Review: Not Before Bed by Craig Hallam

Not Before Bed
Not Before Bed by Craig Hallam
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great collection of horror stort stories ranging from Lovecraftian to werewolves to that thing that goes bump under your bed. Each story is finely crafted by Craig Hallam in an enjoyable and easy to read way while still having each story have it’s own voice and feel. I think that is one of the most remarkable things about this collection. While it is easy to see how all of the stories came from one author, each story was told with a voice all it’s own that was perfect for that specific sub-genre of horror.

Craig out did himself with his variety of stories. The dark sci-fi in Mandy in the Jar-O have an alien abductee’s horrific realization that her wildest dreams of being wanted are not so wonderful. The Lovercraftian tale of Albert that has little dialogue but such gripping description that every pool of water larger than the size of a drop suspect from harboring tenticled elder gods. These stories have the ability to catch and hold a readers attention. After every story I was left asking “When can I read a full story about this?”

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves horror. But I espechially recommend it to anyone who wants to look into horror for the first time. It will give you a great primer for the genre and help you find a niche inside of it you will like.

Good job Craig

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2 Responses to “Review: Not Before Bed by Craig Hallam”
  1. leatierney says:

    This is a fantastic review! I’ve been promoting it via social media for you as part of Craig’s marketing. Just wondering if you would like to be a part of the blog tour for Greaveburn?

    • Sorry for the huge delay. I just emailed Craig back from his message on goodreads. I would love to be on your blog tour. What do you have in mind. The blog has been on a hiatus due to moving cross country and starting a new job. But next week we are back at it with a vengeance so I would love some great stuff to write about. And knowing Craig, this new book is going to be just right.

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