WAITING FOR MIDNIGHT
by Merrie Destefano
From the author of Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles comes a collection of 16 short stories, full of the rich prose and plot twists that have become Destefano’s trademark. Written to keep you reading all night long, this combination of short stories and flash fiction contains a ghost story, a werewolf story, and a science fiction story, as well as two stories that feature characters from her novels, AFTERLIFE and FEAST. This collection is approximately 70 pages long.
This collection of short stories is quite a diverse set with a variety of story-telling styles. There is definitely a theme that I cannot quite dictate. It is more a sense of foreboding that follows each of the stories throughout the collection, and many of the stories ended up being told from unique perspectives or having unique, mildly dark (without being graphic or scary) twists. These stories play up the psychological aspects more than anything else and that’s a win in my book.
I really enjoyed the overall tone of the stories in this collection. They were not ‘dark’ per se, but they definitely had a dark quality to them as there was mystery and paranormal aspects. There is no gore or what I would consider outright horror. Rather, the stories played upon intrigue, drawing in the reader by piquing their interest and offering them the opportunity to ask questions that they needed answers to.