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Nothing Good Happens After Midnight: A Suspense Magazine Anthology

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The sun sets. The moon takes its place, illuminating the most evil corners of the planet. What twisted fear dwells in that blackness? What legends attach to those of sound mind and make them go crazy in the bright light of day? Only Suspense Magazine knows…

Teaming up with New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, Suspense Magazine offers up a nail-biting anthology
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Published November 17th 2020 by Suspense Publishing
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Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing Good Happens After Midnight: A Suspense Magazine Anthology - Various authors

I've started reading more short stories this year than I've ever read in the past. In this case, the short stories are a great way to sample the work of established authors. Several of the stories that stood out to me are:

Tonic by D. P. Lyle - two cousins have the job of grave robbing. When they try to eliminate the middleman, they find out who is really paying for the bodies. So much to think about with this one
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: A moment later Beth heard a soft sound behind her.


Gasping, Beth turned and, in shock, stared at Joanne, who was gazing at her sister-in-law. Her face had the same eerie, blank expression as Robert's.

And the humming too, was the same as earlier, the notes her husband had hummed over and over again.

The notes that spelled D-E-A-D.

- A Creative Defense by Jeffrey Deaver.

ABOUT 'NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT': The sun sets. The moon takes its place, illuminating the most evi
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Jeffrey Deaver (editor), and Suspense Publishing for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

I have always found that you can discover the true mettle of an author by how well they can handle writing with strict parameters. Jeffrey Deaver tosses the challenge out to twelve other authors (as well as himself) to pen a short story apiece with a ‘late’ or ‘midnight’ theme. Each entry in t
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is the second great collection of horror and ghostly stories I have read recently. I think horror/suspense is a genre that particularly lends itself to a short story format. I have read a few other short stories this year and was not impressed.

This book, however, has something for everyone. While I didn’t find it scary, one story - Tonight is the Night by Shannon Kirk (an author I had not heard of before but will be looking into) - had and extremely pervasive sense of creeping menace.
Carolyn Walsh
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jeffery Deaver has compiled a stellar collection of short stores in this crime/thriller anthology. There are 13 stories by leading suspense writers, which should please most readers. In the past, I have been disappointed in similar collections of short stories. I rarely have liked more than a couple of the stories in suspense anthologies and found the rest to be lacking in thrills and chills. I began to compile a list of my favourite short stories in this book and ended up with eight, and the re ...more
Thirteen stories by widely known writers with the theme of midnight. The genre falls more into crime fiction than horror. With thirteen different authors, there are jarringly widely diverse styles. Not all the stories were great, but all were readable. The standouts included "12:01 a.m." By Alan Jacobson, a serial killer at midnight, "Cellphone Intolerant" by Kevin O' Brien, which draws a direct link between technological progress, magic, and anger, and ATM" by Jon Land, which crosses grittiness ...more
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Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
A huge shout out to Blackthorn Book Tours for this grand opportunity to read and review Nothing Good Happens After Midnight. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.

Phew…. Get Set Go for this fantabulous ride to the mix of suspense short stories that will take a reader thru the whole gamut of emotions.

Nothing Good Happens After Midnight is a Suspense Magazine Anthology by various authors with an introduction by Jeffery Deaver which provide succulent short eats or starters before one can pick a fu
Bonnie DeMoss
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a brilliant, suspense-filled collection of stories from a group of talented, best-selling authors who all put their own spin on what might happen after midnight. These stories run the gamut from crime to horror to psychological thrillers and dark fantasy. There is something here for every fan of those genres. This collection is edited by international best-selling author Jeffrey Deaver , and he provides a story as well. My personal favorites were "12:01 AM" by Alan Jacobson and "A Creati ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic collection of short stories, mostly mysteries, all taking place after midnight. This is one of the best mystery/thriller short story collections I have read recently. There are really almost no weak links.

Not a surprise how much I enjoyed the stories by Jeffrey Deaver (who also edited this anthology), Hank Philippi Ryan, and Linwood Barclay. These are great writers I already knew and loved. But also? I discovered new authors I really enjoyed, like Kevin O’Brien (who wrote the very e
Veronica ⭐️
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, a, short-story
I love anthologies! You get a quick short burst of whatever the theme is, be romance, fantasy, thriller or suspense. My love started with Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl which has since become my benchmark for anthologies.

Nothing Good Happens After Midnight as the title suggests has a common theme of grisly events happening just after midnight. As with any anthology some stories will be liked more than others. I rated each story to my enjoyment. Some were three star, some four and some five star reads.
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nothing Good Happens After Midnight is a collection of 13 short stories by today's best selling mystery and thriller writers, charged with writing stories with the theme of the collection's title.

As with any short story collection, there is going to be great, good, and not so good stories. My personal favorites are Cellphone Intolerant, and The Sixth Decoy. My least favorites were Midnight in the Garden of Death and After Midnight. All others fell in between those two parameters. Overall there
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT: A Suspense Magazine Anthology by Jeffrey Deaver, et al. is a new suspense, thriller, mystery anthology and is my favorite anthology of this year. The thirteen short stories pull the reader in and this anthology has some of my favorite authors contributing.

The theme of these thirteen short stories is that – nothing good happens after midnight. I usually only like about a third to a half of most a
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: psychological thriller
A dozen short stories by various crime authors around the theme of what happens after midnight. Many well-known suspense story writers such as Linwood Barclay, John Lescroart, Heather Graham and Jeffery Deaver all contribute. There is a mixture of protagonists from a serial killer, inventor, teenagers, men sitting at a bar, PR agent, train passengers and even Cinderella. Well written with a varying level of tension, but most will find enjoyment. Overall, a fine collation of twisted tales and rat ...more
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
Nothing Good Happens After Midnight is an anthology of thirteen stories where events occur after midnight. All the authors who collaborated on this anthology, except for one, were new to me. I found a few of the stories likeable, but some not so much. When I first saw the title, I thought it would be an anthology of horror stories, but they turned out to be tales of suspense, some of which had interesting psychological twists and some humorous moments.

The focus of my review will be on the storie
Iseult Murphy
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A solid anthology of dark fiction, with stories ranging from crime to horror and even uplifting, there is something for everyone within these pages.
Standouts for me were Midnight in the Garden of Death by Heather Graham. A horror story about teens holding a sleepover in a graveyard that had a lot going for it.
Tonight is the night by Shannon Kirk which packs an awful lot of story into a short and works on multiple levels.
ATM by Jon Land about a young man in need of rescuing that is heartwarmin
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nothing Good Happens After Midnight: A Suspense Magazine Anthology is a collection of thirteen stories from a variety of authors with a central theme of midnight.

For me personally I found this anthology to be enjoyable and rated most of the stories between 3*-4* . While I didnt LOVE every single story I didnt particularly dislike any either. I think this anthology can offer something to fans of genres ranging from horror to crime.

Some of the authors were completely NEW to me. After finishing th
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a fan of thrillers, I was intrigued by the book Nothing Good Happens After Midnight: A Suspense Magazine Anthology. This is a collection of terrific short stories by a group of authors who each have impressive track records for excellence in the genre. Some of the authors I was very familiar with, some are new to me. Several of the authors wrote about established characters in existing series. Some stories read like episodes from The Twilight Zone. The authors include Jeffery Deaver, Hank Phi ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you want to meet some great writers?
Do you love to encounter a variety of writing-styles?
Do you need to escape into a world of suspense?
Read this book.

I received an advance review copy for free.
I am posting this review voluntarily.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Nothing Good Happens After Midnight is a collection of terrific short stories by a group of writers who each have noteworthy histories for greatness in the class. A portion of the writers I knew about, some are unfamiliar to me. few of them wrote about established characters in existing series. A few stories read like scenes from The Twilight Zone. The authors include Jeffery Deaver, Heather Graham, Rhys Bowen and many more.

Short structure fi
Dana-Adriana B.
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved these short stories: creepy, mystery, suspense, all great.
Thank you Netgalley for this anthology.
Becky Stanley
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I am normally not a fan of short stories, but when I saw Jeffrey Deaver edited this I was anxious to give it a try. I love everything he writes.

It turns out, I do like short stories, at least in the suspense genre. I loved most of the stories in this book, and the few that I didn't love so much? Well, it wasn't much of a time commitment so it didn't even matter.

* Thanks to BookSirens for providing me with a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anthologies can be such a mixed bag; often you get one or two good stories and the rest are duds. Sometimes you luck out and get a solid collection, and that was the case here. "Nothing Good Happens After Midnight" is wonderful story telling. Short stories are a challenge to do well, with not much room for character development or world building and the story has to be tight. Another challenge with anthologies is whether or not the writers can all successfully pull off the theme and this group d ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant collection of short stories. They are excellent mysteries and each of them is very well written.

“Debra Mead gathered her reusable grocery sack against her chest and trudged toward her Subaru. Taylor, her twelve-year-old son, sat waiting in the car playing a game on his iPad, not wanting to be seen with his mother shopping for groceries.” Take the above quote from Alan Jacobson’s story. The beginning might lull you into the sense that this is going to be a somehow pedestrian t
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great anthology with a little bit of something for everybody who loves a good mystery. I had not read all the authors before so this gave me a nice taste of their writing styles, another reason why I love anthologies. I'm a huge Rhys Bowen fan (which was what drew me to this book to start with) but there were several other notable story inclusions in here, particularly the ones by Linwood Barclay. Jon Land, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Jeffrey Deaver. There really wasn't a bad story in the bunch. I ...more
Arlene Arredondo
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of short stories. Love the different styles of writing in one volume, and how the perspective of each author will keep you on your toes. The outcome of each story is really unexpected and after one specifically, had to take a breather because of the bone chilling factor of the turn of events.
Great for adding authors to follow and look up their work.
Note: I received and ARC for review purposes and an honest and unbiased opinion.
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Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Nothing Good Happens After Midnight” is a must-have anthology for every mystery reader. It is a collection of quick yet fantastic reads by today’s top mystery writers, including Jeffery Deaver, Linwood Barclay, Rhys Bowen, Heather Graham, Alan Jacobson, Paul Kemprecos, Jon Land, John Lescroart, Kevin O'Brien, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Joseph Badal, and D. P. Lyle. It has something for every reader. In a time of both staying at home and waiting in line (safely six feet away from people) this collecti ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booksirens
I have never read anything written by Jeffery Deaver, and I’ve actually only read maybe 4 of the author’s included in this anthology. It was a bit exciting going in and, knowing how much I enjoy the work from the writers who I am familiar with, not knowing what to expect from the rest of the book.

There is definitely something for everyone’s tastes here. From serial killers to magic ATM’s...I found each story unique in it’s own way. I found it fun to intentionally skip the page showing the auth
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love short story anthologies. Creating an impact within a few thousand words is such a difficult job and only a really talented writer can master this art. So when you see the writers' credits on this book with Jeffrey Deaver as the editor, you know you're in for a treat.

"Nothing going to happen after midnight" is a suspense anthology, with every story having one thing in come: it deals with things that happen after midnight. Jeffrey Deaver describes the book in his introduction as a "volume o
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like mysteries and crime stories in any format - full-length novels, novellas, and short stories, so this book caught my eye. The benefit of an anthology like this is the chance to read a variety of authors all in one book. This collection has thirteen short stories with the common theme of “midnight”. I was introduced to some new authors and also was able to experience some familiar authors in a new way.

All of the stories in the collection are well-written, but a couple are too dark for my t
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
A big thanks to Cozy Mysteries Reviews for giving me the opportunity to read and review this anthology.
In recent years, short stories and short fiction have not been as popular as full length novels. I must confess that I don't go looking for anthologies unless one of my longtime favorite authors is part of it. In my younger days I read women's magazines that contained excellent short stories and many of those writers went on to great acclaim.
In reading Nothing Good Happens After Midnight, I w
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