Not my favorite horror short story collection I enjoyed Neil Gaiman s story Murder Mysteries I think that was my favorite of the collection King s Rainy Season and Simmons River Styx Flows Upstream were also gems I enjoyed Lansdale s story and Branham s story regarding Heaven both had uniue characters even though not uite typical horror stories There were uite a few stories that I didn t enjoy so kind of neutral on recommending the book A mostly good set of horror short stories with some stinkers in the bunch I had never heard of the publication Midnight Graffiti before but I wish publications like it existed now I m kind of sad this set ended actually I was really enjoying reading thisMy five star favorite stories from this set include Rainy Season Stephen King Say Hello Mr uigley J Michael Straczynski Emerald City Blues Steven R Boyette Bad Guy Hats David J Schow Rant Nancy A Collins Murder Mysteries Neil Gaiman Where I Shall Dwell in the Next World Harlan Ellison I picked this up because it had two of my favorite authors in it Stephen King and Joe Lansdale King s story is great It s that genre of a small town with a secrettradition and what happens when outsiders get in If I toad you I d ruin it As for Lansdale well I didn t like his entry It ust didn t work for me but I still love him The other stories run the gamut You ve got a weird story with Oz in it a midget with a crack head and frog rain I really liked Say Hello Mister uigley and Bad Guy Hats I couldn t stand Sinus Fiction and in fact did not finish it Still Rainy Season is my favorite and I m glad I read this To me the measure of a good story is that it stays with you That doesn t have to mean in a pleasant way Some stories are not pleasant and are not designed to be That said I think it is important to bear in mind that some people can find stories that are designed to be pleasant unpleasant The intention of the writer must always contend with the prismatic mind of the readerI read Midnight Graffitti around the time it came out twenty years ago To this day I am still haunted by Emerald City Blues Bad Guy Hats
and murder mysteries what i saw there turned Murder Mysteries What I saw there turned in ways that I am still processing even after all this time I think of them at least once a week on the norm and than that if I am writing something of my own and looking for the vibes I picked up from those stories to share now with my readersThese stories are good but than that they manage to be good in short story form To me a short story is the euivalent of a mic drop after saying something perfect to an audience They are an elusive art form in our mad world of consumerism where MORE is always deemed BETTERThe inky kisses pressed between these pages are dark intense brief and memorable Taste them for yourself Some of the stories in this anthology are GREAT Some are horrible If you can find a copy I recommend it though I m a big fan of Horror anthologies and this is one of the best I ve ever read From the terrific introduction by the editor to the last page it was very satisfying The stories range in intensity from the sheer grit of Bad Guy Hats to the uirky Bob the Dinosaur Goes to Disneyland There is something in here for everyone Everybody gets a chance to be scared by something in here all bases get covered I m not giving this book 5 stars only because of the stories I didn t really enjoyed that much There were some stories that I ust wanted to read as fast as I could to move on to the next one I didn t skip them only because of my OCDOverall it s a great collection though amazing characters great
STORYTELLING I LIKED THAT SOME OF THE CHARACTERS WERE I liked that some of the characters were ordinary people and others amazing beings These are my favorites
I Would Read Them Over And Over AgainRainy Season Say would read them over and over againRainy Season Say Mister uigleySinus Fiction Bad Guy Hats I Want to Get Married Says the World s Smallest Man Rant Murder Mysteries The River Styx Runs Upstream Dark Embrace I wanted to like most of the stories in this book I really did However a lot of them were filled with graphic horror which isn t something I like to I used to read a lot. With stories by Stephen King Harlan Ellison Dan Simmons David J Schow Nancy Collins Neil Gaiman and othersCONTENTSIntroduction by Jessica HorstingRainy Season by Stephen KingSay Hello Mister uigley by J Michael StraczynskiSinus Fiction by Gil LamontEmerald City Blues by Steven R BoyettCattletruc.
FREE READ ã INTERNET-GAMES.US ´ Jessica HorstingN it reprinted in at least three other volumes including the lackluster Splatterpunks II which in terms of seuels goes over about as well as Gremlins 2 Rather shockingly Neil Gaiman who I usually couldn t care one way or the other about actually has one of the few worthwhile reads within with Murder Mysteries a roundabout indictment of God s alleged Master Plan and borrowing heavily from the once popular mythos of something referred to as heaven and angels Sadly of the nineteen stories collected herein these are the only five I d even care to bother with again As for the other fourteen stories generally weak Some of them are decent the Gil Lamont yarn Sinus Fiction begins promisingly until falling apart in some misunderstanding between the sexes codswallop and the usually reliable Dan Simmons and Harlan Ellison both offer up stories which are well below their standard with The River Styx Runs Upstream and Where I Shall Dwell in the Next World
Respectively This Might Be The Lowest Point Of The BookThis might be the lowest point of the book two authors expected to deliver the big lowest point of the book two authors expected to deliver the big are poorly represented After that the remainder is really bad very short tales Cattletruck by Cliff Burns and Salvation by Lawrence Person are both rather pointless and lame while striving to be meaningful and thought provoking and Joe Lansdale s attempt at comedy with Bob the Dinosaur Goes to Disneyland falls flat Somewhere in the middle David Schow tries to shock with the pseudo hardcore borderline tortureporn story Bad Guy Hats and Rex Miller bored the tits off me with his zombievoodooghetto life tripe Spike Jones and the Reverend Sister Claudine RV Branham is generously allowed to contribute two pieces of garbage with The New Order 3 Moral Fictions and Heaven Heaven is a Place and to conclude this parade of mediocrity co editor James Van Hise stinks it up with the dawdling vampire tale Dark Embrace Let s not forget to hand out the Suck Ass award for the Worst Story Within for this anthology and the nominees are Emerald City Blues Steven Boyett The author uses the time honored crutch of borrowing established characters the inhabitants of Oz and endlessly perverting their well intentioned natures only to have them caught up in a boneheaded nuclear catastrophe Heaven Heaven is a Place RV Branham Both of Branham s stories sucked but
him to dominate at is unthinkable even if that something is having the most shitty stories included in this colelction so I had to flip a coin to determine which travesty got a shot at the honors The Domino Man Phil Tiso This story absolutely blows Years of abusing inhalants couldn t possible do the damage that this alleged story manages to do in a few ridiculous pages even with the women cooing Mmmmm for their cherished Domino Man And the winner is The Domino Man It did not make me go Mmmmmm Why haven t I mentioned Blue on One End Yellow on the Other by KW Jeter You don t want to know trust meI don t think that the Anthology Experiment went over too well back to reading something slightly worthwhile maybe some letters to the editor from back issues of Club if I can manage to pry the pages apart somehow Reprinted from the pages of the magazine Midnight Graffiti comes this spine chilling collection of stories of horror and terror from the most acclaimed masters of the genre These 20 tales include some of the most gripping fiction I ve ever encountered Consider for example David J Schow s Bad Guy Hats a detailed study of intraspecific predator prey relationships and social ecology that will have you scrutinizing even the kindest seeming of people with suspicion for years to come Or Stephen King s Rainy Season first published in this collection a tale of small town s and a warning to travellers that even the most picturesue of towns may turn out to be lethal traps Or Dan Simmons The River Styx Runs Upstream a story of resurrection with a ghastly difference Midnight Graffiti offers these and 17 stories that will curdle your blood Caution Do not read at night And be sure to sleep with a nightlight on after reading the stories in this collection. Ow on the Other by K W JeterThe Domino Man by Phil TisoThe New Order 3 Moral Fictions by R V BranhamMurder Mysteries by Neil GaimanHeaven Heaven Is a Place by R V BranhamWhere I Shall Dwell in the Next World by Harlan EllisonThe River Styx Runs Upstream by Dan SimmonsDark Embrace by James Van Hi. .Allowing Him To Dominate At
Of anthologies and since I ride the train daily I figured maybe I should resume this habit seeing as that 15 50 page stories are perfect for my rides to and from work and for my crappy lunch break where I have nothing better to do than sit on a cold metal bench alone smoking and reading occasionally interrupted by shoving some food down my gullet I briefly perused my anthologies one morning after making the decision to start re reading these oft ignored volumes and immediately knew which one I would kick this endeavor off with Midnight Graffiti the perfect choice for a lifelong poseur and elitist prick Just knowing that this was tucked away in my laptop bag brought back a flood of memories from my angst ridden high school days pitifully eking out an existence as the typical underachieving uninspired white kid in Suburbia USA I recollected how I d spend my idle time not building beeramids not laying the wood to some skank by ignoring the whims of my folks and sitting back smugly contented that I was reading Midnight Graffiti while all those other chumps were busy actually reading garbage assigned to them by some nimrod or another They could blissfully continue to struggle through oyless slop like Dickens I was getting a little taste of Harlan Ellison Dan Simmons J Straczynski and Nancy Collins
Could I possibly be any slick digging the cutting edge of contemporary fare while my foolish conformist peers wastedI possibly be any slick digging the cutting edge of contemporary fare while my foolish conformist peers wasted time scrutinizing some 100 year old irrelevant piece of shit Well I certainly didn t think it was possible I hunkered down in the uncomfortable confines of the stairwell in my usual train car to distance myself from the bustling cretins of the world and whipped the relic known as Midnight Graffiti out Here it was tangible proof that not only do I kick ass but have been kicking ass since back in the day Just look at the cover of the book with that badass Giger work adorning the cover Wait a second that s actually pretty crappy if Giger committed this abortion he d have set it aflame before it could leave his premises and tarnish his reputation So what the hell is that flabbergastingly poor work It turns out that the cover illustration is actually by some total fraud named Martin Cannon Ma mre m'a tu - Survivre au gnocide des Tutsis au Rwanda just some unfortunate slob without an original style of his own proving he s capable of producing something as derivative as possible of the style of Giger sans talent This was perhaps the first thing I noticed as I sat down to read the book and this wasn t very promising Come to think of it there must have been a pretty good reason to uit reading anthologies in the first place right Midnight Grafitti is uite possibly that reason I ll try to start with the positives mainly because that really isn t going to take very long Like many earlymid 90 s anthologies see Shock Rock Prime Evil and Night Screams from my small sample alone the ever present Stephen King has a seldom published contribution in Midnight Graffiti and editors Jessica Horsting and James Van Hise unwisely decide to shoot their wad immediately out of the starting gate by opening it up with Rainy Season While I don t personally consider this a very good sampling of King I can understand why they might use this almost anything else The King has written would blow all other entries so far out of the water that you couldn t realistically expect anyone to read beyond the first story Following King s lead J Michael Straczynski does a pretty goodob clearing the relavtively low bar which has been set with Say Hello Mister uigley which doesn t really break any new ground with the creepy doll comes to life and menaces somebody plot but at least managed to hold my interest Also managing to entertain was John Shirley s I Want To Get Married Says
The World S SmallestWorld s Smallest which chronicles the disastrous love life of a little person following in the footsteps of the esteemed Herve Villachaize and Rant by Nancy Collins which I ve always liked due to its complete intolerance madness and otherwise nonsensical nature Granted Rant has lost some of its luster of the years probably because I ve see. K by Cliff BurnsBad Guy Hats by David J Schow'I Want to Get Married' Says the World's Smallest Man by John ShirleySpike Jones and the Reverend Sister Claudine by Rex MillerBob the Dinosaur Goes to Disneyland by Joe R LansdaleSalvation by Lawrence PersonRant by Nancy A CollinsBlue on One End Yell.