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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
' "Do you Allnighters wanna take over the world or something?" "We just want to protect each other. From some very unpleasant possibilities. Read morePublished 17 months ago by New Grampa on Training Wheels
This short story is entertaining and unique. Although it is a little cheesy and garish, insomniacs will be able to relate.Published 20 months ago by amashopper
Very enthralling story about a group of people called The Allnighters, who have never slept because they don't need to. Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Crazie Betty
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 morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Traci Otte
Keeps your attention makes you want to keep reading until you finish the book. Definitely could keep the story goingPublished on March 13, 2013 by Todd Welter
This was a quick read. Not the best short I've read. It was engrossing and appealed to my insomniac tendencies. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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
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
This short story caught my attention from the beginning. It is very well written and seems just the right length. Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by Karlene McGowen
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