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The Allnighter [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Connelly
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A man who's never had to sleep learns the consequences of defying nature...
Another short story from the surreal collection CONFESSIONS OF A VELOUR-SHIRTED MAN.

Editorial Reviews


"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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U36DK4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,655 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Dig The Twilight Zone... May 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be a great novel... May 15, 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great short story August 1, 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool story June 17, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of Fight Club June 4, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but.... September 7, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD SHORT STORY February 21, 2013
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This was a quick read. Not the best short I've read. It was engrossing and appealed to my insomniac tendencies. I love a well written short story and this one did not fail to deliver. I thought the idea had a lot more potential, though, so I couldn't rate it a perfect story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's about danger, Parker. The very real danger that goes with being...
' "Do you Allnighters wanna take over the world or something?" "We just want to protect each other. From some very unpleasant possibilities. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Don Kidwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept
This short story is entertaining and unique. Although it is a little cheesy and garish, insomniacs will be able to relate.
Published 12 months ago by amashopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting premise but would've enjoyed more details
Very enthralling story about a group of people called The Allnighters, who have never slept because they don't need to. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Crazie Betty
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to try harder to sleep. :)
I found this story while searching for insomnia books. I knew it was fiction but was intrigued by the title and description. The writing and the story both were really good. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Traci Otte
5.0 out of 5 stars Great body
Keeps your attention makes you want to keep reading until you finish the book. Definitely could keep the story going
Published on March 13, 2013 by Todd Welter
2.0 out of 5 stars so so
decent story with many typos... Connelly had a fresh idea but took a bit too long to get to the easily predictable ending.
Published on January 28, 2013 by kerry l murray
3.0 out of 5 stars ok if you like far out fiction
Not very believable, should have let the main actor get a little sleep once in awhile, probably why they call this fiction.
Published on January 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea...deserving of more
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. Read more
Published on January 7, 2013 by ReaderChick
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting short story
This short story caught my attention from the beginning. It is very well written and seems just the right length. Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by Karlene McGowen
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost
I enjoyed the whole story until the end. It's not a book but a short story with a lot of potential. The concept was a good one but was not well developed. Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

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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