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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Andd Becker
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Swetha Mary ann
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it

Thank you netgalley for providing me the book in exchange for an honest review.
The rating you see is the total average of individual ratings of the various books.
The book is an anthology consisting of stories that are all centred around midnight, and with the pivotal punchline being the title of the book.
To be fair most were pretty average and below average to me but certain stood out.
A creative defence by Jeffrey Deaver scared the living hell out of me!! It was so well done for the short stor
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
Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
It's very hard to pass up an anthology when it comes with these names attached to it. That's what always brings me in at first. That and the thing that links them together (pretty easy in this case). But what I am really looking for is that new name. The one that I have not read before that I can then itemize and devour their catalogue. Would I find this here?

What I found that I liked:
Cell Phone Intolerant by Kevin O'Brien. A new author to me. Ed hates people who are rude in public because they
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology
This is a collection of short stories that all share one thing in common: they are set around midnight or shortly thereafter.

Here is a breakdown of each story and its individual rating:

12:01 AM by Alan Jackson: 3 star. A man is on death row and someone is re-enacting his crimes.

Cell Phone Intolerant by Kevin O Brien: 4 star. A guy gets fed up with everyone using their cell phones and invents a device.

All Aboard by Hank Phillippi Ryan: 3.5 star. A fixer stays the night on a train and learns of
Val Wheeler
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksirens
Thank you to Booksirens and the publishers for the opportunity to read and review Nothing Good Happens after Midnight. I don't read that many short stories, but this jumped out due to the numerous great authors involved and the introduction by Jeffery Deaver.

It didn't disappoint and it is a great way to be introduced to new authors. There's definitely a couple of authors whose books I will be on the look out for now, and maybe a couple who I wont, but on the whole am really glad I read this book
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley forf the opportunity to preview Nothing Good Happens after Midnight. This is a series of short stories by several well known authors.
I am not a huge fan of short stories but have enjoyed Stephen King's short novellas and have read a few others.
This is a mix - some i liked better than others - but all in all, a fun and quick read. Good for bus rides and quick reads at lunch time.
3 stars.
Syeda Sumayya Tariq
3.5 rounding off to 4

I love thrillers (which is basically all I read) and I never pass an opportunity to read short stories, so I jumped on this collection as soon as I saw it, also isn’t the title promising?! Very original ideas, and a variety of writing styles, all enjoyable, but only a few stories from this collection really stood out. I felt like these stories were strategically placed, alternating between the good, and okayish kind. Not trying to sound super critical but I had high hopes fr
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

I enjoy reading books with multiple authors. It gives me a chance to check out the work of new authors.

The only thing I didn't like was there were a couple of stories that seem like it was cut off in the middle of the story. No ending and it felt like a lot was missing.

That being said, overall I enjoyed the book, the stories for the most part and finding new authors. If you like short stories you will enjoy this
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You had me at the author list. Who doesn't love at least one of these amazing authors? Jeffery Deaver is fabulous any day then add in some of my go to authors to make a collection well worth my time to read and enjoy. Each story was different. No story disappointed. I thought it was a great collection for the Halloween season. But honestly I would read them any time of year. Well done!

I read the book on Sirens
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I received a galley of this book for review purposes*

A diverse collection of page-turning suspense stories to keep you up well into the middle of the night (even if you know nothing good will come from staying up…).

Books are good. Books are great. But sometimes you just don't have what it takes to concentrate on a 300 page suspense. The slow burn is too slow. The frantic pace doesn't sit well with your anxiety. You just can't be bothered to start something you know is going to take days to fi
Cathy Geha
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nothing Good Happens After Midnight
A Suspense Magazine Anthology

by Jeffery Deaver, Linwood Barclay, Rhys Bowen, Heather Graham, Alan Jacobson, Paul Kemprecos, Jon Land, John Lescroart, Kevin O'Brien, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Joseph Badal, D. P. Lyle

Thirteen authors
Thirteen stories
All take place after midnight
All were a wee bit (or more) creepy
And now I want more ;)

I saw this and thought that it would be a good way to read the writing of well-known authors as well as a few that I had not heard of or
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