ “The Sleepwalkers” will keep you up all night, so enthralled you have to reach the end and too frightened to close your eyes and sleep. Utterly brilliant.”
– Skyla Hannah, NetGalley review

“Gates begins this YA novel with a sense of foreboding that carries through the rest of the story and leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire way. “The Sleepwalkers” is the perfect horror story to tell around a campfire or read on a stormy night—as long as you don’t forget to leave the lamp or flashlight on when you go to sleep.”
– Melissa Dalton for Suspense Magazine

“WARNING: You should sit with your back to the wall when you read this book as you never know what might be lurking in the dark behind you. Seriously this is one eerie book. I liked that this book was not your typical YA book that is being mass produced right now by every writer (vampires, werewolves and every other paranormal creature possible.) This is a dark horror story aimed at getting your heart racing and your fingers speed turning the pages …”
– Kerri Thomson, posted on and Look Another Great Book blog

“This would make a really, really creepy movie! It was well written, creepy and scary. I think people who enjoy horror movies will enjoy this book.”
– Michele Tolley, posted on and The YA Bookmark.

“I can’t wait to recommend this book to the teens who complain that there are no “scary” books and then dare them to go to bed with the lights off.”
– Priyanka Haldar, My World of Books

“This book dives right into the scary and just keeps it coming. From the very first chapter, Gates has you on the edge of your seat. I swear if I were watching this as a movie I would have covered my eyes. A good old fashioned horror novel that keeps you on your toes, keeps you guessing and then completely freaks you out.”
– Charlotte Glass, posted on

“This book left me feeling like sleeping with the lights on!”
– Erin Forson, and

“This is one of my favorite books of the year and I could not be happier to have found it. I can see this one becoming a fantastic horror movie. This book is a page turner. “
– Krista Mckeeth, posted on

“It’s rare you come across a YA book that can deftly manage the horror genre. Most attempts I’ve seen either go so far into gruesome details that they stretch into adult territory or they are so juvenile that no teen would want to read them. In this grey area – in between Goosebumps and Stephen King – there is an entire window of opportunity for YA authors but until Sleepwalkers, I’ve never seen it done. The characters balance each other perfectly with serious and comedic moments, the author gracefully balances suspense and horror with moments to sit back and take a breath to even your heart rate. This is a wonderfully done book and, honestly, fills such a hole for our library. I’ll be recommending this left and right to the teen boys (and the girls who prefer this type of novel) as it really is the only book of its type in this genre worth recommending.”
– Linda Green, NetGalley review

“I’m not one for mystery books or even scary books… but this book seriously hooked me from the very first page. Is Caleb bringing about the end of the world? And if so, can he stop it? Talk about not seeing that plot line coming. This book is perfect, amazing, wonderful. Get it, and read it!!!”
– Felicia Warren, NetGalley review

“Overall, this is one of the most chilling books I’ve ever read. With a writing style that reads like a poem and characters that are so fleshed out I cried with them and screamed with them and felt anxiety with them, The Sleepwalkers is sure to be a fresh book on the YA shelves!”
– Reading Writing Breathing Book Reviews

“There’s something quite refreshing about the way that Gates writes… it was a step away from the usual YA fiction. I would recommend this for readers aged 15+ who are looking for something more akin to classic horror tales. You won’t be disappointed! “
– Midnight Reads

“It is every bit mysterious, strange, dark and apocalyptic as it can get in one single story; that just goes to show the level of creativity and the hard work that went into incorporating all the elements and making it into one cohesive tale. The Sleepwalkers is a definite must read for any horror and paranormal reader who loves to be surprised.”
– Le’ Grande Codex

“Creepy. Just, creepy to a degree that I can’t express…Gorgeous, evocative writing brought the setting to life and kept me frantically turning the pages. Seriously, guys, this book tops my Awesome Gothic Creepfest list.“
– Kelly Rubidoux,

“Fantastic cover, characters, suspense, and the ending! A full 5 out of 5 stars!”
– Leslie Flynn

“…if you want something fun and different and something that will keep you on your toes then try this book, you won’t be disappointed.”
– Ali Spencer , posted on and Goodreads .com

“… I love “boy books” (books with cross-gender appeal, that is) and this is definitely one of them. We need more stuff like this on the YA market… The Sleepwalkers definitely puts the horror back in the supernatural subgenre. “
– Adria Alberico, posted on