Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre” as Want to Read:
Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Nine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.

A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black.

In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 73 pages
Published March 11th 2013
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Passing Time, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Passing Time

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.50  · 
Rating details
 ·  40 ratings  ·  22 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre
Sharon Bayliss
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually the type to devour books in one sitting, but these brief and engaging tales kept me reading. The stories ranged from short to very short, but even in a few pages she set up an intriguing plot and characters. My favorite was Dining in Hell, so fascinating I could hardly blink until I was finished. I only wish it was longer, it seems like there was a lot more to that story! The short dark tales reminded me a lot of the Twilight Zone or Stephen King shorts. Definitely worth the read ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The art of writing effective short stories is knowing how to sketch the promise of a premise, and then letting it go. Ellie Garratt's collection of nine horror and spec fic tales fulfills this criterion through well-crafted prose and superb storytelling.

Some of the stories start by establishing the fantasy nature of their worlds up front while other stories catch the reader unaware when the unexpected soon punches through normality and alters what at first seems plausible into delightfully distu
Nikki Spencer
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the awesome cover to the beautiful interior (did I just say beautiful about an ebook and mean it? Why, yes I did) to the gorgeous writing, this collection delivers. One of my gripes about ebooks is they typically look like a terribly typed middle school book report and that takes away from the overall reading pleasure. Not PASSING TIME. Each story was titled with an elegant font, and small graphics were included throughout. This may seem like a small thing, but it adds to the reader's exper ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ellie Garratt’s Passing Time contains tense and enjoyable horror stories.

Each short story sends a little chill down the reader’s spine and has a nice twist that is sometimes foreseen and other times not.

I enjoyed the moral of “Passing Time” in how we shouldn’t let time just pass us by. “Expiration Date” had a delightful blend of horror with science fiction. “The Devil’s Song” is a writer’s worst nightmare. “Luna Black” was perhaps my favorite story, and I loved how vampires and insurance feature
Lexa Cain
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, horror
This book is filled with delicious bite-sized morsels of horror sure to please any palate. The only bad thing about the book was that it ended! Seriously, I'd have been very happy to keep reading more stories from this talented author. The book reminded me of when I was in grade school and horror novels weren't available for kids (pre-Goosebumps era) but scary short story compilations were. I adored those creepy little stories, and I loved Ellie Garrat's book just as much. Her stories are fascin ...more
C.D. Coffelt
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthology
Passing Time is a book of nine short stories consisting of What ifs, Imagine That, and I Never Saw that Coming. Tales of human monsters looking for the next victim or even worse, looking to become rich by any means necessary. Time guides each story. And dark alleys where the screams come from.

I encounter few books that are cerebral, that challenge me. Most have discernible plots that, while enjoyable, don’t make me think. Passing Time pulled me from my easy chair and dared me to expand my senses
Tony Benson
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I only occasionally dip into short stories, preferring to get stuck into a full length novel rather than skip from story to story. However, when I do venture into the shorter, I sometimes come up trumps, and this book is one of those occasions.

The first thing that strikes me as a lover of books is the quality of the publication. I only wish all publishers would set such a high standard. Everything from the cover design to the internal formatting are a high quality showcase for the high quality w
Jeff Chapman
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ur-books, horror
Passing Time is an enjoyable collection of horror shorts. The situations the characters find themselves in are bizarre and creepy. The prose is engaging and most of the tales take a surprising twist at the end. My favorite stories are "Dining in Hell," "Luna Black," and "Eating Mr. Bone." "Dining in Hell" tells about a car-load of strangers running from a zombie apocalypse who stop at a Death Valley Diner filled with Russians. "Luna Black" is a deliciously creepy vampire tale about some characte ...more
Christine Rains
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Passing Time is a wonderfully written collection of dark and eerie tales. Each story has its own way of gripping your soul. Some are short and intense, and others lure you down a long twisted path. You're left wondering about your own mortality, what you would do for love, and what terrifies you the most. As a writer, I was particularly paralyzed by "The Devil's Song."

My two favorite stories were "Expiration Date" and "The Vegas Screamer." The first takes place in a future where cloning is poss
Nick Wilford
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic collection of stories with a macabre edge and more than a drop of wry humour. The opening title story is a sobering look at what happens if we let life pass us by. We then meet vampires, zombies, a serial killer and even Santa, and Garratt manages to put a fresh twist on each of these character types. With some of the stories being told by seemingly ordinary people, we get to see how they deal with the bizarre events that come their way, and I would definitely have read longe ...more
C. A. Powell
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A host of short uncanny stories; Goths and their fascination with vampires; A distant, yet familiar, scruffy old man, who becomes strangely fascinating for the first time in 38 years with his battered and worn brief case. A dead and rotting away son, telling his story to the reader while sitting in a doctor’s surgery? A ghastly fictional character that will not allow the writer to be rid of him. An exorcism for a patriotic spirit causes unexpected problems for a charlatan medium. They're all her ...more
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't normally read this genre, but this is a tightly-written collection of dark and chilling stories. Each story is told from the first person point of view. There are a variety of twists and turns in these macabre pieces, and lots of wry, twisted humour too.
Amongst other things, these stories touch on topics of mortality, cloning, vampires, zombies, a serial killer, and other-worldly entities.
Lovers of dark fiction are in for a real treat!
Samantha Geary
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the alluring cover to the final twist, the author pulled me into an eerie world I won't soon forget. Each intriguing tale is populated with creepy characters in cleverly plotted settings that kept me turning the "virtual" page. What I truly enjoyed, was the unexpected turn each tale would take, heightening anticipation. My only complaint is the number of stories in this brilliant collection - I would have devoured twice that many! ...more
Mark Knight
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ellie has an engrossing style that sucks you in and nails you to each story. I had shivery echoes of the Twilight Zone while reading these creepy stories. Her style is very sensitive and you feel the emotions and thoughts of the characters very well as you ready. Perfect book to have with you on your e-reader to read over and over during long trips, or on those quiet, atmospheric nights at home when you are up late.

Next anthology, please!!
Annalisa Crawford
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a great collection of tightly-written stories that will unbalance you. Some of them start off with a mainstream feel and subtly slide into the macabre; others start at the depths of bizarre and remain there. The Devil's Song and Eating Mr Bone were my favourites. Not something to read just before bedtime though! ...more
Medeia Sharif
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cover and description lured me in, and I’m glad they did. I enjoyed this collection of tales by Ellie Garratt. I liked them all and my favorites include “The Letter,” “The Vegas Screamer,” and “Eating Mr. Bone.” The author keeps true to her word with the “strange and macabre.” The writing is tight and the book is a fast read.
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Just the right amounts of suspense, horror and not too much gore! The Passing Time collection reminds me of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories That Scared Even Me," which I read many years ago. Well told tales that will make your skin crawl! ...more
Crystal Collier
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This is definitely a dark collection. Horror fans, eat your heart out. Thriller lovers, this is totally for you. Great story building, fun dynamics, wonderful range of tales, and some amazing suspense.

Content warning: Gore, language, horror themes. Appropriate for adults.
Andy Downs
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Being a fan of The Twilight Zone, the unusual mix of stories kept me entertained and wondering what was coming next.
Definitely worth a read.
Amie McCracken
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Eerie and twisted stories. Some were so gripping I was literally on the edge of the couch. You made my mind work, Ellie. Can't wait to see more! ...more
Yvonne Bond
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am reading this book
Tammy Theriault
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Creepy good!!
Donna Hole
rated it it was amazing
Jun 08, 2015
Jason Kirk
rated it did not like it
Jul 18, 2014
rated it really liked it
Feb 28, 2015
E.J. Wesley
rated it it was amazing
Mar 05, 2013
Rachael Bickell
rated it it was amazing
May 21, 2014
Brittany Buchanan
rated it it was amazing
Jul 02, 2014
rated it really liked it
Apr 12, 2013
rated it it was amazing
Feb 18, 2013
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Speculative fiction writer. Join me as I write my way through the strange, macabre, and fantastical.

Related Articles

  Whether you love the horror genre or just tiptoe into it ahead of Halloween, we have book picks for every level of scared you want to...
453 likes · 281 comments