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ISBN: 1416534601
Author: John Connolly
Language: English
Publisher: Atria Books; Reissue edition (October 10, 2006)
Pages: 496
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.9
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John Connolly, bestselling author of five brilliantly scary mystery novels, now turns his pen to the short story to. .

John Connolly, bestselling author of five brilliantly scary mystery novels, now turns his pen to the short story to give us a dozen chilling tales of the supernatural. In this macabre collection, echoing masters of the genre from M R James to Stephen King, Connolly delves into our darkest fears - lost lovers, missing children, subterranean creatures and predatory demons.

Nocturnes is a collection of supernatural novellas and stories which echoes the work of some of the masters . James, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King-while never losing the distinctive voice of the stories' creator, John Connolly.

Nocturnes is a collection of supernatural novellas and stories which echoes the work of some of the masters of the genre-M. Here are lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons and vengeful ghosts.

John Connolly (born 31 May 1968) is an Irish writer who is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker

John Connolly (born 31 May 1968) is an Irish writer who is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker. Connolly graduated with a BA in English from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Masters in journalism from Dublin City University. Before becoming a full-time novelist, he worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a gofer at Harrods department store in London.

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Bestselling author John Connolly's first collection of short fiction, Nocturnes, now features five additional stories - never-before published for an American audience - in a dark, daring, utterly haunting anthology of lost lovers and missing children, Bad Men. by John Connolly. New York Times bestselling author John Connolly masterfully intertwines mystery, emotion, violence, and the supernatural in this raw and gripping thriller.

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John Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker series of mystery novels, the supernatural collection Nocturnes, the Samuel Johnson Trilogy for younger readers, and (with Jennifer Ridyard) the Chronicles of the Invaders series. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. com, or follow him on Twitter nollyBooks.

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John Connolly, bestselling author of five brilliantly scary mystery novels, now turns his pen to the short story to give us a dozen chilling tales of the supernatural.

Author: John Connolly. A collection of stories by John Connolly. John Connolly, bestselling author of five brilliantly scary mystery novels, now turns his pen to the short story to give us a dozen chilling tales of the supernatural. In this macabre collection, echoing masters of the genre from M R James to Stephen King, Connolly delves into our darkest fears – lost lovers, missing children, subterranean creatures and predatory demons.

From #1 internationally bestselling author John Connolly comes Nocturnes, a dark, daring, utterly haunting shot story anthology of lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons, and vengeful ghosts.Connolly’s collection of supernatural novellas and stories echoes the work of some of the masters of the genre while never losing his own distinctive voice. In "The New Daughter," a father comes to suspect that a burial mound on his land hides something very ancient, and very much alive; in "The Underbury Witches," two London detectives find themselves battling a particularly female evil in a town culled of its menfolk. And finally, private detective Charlie Parker returns in the long novella "The Reflecting Eye," in which the photograph of an unknown girl turns up in the mailbox of an abandoned house once occupied by an infamous killer. This discovery forces Parker to confront the possibility that the house is not as empty as it appears, and that something has been waiting in the darkness for its chance to kill again.

Comments:

EROROHALO
I came into this book with two different sets of expectations. The first was my expectations of John Connolly as a writer; I’d read The Book of Lost Things and was blown away by it, so I knew Connolly was capable of some very good writing. The second was my expectations from a short story in the horror genre: I’d recently finished a book of short stories from Kelly Link, and have also read both of Karen Russell’s short story collections, so I was expecting some extremely creative premises and good prose.

This book is all right, but fell very short of my expectations. John Connolly is very good at writing endings. In these stories, I got the impression that Connolly knew right from the beginning how he wanted the story to end. As a result, the endings are dramatic, haunting, and pack a real good punch. But the prose leading up to the ending was often lackluster.

Let’s go back to Karen Russell and Kelly Link for a second. Critics of those authors have said that the authors seem to get a great idea, and then wander around aimlessly with it, unsure of how to conclude. The trade-off for the lackluster ending is a wonderful sense of setting: the authors will take the time to really examine an odd situation from lots of different angles. Connolly, on the other hand, seems more focused on laying the groundwork for a good ending, and as a result, I often enjoyed only the last 1/5 or so of his stories.

My favorite story in the collection is the Inkpot Monkey, which I think came closest to writing about a strange situation without rushing towards the ending. The Shifting of the Sands was another good one, because the ending had a cool twist that differentiated it from most of the other stories in this collection.

The first story in this collection was my least favorite, because I think the author spent too much time writing about the cops in the small town and not enough time writing about Buddy, who was by far the most interesting character and the focal point of the story. I wasn’t particularly fond of The Ritual of the Bones, either, because it came across as more preposterous than creepy.

Overall, it’s an okay book, but I think there are enough better books out there that I wouldn’t recommend wasting your time on this one. On the other hand, I have encountered very few books better than The Book of Lost Things, so that gets a hearty recommendation and plug from me!
Anayalore
Just when I thought Stephen King was king of the horror genre, John Connolly is nudging him off the throne. This collection of creepy short stories is filled with all sorts of beasties and very, very bad people. There is a dread and basic fear that bind all these tales: some that go back to our childhood fears, others that come with advanced age. The frailties of humanity and goodness are exposed and threatened in every story. Pick this up!
Fawrindhga
I'd never read John Connolly( Michael Connolly is better known on this side of the ocean) but at a friends recommendation I picked this one. I like anthologies and this was written in crisp and clear style with underlying mystery and old fashioned ghost/ Gothic rather than " eeew" horror. I found his writing descriptive without going off on tangents and easdy to follow but not simplistic.
My favorite story was the shortest, The Earlking". I remember a creepy old poem about this mythological forest spirit and his take on exactly what the Earlking wants will creep you out.
I'll definitely read more John Connolly.
Bloodfire
I loaned out my first copy to some untrustworthy book-snatcher who shall remain unnamed, and I guess they liked it so much that they decided to keep it indefinitely. Unfortunately, I also really liked this book, so... I bought another.
I should probably preface by saying that I've never read any of Connolly's true adult books, which according to the other reviews is clearly blasphemous and should be rectified immediately. I have read "The Book of Lost Things" (which probably rates in my top 10), "The Gates" (which I found entertaining, but didn't measure up to "Lost Things"), and of course, Nocturnes.
Nocturnes is fantastic. It's a fast read, and because the stories are short, it's hard not to say "just one more before lights out." It's a collection of around-the-campfire-esque horror stories that rely on a masterful chill factor over gruesome details and gore to drive the point home. It's got a lot of the X-Files, other worldly type horror, as opposed to the hack-n-slash, Jack the Ripper, "realistic" kind.
It'd probably be safe reading for older kids, maybe ten and up, but maybe a little too spooky for the younger set. Then again, I'm 26 and still make sure the closet door is shut after I read this stuff, so I may not be the best judge on that one.
Breder
This was excellent. It has it all, vampires, ghosts, super metastasizing cancer(a little bit depressing that one) a Charlie Parker short story(brilliant), Lilith, a sinister circus, ancient burial grounds, witches, lost lovers, and demons, among other things. A really enjoyable collection of stories that can be read in sequence or dipped into now and then. The stories make you think, and it’s your imagination that will tend to gross you out.
Ausstan
John Connolly's books are eerie, disquieting, and unsettling. Often I would have to take a break to calm my nerves. With his collection of stories, I can at least finish one and then get calm. Connolly's style keeps the reader engrossed and at least, for me, somewhat uneasy. I love his writing--so descriptive yet flowing. If you have never read him, this is a good taste. If you are a long time fan, these stories make a great snack.
Jozrone
These are short stories with a Charlie Parker novella thrown in, one of John Connolly's main characters in his full length novels. If you haven't read the Charlie Parker novels, do so in order if possible. If not read them anyway! I guarantee, you will love them. All of the other short stories are different, scary, sometimes chilling. Read them, too. Make sure you are not alone, though.

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