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Mrs. Midnight: And Other Stories

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Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Antony Rowe in black wibalin cloth stamped in silver, with head and tailbands. 400 copies.

"Mrs Midnight", "Countess Otho", "Meeting with Mike", "The Dancer in the Dark", "Mr Pigsny", "The Brighton Redemption", "You Have Nothing to Fear", "The Philosophy of the Damned", "The Mortlake Manuscript", "T
Hardcover, Limited, 381 pages
Published September 30th 2011 by Tartarus Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reggie Oliver might be the greatest living writer of the weird and eerie story, at least the more subtle flavor of the subgenre. There is an auctorial control that I don't see in many other writers (much less myself). This infernal mixing of weird, eerie, and subtle results in a rarefied creepiness and sometimes outright frisson in the reader's mind. But most of Oliver's tales (that I've read so far) also have heart - a sense of quirkiness and even humor that make one feel the promise warmth in ...more
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent collection from Reggie Oliver. I felt the quintet of stories at the core of the book were the most effective - Mr Pigsny, The Brighton Redemption, You Have Nothing to Fear, The Philosophy of the Damned, The Mortlake Manuscript. Together with Minos or Rhadamanthus, I thought these were all outstanding. Because it's Reggie Oliver, even the slightly less effective stories were always entertaining and worth reading, with the customary dry humour and observation. 4.5 stars; marked u ...more
Benjamin Uminsky
I have yet to read a bad Reggie Oliver story. And again, after reading this very hefty collection by Tartarus Press, I still have yet to read a bad Oliver story... not a single clunker in the collection.

Having really only read Oliver's Ash Tree collection (Masques of Satan), which I enjoyed, I felt that MRS. MIDNIGHT was a stronger collection, story for story. I have heard from other readers favorably comparing Oliver to MR James and Le Fanu, and given the amount of outstanding stories that inco
Adam Nevill
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
If there exists a more deft and elegant stylist currently writing tales of the strange and supernatural, I don't know of them. Over the last fortnight I've read two of the recent short story collections by Reggie Oliver, MRS MIDNIGHT AND OTHER STORIES, and FLOWERS OF THE SEA (Thirteen Stories and Two Novellas). The latter becoming my favourite of the five Oliver collections I have read to date, and I'd say it is also one of my favourite collections, thus far read, in the horror/weird tale field ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mrs. Midnight: And Other Stories
Author: Reggie Oliver

Type of Book: collection of ghost/horror stories
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Similar writers: M.R. James
Availability: Print and ebook

Reggie Oliver, who is an actor and playwright, is a gifted writer of supernatural fiction. This book comprises mostly of evil spirit stories (I distinguish between ghost stories and evil spirit stories in that ghost stories might not have a malevolent spirit. Evil spirit stories have greater resonance with me.)

Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm not going to say much, other than Reggie Oliver surely deserves his reputation of being the man of the moment in horror literature. I don't think I've read a stronger single-author collection. Really there's not a bad story in the book.

The title tale, Mrs Midnight, is told to us via a reality TV presenter and intertwines Ripper lore with pseudo-science cannibalism... It's very grizzly and beautifully written.

Countess Otho is the first tale in the collection to have a theatrical setting. It'
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely perfect collection. Reggie Oliver knows how to tell a good yarn, with the intimate manner of the natural storyteller, glass in hand by a crackling fire. These stories have the charm and quality of MR James, HR Wakefield or LP Hartley, but with an element of profoundly unsettling contemporary 'Weird' that prevents them feeling antiquated. Every story is first rate, but stands out include the disturbing title tale, The Mortlake Manuscript (which first appeared as the Black Metaphysic ...more
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
‘All men and women carry an uncharted universe about in their heads…Only this wall of flesh stands between us and the infinite…’

I saw this author’s name recommended somewhere on the internet and bought the Kindle edition of this out of curiosity, not knowing much at all about him. And it turns out to be quite a remarkable thing, the kind of collection that makes me wish I could go out and lay down a good sum of cash on a handsome volume of his collected works. It’s a pleasant thing to discover a
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it
A couple years ago I gave Oliver's collection "The Complete Symphonies of Adolph Hitler and Other Strange Stories" three stars. I wondered afterward why I didn't rate it higher since I recalled the stories being mostly enjoyable. So I figured I'd read another collection and see.

Well, I can't do better than three stars this time around as well. I like the lead up to the horror, in particular the historical/antiquarian research and detail often feels very realistic and genuine. But when the horror
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, short-stories
I've been hearing good things about Reggie Oliver for a while. He's apparently quite a productive writer with numerous collections to his name. A modern writer of strange and spooky stories but in the classic vein which sounds very much like my cup of tea.

Thematically, most of the stories here revolve around the activities of thespians and antiquarians as they encounter strange goings in their day to day lives. The plots were varied enough not to feel samey but similar enough to give the collect
John Hepple
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What could I possibly say about Mr. Oliver that hasnt been said already?
He is quite possibly the new master of the antiquarian ghost story. Or ghost story as a whole, if I would be so bold.

Bill Hanson
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great collection. Easy to lose yourself in the writing itself, but the stories are also fine examples of timeless spookiness.
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Reggie Oliver is a stage actor and playwright. His biography of Stella Gibbons was praised as “a triumph” by Hilary Spurling in the Daily Telegraph, his play Winner Takes All, was described as “the funniest evening in London”, by Michael Billington in The Guardian, and his adaptation of Hennequin and Delacour’s Once Bitten opened at the Orange Tree Theatre in London in December 2010.

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