I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I just never get tired of short stories, especially those in the horror genre. Author Stephen Laws gives me many reasons to keep loving shorts in his latest anthology, THE MIDNIGHT MAN. Although some of these tales have been previously published, they are all full of terror and well-written. They are also chock-full of originality which, for me, is a huge plus. Basically, this is one solid collection that any horror fan will love.
If you’re not familiar with THE MIDNIGHT MAN, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Samhain Publishing:
A collection of chilling stories by a modern master of horror.
Stephen Laws has long been recognized as a master of the modern horror story. His tales have been included in many celebrated anthologies and “year’s best” round-ups. Finally his best short work has been gathered in one landmark volume. The stories in this terrifying collection range from the bone-chilling horror of “The Crawl” to the surrealistic “Yesterday I Flew with the Birds” to the beautiful, award-winning “The Song My Sister Sang”. Whether it’s traditional ghosts, gruesome shape shifters, or the psychological terror of a shattered mind, Stephen Laws demonstrates that his short fiction has the power to generate real fear. This book has been previously published, revised and includes new content.
There are many reasons to love this set of stories. They are diverse yet unyielding. They leave the reader with a sense of fulfillment, but many also chill to the very bone. Each one is carefully crafted and well thought out, with pure writing and elegant form. In short, this is one of the best horror anthologies on the market.
Laws does an excellent job of throwing terrifying scenarios at you with minimal prompting. THE MIDNIGHT MAN contains some truly horrific material, and I can honestly say I found myself cringing at certain things. This is a true testament to his writing, as I am a seasoned veteran to horror.
One of my favorite stories is “The Crawl”. In this story, a man and a woman are stalked relentlessly by someone or something that wants them dead. I can’t really divulge much more at the risk of giving anything away. But let’s just say this is a cleverly-crafted piece that you’ll definitely want to check out.
THE MIDNIGHT MAN is entertaining and scary, a collection I highly recommend adding to your library. Regardless of what kind of horror genre fan you are, I would wager there is something in here for you. The book is available now, so be sure and give it a look.