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Scaring the Crows: 21 Tales for Noon or Midnight [Kindle Edition]

Gregory Miller , John Randall York
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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    Book Description

    Tales for Noon:

    A piano reveals an old woman's youth. A time machine's lesson comes too late. Christmas trees save a lost soul's life. Ten million people live in one man's breath.

    ...Or Midnight:

    Murder returns to an infamous moor. Asylum workers find what is worse than insanity. A shunned grave's secrets gain fatal exposure. Nighttime terrors turn all too real.

    These and other stories comprise a compilation of bittersweet warmth and creeping horror, subtle illumination and dark vistas. Gregory Miller's Scaring the Crows is a genre-spanning collection of short fiction at its finest. Read it at noon...or midnight.


    Editorial Reviews

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    "A fresh new talent with a great future."
            --Ray Bradbury
     
    "Gregory Miller remains an effective writer with nuanced characterizations and eerily intriguing settings.  But mainly he has a wild imagination that takes you in unexpected directions."
            --Piers Anthony, bestselling author of the Xanth and Incarnations of Immortality series
     
    "Miller's writing seems to echo Ray Bradbury in some instances and Edgar Allan Poe in others. However, his prose is unique and his inventiveness truly hits the reader...Miller shines."
             --Austin Post
     
    "A master storyteller."
             --Laury A. Egan, author of Fog and Other Stories and Jenny Kidd

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1785 KB
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: West Arcadia Press; second edition (January 29, 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00I6MCPZW
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just Ghost Stories. A Very Fine Read November 25, 2009
    Format:Paperback
    This small book accorded me one of the most pleasant reading experiences of the last year or so. And don't think I'm damning it with faint praise using the word "pleasant." I'm not; I really liked this book. All parts of it, from its delightful front cover to the blurbs on the back. I've enjoyed it from the moment I took it out of the shipping envelope. I own an e-reader and I'd forgotten how pleasing the sight and feel of a real book can be!

    I don't know if it is a tribute to Mr. Miller's skills or those of his publisher, but it was doubly pleasant to come across a book with so few (I couldn't find any) misspellings or typographical errors. Good proofreaders do still exist.

    After babbling about the books foundation I want to quickly allay any angst the author may be suffering while awaiting my opinion. Although, after receiving favorable notice from so giant a figure as Ray Bradbury: "Gregory Miller is a fresh new talent with a great future." (the quotation is found on the front cover directly above the title but I can't get it to render), I can't imagine author Gregory Miller is on pins and needles waiting for this pigmy's appraisal. All I can do is agree with the great man: Gregory Miller does indeed have talent!

    The title of the book leads us to believe it is all ghost and horror stories; one look at the whimsical but controlled cover illustrations, however, immediately informs us that it contains elements bound to be more complicated than that. Dark yes, but varied enough to keep us interested; some stories are indeed ghostly, others poignant; yet others almost comedic. But dark; dark is still the operative word here.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous collection of stories November 23, 2009
    By fabre
    Format:Paperback
    I really found this collection of stories to be completely captivating. Ranging from creepy to uplifting, heartwarming to chilling, Gregory Miller has what they call "it" -- a natural story-telling talent which no one should miss. I read his novel Big Cicadas recently and found it equally polished and compelling. This man needs to be famous!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Stories to Ice Your Spine November 12, 2010
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Although primarily a horror/suspense collection, "Scaring the Crows" often crosses into traditional literary territory, with writing that is frequently fine and masterful. Greg Miller's book impresses with imaginative agility as it merrily, if not terrifyingly, hopscotches between unnerving stories such as "Arachno," a piece I shall not soon forget, and some beautifully carved, wistful stories such as "Birthday," which is based on the nostalgic wish "to go home again." Miller handles dialogue with natural ease and turns a story with equal facility. Many of the stories are very short--only a few pages--but they leave the reader with a large experience, though not every plot is tied neatly at the end--sometimes the reader is required to do a little welcome puzzling.
    Succinct and snappy descriptions abound:(from "Lorna Gould's Roses")"Well, the wife was fat and wore dirty shirts that said dirty things. And the husband swore enough to turn the grass black." Do we need to know more about this lovely couple? And from "Armistice Day:" "By day, the hollow was a dark place. By night, even by twilight, it was a living shadow, a force to ice his spine and darken his dreams." These stories will do both of these things as well as impart a sense of warmth and humanity so often lacking in this genre. --Laury Egan, author of "Snow, Shadows, a Stranger"
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    A truly enjoyable collection of diverse and clever short stories, ranging from the creepy to the darkly humorous. `The Hunt,' a highlight for me, is particularly intense and thrilling. I would pick up this book intending to read a single story at a time, but that never happened - the addictive nature of these tales kept drawing me back in for more!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great anthology for anyone who likes to read June 24, 2010
    Format:Paperback
    Mr. Miller choose to put together an incredibly diverse anthology. A majority of the stories are set in Pennsylvania, which I like because I've driven through the area at length. I know what he was talking about with the abandoned coal mines. However, Pennsylvania is also a gorgeous state to drive through. With all of the mountains, the horizon can be a beautiful sight for those willing to stop and appreciate it. He manages to catch both the hope and the desperation felt by the characters in his stories. Greg's writing is so heartfelt that there were a few stories that I'm not to proud to admit I teared up while reading them. But, not all of the stories were tear jerkers. Stories like "Arachno" and "Wolf Stone" are downright creepy. Again, what makes this anthology so unique is the fact that the themes of each story are so very different, but they all seem to flow so easily. It was an absolute pleasure reading every story. Some of my favorite stories of the bunch were "Goodbye, Friend", "All, Always" and "Come Spring" really got to me. That's not to say that I disliked any of them, these just seemed to really touch me... and not in a bad way. Sorry, I tried to keep it serious the entire time, but that's just not me. Great anthology. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading anything from any genre.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Loved it.
    Published 24 days ago by Linda Cornwell
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    If you like corny-scary fluff, this is for you. More of a children's book.
    Published 2 months ago by Angela Whetsell
    4.0 out of 5 stars Stories run the gambit from the melancholy of "Come Spring" to the...
    Title tale from which book got it's name "Scaring the Crows" was more suspenseful than anything, and then the collection of stories swung like a pendulum between subtle to... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Don Kidwell
    3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
    I enjoyed the short stories, however after reading Tales from Uncanny Valley I was a little let down. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
    2.0 out of 5 stars So-so
    Just okay. Could use better editing. A few stories were really good, a few were instantly forgettable, and a few were pretty blah.
    Published 5 months ago by Coleen Crunk
    5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
    This is the third book of short stories by Gregory Miller that I've read and I loved them all. I like short stories. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Ernest A. Thornberg
    3.0 out of 5 stars Some Really Scary
    A good variety. Some were very scary, but some seemed unfinished and left a little too much to the imagination.
    Published 6 months ago by L. J. M. Hawk
    4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky and spine tingling
    I enjoyed this book very much. I like short stories and there's many to choose from. I read the whole book a few stories one day a few the next and on until I read the last one. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Laurie Beth
    5.0 out of 5 stars Ate it up
    These stories are like candy, like chips, you can't read just one. I devoured them all in one sitting. Read them yourself and see.
    Published 7 months ago by Pam Fries
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Light Read
    I fell in love with Mr. Miller's tales of Uncanny, but this one leaves something to be desired after that read. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by ChunkyMonkey
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    More About the Author

    In 2008, Ray Bradbury wrote, "Gregory Miller is a fresh new talent with a great future." Miller was born in State College, Pennsylvania in 1978. Between October 2009 and August 2012, he published three books with StoneGarden Publishing: "Scaring the Crows: 21 Tales for Noon or Midnight," "The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town," and "On the Edge of Twilight: 22 Tales to Follow You Home." All received excellent critical recognition for small press publications, and several of the stories made Ellen Datlow's "Best Horror of the Year" lists for 2010 and 2011. In October 2013, "Scaring the Crows" and "On the Edge of Twilight" were republished by West Arcadia Press in a paperback omnibus entitled "Crows at Twilight." "The Uncanny Valley" was republished in both paperback and kindle form in January 2014. A novel-length prequel, "Darkness in the Valley," is currently in the works. All of the covers (and many of the interiors) of Miller's books are illustrated by artist John Randall York. A high school English teacher, Miller currently lives in Pittsburgh with his family. His website/blog is: http://authorgregorymiller.wordpress.com/


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