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Midnight in the Graveyard Audio CD – CD, October 27, 2020
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Midnight. Some call it the witching hour. Others call it the devil's hour. Here in the graveyard, midnight is a very special time. It is a time when ghostly spirits are at their strongest, when the veil between our world and theirs is at its thinnest. Legend has it, that while most of the world is asleep, the lack of prayers allow the spirits to communicate under the cover of darkness, among the headstones, their whispers rustling in the leaves of the old oak trees. But if you're here in the graveyard, you can tell yourself it's just the wind, that the moonlight is playing tricks on your eyes, that it's only the swirling mist you see. But when you hear the graveyard gate clang shut, the dead have something to say. Here are their stories
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About the Author
John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of nine novels of erotic horror and the macabre, including the Bram Stoker Award-nominated tour de force Nightwhere. John shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of fake skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, Alan Clark illustrations and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it's usually only to brew another cup of coffee.
Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the award-winning Boy's Life. There are more than four million copies of his books in print.
- Publisher : Spoken Realms and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (October 27, 2020)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1799960803
- ISBN-13 : 978-1799960805
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.6 x 1.1 x 5.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,266,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here's some of the standouts:
"Tug O'War" by Chad Lutzke. This is one of two tales that after reading them, I had to put the book down for a while. Lutzke's story is heartbreakingly sad, and the climax left me stunned. Absolutely stunned.
The other one that hit me really hard was the final story of the volume, "Portrait" by Kealan Patrick Burke. When I finished his tale, I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me and I just sat there in silence. Kenneth W. Cain, the editor, was smart in making this the last story of the anthology. It's a very fitting end to a great collection of tales, and I do recommend saving it for last. You'll see when you read it.
"The Glimmer Girls" by Kenneth McKinley reminded me of the old show, "Tales From the Crypt." When I got to the climax of that tale, I could almost hear the Cryptkeeper laughing in fiendish glee. Read it and you'll see what I mean.
If you like some real scares, "Russian Dollhouse" by Jason Parent will be right up your alley. In my opinion, it's the scariest in the book.
"New Blood, Old Skin" by Glenn Rolfe, oddly enough, might be my favorite of the collection. It's not the most powerful or the scariest tale here, not the hardest hitting at all, but it really resonated with me. I don't want to say anything else here, as I hate to give away anything from a story thereby lessening the experience; personally, it really spoke to me.
Those are just a few of what's great about this anthology. I can honestly say I enjoyed reading all the stories. I'm sure everyone who reads it will have their favorites, of course, but there wasn't a single bad or weak story here. I felt like I got my money's worth and then some. I recommend this volume to all horror fans.
Disclaimer: I purchased this book for my Kindle, but I also received an electronic advance release copy of the anthology, courtesy of Silver Shamrock Press, in exchange for an honest review. They gave me no monies or any other form of compensation for my review, and the opinions stated herein are my own.
With all that being said, there is not one story that I didn't like and all the stories gave me chills and thrills! Since all of the stories were excellent, I will just name a few here that I enjoyed without giving away spoilers of the stories:
Devil's Dip by Shannon Felton
Justin's Favorite by Jeremy Hepler
Drown by Hunter Shea
Those Who Are Terrified by Elizabeth Massie
Russian Dollhouse by Jason Parent
Sawmill Road by Ronald Kelly
The Graveyard by Lee Mountford
The Cemetery Man by John Everson
New Blood, Old Skin by Glenn Rolfe
Glimmer Girls by Kenneth McKinley
Ghost Blood by Kelli Owen
Swamp Vengeance by Brian Moreland
But all of the stories just swept me away and carted me off to a haunting world of horror, intrigue, suspense, mystery and a thrilling stay in the graveyard! Giving this awesome anthology five "ghostly" stars!
This one should be on your bookshelf or by your coziest chair, ready for those dark stormy nights when you're home alone....
I was excited for anything by Robert McCammon, but even his short story was disappointing.
I cant say any of the stories contained within piqued my interest or sparked any sort of emotion aside from boredom.
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I was not familiar with many of the authors, so I was happy to see a recap at the end of the book containing a brief biography of each writer, some including their website addresses.
Highly recommended !!!!!
As with any collection of stories, I had a few favorites, a couple that weren't really my type and quite a few that I really enjoyed along the way.
I would recommend for both short story and horror lovers.