Midnight in the Graveyard Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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|Listening Length||14 hours and 39 minutes|
|Author||Thomas F. Monteleone, Kealan Patrick Burke, John Everson, Chad Lutzke, William Meikle, various authors, Kenneth W. Cain - editor, Catherine Cavendish, Kathryn Meyer Griffith, Ronald Kelly, Kenneth McKinley, Jason Parent|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 28, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #179,966 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#299 in Horror Anthologies & Short Stories
#657 in Ghost Horror Fiction
#1,225 in Literature Anthologies
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2019
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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....
Of those most memorable and at the top of my list:
Russian Dollhouse: unsettling, gory, scary, the best of the lot.
Join my Club: sad and moving, very short but unforgettable.
Haunted World (McCammon): great style and very unique premise.
None of the stories are poor, a very nice compilation and for me, an introduction to newer authors of this kind of story telling. 4.5 out of five.
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.