Alone at Midnight Collection of Horror Stories Review
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MY REVIEW OF ALONE AT MIDNIGHT
ALONE AT MIDNIGHT
Biography of Scott Zavoda
I was born in Cleveland Ohio, tried to move away twice but the city kept sucking me back in. So here I am, family of four, an unbelievably motivating wife, and two lovely girls.
I used to hide Dean Koontz and Stephen King books inside my school text books . . . nobody knew or stopped me or said a teenager shouldn't read those things. I earned a D in English two consecutive years and nearly flunked a subject they used to teach called handwriting. And now I write. Can you believe it?
But people always loved my stories. In fourth grade they begged me to read one I'd written for a class assignment but I was too bashful to do it. I got The Young Authors Award in Elementary school for something I'd written, though I really didn't' care. I was just doing the stupid assignment.
***My Personal Review***
I have to say I LOVED this book! I love short stories and especially horror stories! They are so much fun to read, and the best part is you don't have to wait long to find out what happens :) My favorite story in this collection was "Flight Fright" - it had the best mixture of scariness and comedy. Every story has an afterword from Scott Zavoda and explains why he wrote that particular story and what the meaning behind it was. This brought the stories to life a lot more and really helped the reader understand WHY he chose to write each one :) Most short story collections don't have that so you never completely see the meaning behind each story or whether they come from personal experience or are completely made up. Each of Scott's stories seemed to have that "personal" touch from some event that had occurred in his life - and when it comes to horror the reality makes it that much more scary.
So at about 156 pages and 7 total stories it is easy to read a few a night, and believe me once you start it is SO hard to put it down - I was flying through the pages trying to find out what happened at the end! The short story "Bobby" tells the tale of a boy confined to a wheelchair without the ability to move at all, and his brother who is always there to help. This story really got to me because my daughter is also mentally disabled and the way the kids bully Bobby just struck at my heartstrings. It is hard for me to read stories like that, but I was touched by it nonetheless.
Alone at Midnight is available right now for just 99 cents on Amazon, so if you are a fan of horror or even NOT a fan of horror I think there is something in this book for everyone :) It is not full of gore and there is actually quite a bit of comedy mixed into the stories. So go grab a copy and give it a read! And when you are done PLEASE leave a great review for the author on Amazon, GoodReads, and B&N :) And don't forget to like his Amazon page!
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