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Midnight Grinding and Other Twilight Terrors

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
It's dark. Crickets chirp in the black of night, accompanied by the lonesome call of a whippoorwill. On the front porch of a ramshackle house, pale moonlight reveals two forms in rocking chairs, facing one another. Just you and the storyteller.

You are uneasy at first, a little nervous… but for what reason? After all, they are only tall tales and folklore passed down from g
Hardcover, signed limited to 1250 unnumbered copies, 424 pages
Published February 28th 2009 by Cemetery Dance Publications (first published February 2009)
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Nov 24, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing
Storytelling is either a lost art, or is perilously near extinction, as evident from the large no. of popular/acclaimed authors, who keep on displaying their skills by producing highly sophisticated and yet thoroughly boring & rather pointless stories. In the face of this, Ronald Kelly's return to writing (after a decade-long hiatus) is a news that deserves to be welcomed with fan parade and crackers. I had not read anything written by Mr. Kelly (thanks to my near absolute aversion for ...more
This signed limited edition of short stories by Ronald Kelly, released in February of 2009, is the July 2008 Cemetery Dance Bookclub selection.

There are thirty-two short stories in this collection and I cannot think of a single one I did not like. A lot of them read like the dated pulp horror that they are. Most of these stories have shown up in magazines like Cemetery Dance, After Hours, and Deathrealm. I like that sort of thing; hell, I write that sort of thing myself. Each one runs between te
Jun 21, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Fantastic collection of good Southern-sytle horror. Many of the individual stories rated 5 stars, in my opinion. An overall, fantastic collection!
Sep 23, 2013 Scott rated it did not like it
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I made it about halfway through this collection. The stories read like the author grew up on old EC horror comics...and then never read anything else. Broadly-drawn characters, predictable developments, and a cute twist at the end. All they need is a crypt keeper, or some other such host.

But there was something else that was bugging me about the stories, something I couldn't put my finger on. Eventually I came to an introduction where Kelly states that he doesn't believe in evolution. Ah, there
I don't generally expect or want to learn from fiction. Overall: good. Distinct Southern flavor, which is unusual in horror. Nice for a change. Horror should be shocking, but the biggest shock came outside the stories, in the intro to one, in which Kelly said he'd gotten religion and therefore no longer believed in evolution. Only later, due to other intros and his afterword, was I sure that he was serious. Anne Rice stopped writing horror after a renewal of her religious feelings. Interesting.
Feb 28, 2012 Erica rated it liked it
I give this a good solid 3.5 stars. The stories were pretty good with some being downright creepy. Pretty good read considering I picked it without having ever heard of the author before and on a whim.
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Fantastic collection of short stories by Ronald Kelly. Highly recommended.
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Ronald Kelly was born and raised in the hills and hollows of Middle Tennessee. He became interested in horror as a child, watching the local "Creature Feature" on Saturday nights and "The Big Show"---a Nashville-based TV show that presented every old monster movie ever made ---in the afternoons after school. In high school, his interest turned to horror literature and he read such writers as Poe, ...more
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