Monday 9 April 2018

BEFORE YOU WAKE by Adam Nevill

Before You Wake: Three Horrors My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading Adam Nevill's other free anthology, I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one...


Well, this turned out to be a dark and disturbing creepy story dipped in a vat of paranoia.

Frank rents a small dingy room above a shitty, derelict bar and pays way too much. Between his crappy security job and the annoying landlord hassling him for money, he wants to escape his life.

But the real collectors don't let anyone leave...

Such a grimy story. While reading it I actually felt the dust and dirt clinging to me. The imagery is pretty dark. I love it when angels are portrayed as the vile and violent creatures they really are. ;)


What a bizarre story! It's a revenge story told through the eyes of the unsuspecting sinner.

Ray is a taxi driver who finds himself going around in circles while dropping people off, and picking new ones up.

Only to find himself back at the beginning...

Such an uncomfortable story. The more I read of this one, the more I disliked the main character. He's obsessed with accidents and is way too pervy for my liking. So I kept waiting for a really bad thing to happen to him, because karma's a monstrous bitch.


Okay, that was one very descriptive piece of narrative.

There's an empty ship in the ocean filled with unfathomable horrors...

Yep. That's all I'm going to say about this one because it's the best way to describe the experience. This isn't so much a short story, but a collection of details stitched together in the same way that a camera does as it pans out across a location, slowly revealing its many horrid secrets.

This is another great collection. While I personally preferred the three stories in BEFORE YOU SLEEP, the writing in this anthology is so outstanding I couldn't help but be swept away by the imagery the words formed inside my head.

Glad I bought two other anthologies by this author!

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