- File Size: 471 KB
- Print Length: 234 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1537623222
- Publication Date: September 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M138CWZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My favorite of the tales was the second in the collection “I’m Still Alive” and I found it to be both compelling and chilling in its complex and well-crafted plot. No spoilers but the title of this work packs a punch at the end!
My only criticism would fall on the writing style which was at times overly wordy and a bit stilted. There was also a great deal of exposition and over description which at times slowed the pace of the story to a crawl and left the reader gasping for the next salient plot point.
I gave this collection four stars although it was close to a 4.5 – the other half-star was buried beneath the random formatting and typecase issues that marred the kindle edition that I purchased. Overall good show! Please do keep writing – a ‘full length’ novel would certainly be a pleasure to peruse!
As the book’s description indicates, Dead of Night is a compilation of Victorian era horror stories and it’s perfect for any fan of ghosts, ghouls, hobgoblins, and creepy-crawlies of all types. You will, among other things, visit with a werewolf, make a deal with the devil, and go for a chilling nighttime stroll with Jack the Ripper himself.
William Todd has a real knack for suspense and the sorts of plot twists you never see coming. I’d tell you more but I’ve already ventured too close to spoiler territory. In fact, I felt it necessary to say something deliberately misleading just to throw you off the scent. What do you suppose it was? Read Dead of Night, if you dare, and I’m sure you can figure it out.
WHITAKER HOUSE CURSE: Quite an interesting but also quite predictable story about making a pact with the devil. 2/5
IM STILL ALIVE: Gruesome tale about a man murdering his wife and the spirit that haunts him. 3/5
JACK: A tale about Jack the Ripper with an unexpected twist 4/5
THE THING IN THE SHADOWS: A dark tale about a father trading his torture and passing into his son with a demon trade. 3/5
BUMPS IN THE NIGHT: What keeps this daughter awake is screams and terrors of her father's making 3/5
ITS JUST JOHNNY: The shortest but creepiest of the stories based on the bogeyman under the bed being more than just that.
The book overall was very well written. Most of the stories have been based on older times and legends I have previously heard about. I don't get creeper out easily due to being a horror fan so it wasn't quite the scare factor I was hoping for. Saying that, it may be things of other people's nightmares. I would definitely read more from this author and hopefully will be more scared next time. Recommend to fans of horrors and short stories xx
Six strong and creepy tales of horror and the paranormal make up this book. It has topics ranging from werewolves to deals with the devil and haunting corpses. My favorite short story was Jack, a retelling of the classic tale of Jack the Ripper with a twist. With an author voice that can hold a candle to Edgar Allen Poe, Todd weaves these brilliant tales that will send chills down your spine and keep you up late into the night.
Recommended to everyone who loves a good scary story!
I love the Whitaker House Curse and felt like I was transported back in time. I highly recommend this book to everyone , even if it’s not normally the type you would choose , you will be pleasantly surprised.
I’m really looking forward to reading future books by W.R. Todd !