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Length: 21 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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"I may have found a new author that I have to read in the future."
"What a perfectly crafted short story."

Product Details

  • File Size: 128 KB
  • Print Length: 21 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smashwords; First edition (March 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U36DK4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,317 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I learned to write before I could crawl, and I'm still not sure which is the more useful skill.

Drawn to the seamier side of human nature, my focus in fiction has always been thrillers, where my feelings of betrayal, revenge, bitterness, greed, paranoia, jealousy and madness find a socially acceptable display case.

Though I believe the drawing power of fiction comes from a universal human craving for clarity, justice, and fairness (things that seem to exist outside our imagination sparingly and only accidentally), I haven't yet managed to write a happy ending.

Despite all this, I still can't imagine doing anything else with my life.

A native of Upstate New York, I now divide my time between Manhattan and rural Pennsylvania, which of course is not as good as multiplying it.

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I didn't mind paying to read "The Allnighter" (it's included in the short story volume "Confessions of a Velour-Shirted Man"), so I definitely recommend grabbing it while it's free!

While not my favorite piece from the collection, it does it justice as a sample of the style of material in the book.

All in all, a very cool short story that stirs a cocktail of psychology and biochemistry -- a surreal portrait of a man who doesn't understand why he's not quite human.

Oh, and there's a little dash of Greek tragedy thrown in for good measure.

What's interesting with "The Allnighter" is the emotional depth, rare for a horror or any alternate universe piece. And it's that aspect that makes the ending so chilling.

Highly recommended, as is the collection this story comes from... Confessions of a Velour-Shirted Man
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This was my introduction to Stuart Connelly and I look forward to reading more of his work. The author definately had something here, I just wish it was longer. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, the concept was great. I loved this story as it was but feel that the ideas were so good, such as imitating dreams, that it could have ended as a great novel instead of a short story. It was definately worth the download and I may have found a new author that I have to read in the future.
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What would you accomplish if you didn't have to sleep? What could it cost you?

This story takes us inside the life of a man who doesn't have to sleep. He's a doctor, but at night he fills time by driving a cab. While driving one night, he connects with another man who shares his trait and he is able to learn more about himself, including the dangers of never sleeping. It's a short story, so I don't want to give away too much. Connelly is a good writer and he is able to create a plausible story out of a unlikely situation. Like some of the other reviewers, I feel this could be a great novel and would enjoy learning more about the world of the "allnighters." I would definitely check out more work by this author, as it is well-written and imaginative.

The book could benefit from an editorial eye - there were a couple of instances of "you're" instead of "your." They looked like spellcheck issues, as the overall grammar was competent.
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I really liked this short story. Not really scary, just weird, thought provoking. Explores what would happen if you didn't sleep or dream. Pretty interesting stuff. Give it a try.
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They should do this as a movie. A man who's never slept discovers he's really part of a secret underground cult of humans who have never experienced the joy of a little shuteye. Kind of creepy. Nice writing. Would read more by this writer.
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This was a very enjoyable short story, and had a good character dialogue with a little bit of the fear factor that I wish the author would have expanded upon but, given the space constraints of a short story, probably could not. Actually, the more I thought about it, this could be the outline of a pretty good novel.

What I really liked was how the author was able to get you quickly involved in the head of the main character, which I think is hard to do given word constraints of the short story format. This was a good quick read during my lunch break, and if you have about 10-15 minutes to spare I'd recommend picking this one up.

I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to more from this author!
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A bit predictable and much too short! Almost as if the writer had a limited number of words and had to end it quickly. Certainly helped me breeze through my lunch hour though.
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This short story is deserving of so much more development than it has. The premise behind it is very good, and there are many morals to this story.

The main character is an 'Allnighter', meaning he never sleeps. He is introduced to a secret society of similar people, and he is told of the dangers of his condition. He fails to heed them, and he pays the price.

I would have loved to see all the places the author could have gone with this idea!
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