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Nocturnes (Charlie Parker #4.5 included)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,856 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Folgen Sie ihm in die Dunkelheit: Thrillerautor John Connolly nimmt uns mit auf eine Reise zum Bösen und Übernatürlichen. In zwölf unheimlichen Erzählungen erforscht er unsere tiefsten Ängste – noch nie war das Grauen so verführerisch. Und so nah…
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 12th 2007 by Ullstein (first published 2004)
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A really good collection of short stories that I read in the beginning of 2014. Usually the quality of short stories varies very much, but I think this is one of the best collections of short stories I have ever read. Then again, this is John Connolly, writer of the excellent Charlie Parker series. So of course these stories must be good!

4 stars

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I'll be the first to admit I'm not a huge fan of short story compilations. While I've only read a handful of collections, I find they take a lot of effort to get through. It's not that the quality of the work isn't up to par with that of a full length novel, it's just the ending of one story followed by the beginning of another can sometimes come across as exhausting. You get all invested in a story and it's characters and all of a sudden, it's over. Then, you begin again.

Seeing as Connolly is o
In every one of these short stories Connolly succeeds in raising my neck hairs, even if at times it is only a small bit. I like to think that I'm immune to the average horror story atmospheres and tropes which is to say that for an author to have any pull on my emotions they must do either A) take the normal horror game to new heights or B) Do something completely off the wall altogether. Connolly does a mixture of both of these options which produces many diverse and refreshing stories. I reall ...more
El irlandés John Connolly es mundialmente conocido por las novelas protagonizadas por Charlie Parker, y ha demostrado más que de sobra su capacidad para crear atmósferas sobrenaturales. Siempre pensé que Connolly sería un buen escritor de relatos cortos, y con ‘Nocturnos’ lo ha conseguido con creces. Sus relatos recuerdan a los autores de fantasmas más reconocidos, M.R. James, E.F. Benson o Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, pero también hay elementos de Stephen King, e incluso algo de Clive Barker.

A lo l
This is a book of short stories, so I would think that the best way to respond would be to each one individually ... all 15 (though there is, apparently, a different version with even more stories - so it looks like I will be buying the updated copy at some point!):
"The Cancer Cowboy Rides" - This was a quite chilling and remarkably grotesque story about a living cancer, embodied in "Buddy". A truly disgusting story, it was certainly entertaining and a quite solid short story.
"Mr. Pettinger's Da
Generally I consider most short story collections a mixed bag at best, unless your name is Stephen King. And the reason I read this one is firstly the inclusion of a Charlie Parker story, which was imho the best story in the book at the same time. Secondly I was kind of curious how mr. Connely did do outside of "Charlie Parker universe". And while he did not really dissapoint he did not always deliver as good. I did enjoy the opening novella and the short story on the Witches, which might have b ...more
Alexander Draganov
This is a very strong collection of horror stories, which are quite different in tone and style. I like most the ones, which are connected with the legends about ancient faerie or divine creatures - with them Connely touches the greatness of H.P. Lovecraft.
Liz Wilkins
A wonderful selection of short stories from Mr Connolly, including one featuring Charlie Parker (The Reflecting Eye) , I re-read these, some each night over the last little while (February 2014) and once again was enthralled and delighted by each of them.

There is a great mix here – my favourite being “The Underbury Witches” – I do like a good evil witch story – closely followed by “Some Children Wander By Mistake” which, frankly, freaked me out, anyone who has the clown phobia should beware!

Well-executed if predictable (honestly, about 1/3 of the way in, you can figure out the shtick of most of these stories) ghost stories, mostly, in the 19th-century/Edwardian English mode: a lot of unfortunate-things-happened-here (in at least four stories I can recall off the top of my head), a bunch of ancient-evil-lying-in-wait, and a few ye-olde-British-isles-paganism (which, to me, will pretty much never be done better than in the original Wicker Man). And I have to agree with the reviews on ...more
The Cancer Cowboy Rides (4 stars) - Interesting idea. Decent character development. Started out good but lost steam near the end. Really no absolution and the ending was choppy. Cut up scenes that didn't really run together into coherence. I mean I guess I understood in the end but he could have kept it smooth like the rest of the story. I think I would have liked him to flesh it out a bit. It could have made a decent book.

Mr. Pettingers Daemon (3 stars) - I really liked the atmosphere in this.
I really had to struggle to finish Nocturnes; if I'd taken it out from the library instead of purchasing it (even for $5) I probably would have stopped. The prose was deft and colorful at points, but the stories just didn't deliver for me, and when you tapped on the side of a finished piece until the metaphors fell out, more often than not what was really supposed to be scary was women--their mystical societies, their dangerously enthralling bodies, their mood swings, their sexual appetites. It ...more
Allison Wonderland
I thoroughly enjoyed John Connolly's novel, The Book of Lost Things, and thus was intrigued by this volume of some of his short fiction pieces. For the most part, they were enjoyable supernatural stories, if a bit predictable. Very rarely was I outright surprised by something that Mr. Connolly wrote, and for me, the mark of a good horror story is that it surprises you. There were also a few plot holes in his stories, particularly in the Charlie Parker novella, which bothered me as I read. I also ...more
Paula Cappa
I'm a short story fiend so this book really spoke to me. Connolly is a fine writer and these stories are suspenseful and page-turning. I especially like The Shifting of the Sands.
Michelle E.
Originally read in October 2013
Reread in December 2014

Unlike the hardcover edition I read last year, this paperback version features several new (to this collection) stories attatched at the end, and they are awesome! While previously published elsewhere, I'd never read them until I got ahold of this edition, and I'm glad I did. The Bridal Bed, the first of the new stories, is the weakest, but still good. (I'd name the others, but I don't have the book in front of me.) The Inn at Shillingford sc
Бранимир Събев
Смело вече мога да твърдя, че Джон Конъли е любимият ми писател. За пръв път издава сборник с разкази - досега всичките му книги са романи. Единственият автор, на който имам пълната библиография. Разказите са страхотни просто - някои са в стил Стивън Кинг, други в стил Хауърд Лъвкрафт, трети са чисто авторов стил, оригинален Джон Конъли. Правя кратко резюме на разказите:

1. Канцерогенният Каубой - готин разказ, стил Стивън Кинг в апогея си;
2. Демонът на Петинджър - стил чист Лъвкрафт, малко пряка
There are not many books in this world I have stopped reading. I can only think of one other that I actually put down and never picked up again.

While I enjoyed Connolly's The Book of Lost Things, I just couldn't get into these short stories. I read the first four, about the first 100 pages, and only enjoyed "The Erlking."

Call me snobby if you will, but the others seemed cliche and riddled with horror tropes that allowed me to see the ending long before it occurred. I kept wanting him to go somew
It's kind of hard for me to figure out how I felt about this collection of stories. On one hand, I found most of the stories creepy enough (none of them were really scary, but then I never find books all that scary), and I thought they were pretty well-written standard creepy monster/demon thing Lovecraftian horror. On the other hand, most of the stories were a little too predictable and too brief while still supplying needless details (I felt as though the author was trying to set the scene, bu ...more
Michelle E.

>The Cancer Cowboy Rides - I felt more disturbed in a bad way than scared in a good way. 1*

>Mr Pettenger's Dæmon - Very short, but closer to what I was expecting. 3*

>The Erkling - I think The Erlking, despite it's short length, is the creepiest frickin' thing I have ever read. Rating: 5*

>The New Daughter - In which fairies are decidedly malicious. 4.25*.

>The Ritual of the Bones - Had potental, but I didn't know what the point of it was. It used lots of surnames of po
Dark stories with dextrously laid-down plot lines, all told with panache. Yes, this is genre fiction, but exceedingly well done. It's a fun book and a quick read. If you tend towards squeamishness, maybe it's not the book for you. But if you tend towards squeamishness, what are you doing reading horror fiction anyway? Uh duh. I'm tempted to call these fables, because many of the stories clearly have morals they're trying to inculcate, sometimes with a great degree of subtlety, and sometimes not ...more
H. Anne Stoj
While The Book of Lost Things is the only other Connolly I've read, his collection of short pieces in Nocturnes was really rather wonderful. Over the years I've grown more and more picky with what I read and find many horror stories either campy or gory which detracts from what a horror story is. For me, at least.

I don't think there was a story in the collection I didn't like, again, another thing that's rare as it seems like there's always one or two that aren't really more than filler, however
I came across this book after watching the movie "The New Daughter" (with Kevin Costner). As with "Dread"/Books of Blood 1-3, I wanted to know more of this story and hoped the short story it was based on would be better. A friend had recommended a novel of Connolly's and I thought a book of short stories might not be a bad way to get acquainted with his work.

Unfortunately, the story "The New Daughter" was similar to "Dread" in that the movie actually expanded upon it. It was quite short although
I absolutely love John Connolly, & this book is exceptional. The stories are written in different styles & voices -- one of the things I like about Connolly is that his books aren't all the same. Many of the stories here are set in between-wars & post-war England, which I find particularly compelling -- these stories have a certain old-fashioned (but not boring) quality to them. My favorite piece was probably "Some Children Wander By Mistake", which I found chilling & sad, or "Th ...more
Tamora Pierce
A book of short horror stories plus a Charlie Parker novella that details Bird's first encounter with the very weird killer/judger called The Collector. The stories are pretty standard horror fare with hints that even the good people are doomed beyond the limits of the story. What is it with horror writers? I'd read more mainstream horror if everything didn't go to hell in a handbasket.

The story about the British boys' school did convince me that Connolly is in fact Irish (he writes so well abo
Петър Панчев
Разказите на Джон Конъли са доста по-различни от романите му и смело мога да кажа, че му е необходимо още, за да постигне нужната висота. Повечето истории сякаш не са разгърнати достатъчно, за да предизвикат онова очарование, ако мога да използвам тази дума, което се очаква от хорър. Необходимо е читателят да получи не само призраци, демони и чудовища, но и причината те да участват в действието. С някои от по-дългите разкази се е получило.
I'm not much for short story collections usually, unless it's Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Poe, Bradbury, Lovecraft, and a few others. They just feel too much like skimming, I'm always left wanting more. But I've loved everything of John Connolly's that I've read so I picked this one up awhile back and finally decided to read it. I didn't love it quite as much as I loved The Book of Lost Things, but there are a few seriously spooky gems in here, and though the quality (naturally) ranges, there was ...more
John Connolly has one of the craziest literary minds out there....several of these stories (The Cancer Cowboy Rides, The Inkpot Monkey, The Inn at Shillingford) disturbed me to no end. However, it is a good batch of thriller-chiller stories, extremely well-suited for reading during gathering storms, curled on a sofa, scaring the wits out of yourself as you drink something warm. Keep this one around and re-read it when you need a good "X-Files" sort of feeling.
A collection of short, creepy, campfire-like stories that makes you skittish to wander around in the dark (or maybe that's just me).
How do you rate a collection? I liked some more than others, but each story was nicely thought out and had lots of good detail, and in the end you're left wanting more than just the short story. As a whole, the book was fun to just sit down with, and I'll more than likely read it again.
the enlightened one
Aug 31, 2008 the enlightened one rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to the enlightened one by: the book cover seems enticing hehe
i would give the book a B+, it's good but not as good as 'The book of Lost things'.thee most intriguing and engaging story, in my p.o.v is 'The Bridal bed'.the rest, eemm, i think is just good enough to be published. for those who never read Connolly's works, i suggest you read 'The Book of lost things' before going to Charlie parker's series.
Amy Neftzger
John Connolly is an excellent writer and there are some good stories in this book, but it may be a little dark for some tastes. The book has the best story behind why clowns are so creepy!
I don't usually go for this brand of thriller/horror texts, but short stories are one way in which I would approach them. There are some memorable stories, such as the novella 'The Cancer Cowboy Rides', about a cancer-spreading being, 'The Ritual of the Bones', which entwines an old school's traditions with social class issues, 'The Underbury Witches', 'Nocturne' and its the night-playing piano, the second novella 'The Reflecting Eye' which is a great detective thriller story, 'The Cycle', which ...more
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John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper ...more
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“Being scared isn't the problem. It's not running away that's the hard part.” 105 likes
“Oh, such promises we make in the heat of our passion, when the breath catches in the throat and the belly trembles. Lured by the warmth of another - the scent of her, the strength of him - our tongues betray us and the words come tumbling from our mouths. The act becomes indistinguishable from the intent, and the truth is confused with lies, even to ourselves. Do we say these things because we truly believe them, or do we believe that, by saying them aloud, they may become true? And, when tested, how many of us can say that we fulfilled our vows, that we did not turn away, that we did not renege on the promises we made? When our partners grow old and slow, when the light in their eyes dims and our ardor cools, how many of us are not tempted to turn away and seek our pleasures elsewhere? Not I. I was faithful always. I kept my vows to her, and she her vows to me, in her way.” 13 likes
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