- File Size: 1317 KB
- Print Length: 66 pages
- Publisher: Evan Camby; 1 edition (October 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O3R8B02
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Walking After Midnight: Tales for Halloween Kindle Edition
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The Halloween story is the last one in the collection and is appropriately titled “Trick and Treat.” In it, a woman who is home for her first Halloween in a new home finds herself the target of a couple of very persistent, seemingly otherworldly, trick-or-treaters. The hayride story, also appropriately titled “Hayride,” involves a family out for an autumn weekend jaunt who decide to go on an old-fashioned hayride, only to find that their driver has a lot wilder, and possibly deadlier, ride in mind.
The other four stories in “Tales for Halloween” involve other sorts of frights. The first story, “Hat Man, is a variant on the familiar Slenderman urban legend. A college student sees a mysterious man wearing a hat stalking her on multiple occasions and is convinced he wants to do her harm. “A Good Samaritan” is really just a piece of flash fiction, in which a couple debates stopping for a seemingly injured stranger lying on a deserted country road. You can guess whether that would be a good move on their part or not. The title story, “Walking after Midnight,” begins with a reunion of two long-separated high school chums who recall a late night visit they took to the local cemetery when they were kids and decide to return. You can probably also guess whether that proves to be a wise decision or not. Finally, in “Into the Abyss,” a group of tween girls trot out the old reliable Ouija board and get the old reliable horror story result.
The stories in “Tales for Halloween” are fairly short, so the author gets to the point fairly quickly in each one. She does a good job of establishing a creepy mood and making supernatural events seem plausible. I especially enjoyed “Hat Man,” which wisely kept the details of the urban legend sketchy enough so that readers get into the story rather than think about how it might be absurd. “Trick and Treat” also took a potentially absurd premise and tightened it up into a genuinely creepy read. The only time this tightened pace didn’t work was in “Good Samaritan,” the weakest story in the collection, which was over and done with too fast and whose punchline ending was a bit too obvious. The author does try to use twist endings in several stories, with mixed success. When they work, as in “Walking After Midnight,” they are quite effective. When they don’t, as in “Hayride,” they simply end a good story on a confusing note.
Overall, I thought four of the “Tales” were very good, one missed the boat, and one was let down by its ending. That translates into a four-star review. And, at under 70 pages for the entire collection, readers can easily get through it in a spare lunch hour or two, already broken down into individual chunks. Don’t be misled by the title; “Tales for Halloween” are entertaining at any time of the year.
The book is a quick read and while the stories won’t necessarily frighten you, they will certainly get you in the Halloween mood.
The first story is actually the weakest of the bunch on its own. It borrows too many images from Slenderman, Freddy Kreuger and Shadow People mythology without adding anything new. Even so, an anthology often works best as the sum of its parts and Hat Man, when viewed as part of the book as a whole, adds that essential “boogeyman” element to the Halloween season.
Who doesn’t love an autumn hayride? It’s an integral part of any trip to an orchard or harvest festival. Just make sure that the ride is actually supposed to be part of the attractions.
A Good Samaritan
Everyone knows someone, or knows someone who knows someone, who has met a person in apparent need on a lonely road and felt that creeping anxiety that something wasn’t right...
Walking After Midnight
In the titular story, a man returns to the small rural town he left many years ago. While reminiscing with an old friend, he gets an idea to visit an old, forgotten graveyard the two of them used to explore when they were kids. As they tromp through the old tombstones, they soon realize they are not alone in the dark. But it’s just the old sheriff giving them a hard time, isn’t it?
Into the Abyss
Ouija boards are just a goofy toy invented in the 1890s as a parlor game. Despite all the moral panic, a piece of cardboard with numbers on it and a little wooden planchette can’t actually summon spirits, can it? This is a story about Halloween, so no points for guessing.
Trick & Treat
Shelley loves Halloween (don’t we all?) Unfortunately she and her husband live way, way out in the middle of nowhere. Despite all her spooky decorations, no trick-or-treaters ever come. Until tonight.
Walking After Midnight is an eerie, quick read. An appetizer to get you ready for more as the days grow short and the wind starts to smell of autumn leaves.