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What Happens When You Wake Up In The Night

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Don't get out of bed... whatever happens.
Paperback, 12 pages
Published September 18th 2009 by Nightjar Press
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David Hebblethwaite
Dec 24, 2009 David Hebblethwaite rated it it was amazing
This is narrated by a little girl named Maddy who hates the dark, so (she tells us) made a deal with her mummy that she could keep the light on all night, as long as she didn’t disturb her parents. But tonight, Maddy has woken up in darkness; what’s happened to her light?

The first thing to say about this story is that Smith gets Maddy’s voice pitch-perfect: with all the breathless sentences and repetitive structures, it feels as though this is a small child addressing us. And it’s the naiveté of
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Dione Basseri
Oct 12, 2015 Dione Basseri rated it it was amazing
Okay. This screwed me up. Significantly. A family is coping with their daughter's fear of the dark by leaving the nightlight on all night. One night, she wakes to the dark, and goes to complain to her mother. Only she can't find her door. Or anything in her room, except her parents. But her parents should be in their room....

So where are they?

This is such a simple piece, but it hits onto a pretty big set of fears, for me. And it does so in very spare words, leading the reader to a slow and terri
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Dec 10, 2014 Katy rated it liked it
When reading this, I felt that it had an unsatisfactory ending, but I have thought about it over and over since reading. The creepy story hit a bit too close to home for me!
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Michael Marshall (Smith) is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His first novel, ONLY FORWARD, won the August Derleth and Philip K. Dick awards. SPARES and ONE OF US were optioned for film by DreamWorks and Warner Brothers, and the Straw Men trilogy - THE STRAW MEN, THE LONELY DEAD and BLOOD OF ANGELS - were international bestsellers. His most recent novels are THE INTRUDERS, BAD THINGS and K ...more
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