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A collection of twelve previously published suspense and horror short stories by award-winning thriller writer, Brandon Massey. The stories contained in DARKER THAN NIGHT include: Granddad’s Garage: Was their beloved grandfather just a pack rat? Or a guardian of forgotten treasures? Daddy’s Little Girl: Her father was so overbearing that he'll go to any lengths--even mu A collection of twelve previously published suspense and horror short stories by award-winning thriller writer, Brandon Massey. The stories contained in DARKER THAN NIGHT include: Granddad’s Garage: Was their beloved grandfather just a pack rat? Or a guardian of forgotten treasures? Daddy’s Little Girl: Her father was so overbearing that he'll go to any lengths--even murder--to keep his daughter safe . . . The Sting: One man's deepest fears come to terrifying life when he crosses the wrong person. After the Party: Getting pulled over by a cop in the middle of the night is only the beginning of your troubles. Hitcher: Never pick up strangers . . . no matter how beautiful . . . A Walk Through Darkness: Is it really possible to commit the perfect murder? The Monster: Is there something deadly under the bed--or is it only a figment of a child's imagination? Death Notice: She considered it her duty to report on the recently deceased . . . until they decided to reach out to her on their own . . . The Woman Next Door: Taking a bite of the forbidden fruit just might be your undoing . . . Presumed Dead: Sometimes, even though you really can go back home, perhaps you never should . . . because death might be waiting for your return. The Last Train Home: A hard-working young mother is plunged into the ultimate nightmare. Ghostwriter: A writer discovers an unexpected cure for writer's block--in the cemetery next door . . . AUTHOR'S NOTE: This book contains many stories that were previously published in TWISTED TALES, my short story collection that was released in 2006. PRAISE FOR BRANDON MASSEY'S THRILLERS: "I've been waiting a long time for a writer like Brandon Massey." -- Tananarive Due, award-winning author "An intense thriller . . . a wild ride!" -Kevin O'Brien, New York Times bestselling author “A razor-sharp thriller guaranteed to keep you turning pages well into the night. Start this one on your day off--you won't be able to put it down.” —Douglas Clegg, bestselling author of The Queen of Wolves and The Hour Before Dark "The talented Mr. Massey has the rare knack of grabbing the reader early and not letting go. Massey knows how to ratchet up the suspense." —John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author “A taut, involving, and utterly convincing thrill ride.” —Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author


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A collection of twelve previously published suspense and horror short stories by award-winning thriller writer, Brandon Massey. The stories contained in DARKER THAN NIGHT include: Granddad’s Garage: Was their beloved grandfather just a pack rat? Or a guardian of forgotten treasures? Daddy’s Little Girl: Her father was so overbearing that he'll go to any lengths--even mu A collection of twelve previously published suspense and horror short stories by award-winning thriller writer, Brandon Massey. The stories contained in DARKER THAN NIGHT include: Granddad’s Garage: Was their beloved grandfather just a pack rat? Or a guardian of forgotten treasures? Daddy’s Little Girl: Her father was so overbearing that he'll go to any lengths--even murder--to keep his daughter safe . . . The Sting: One man's deepest fears come to terrifying life when he crosses the wrong person. After the Party: Getting pulled over by a cop in the middle of the night is only the beginning of your troubles. Hitcher: Never pick up strangers . . . no matter how beautiful . . . A Walk Through Darkness: Is it really possible to commit the perfect murder? The Monster: Is there something deadly under the bed--or is it only a figment of a child's imagination? Death Notice: She considered it her duty to report on the recently deceased . . . until they decided to reach out to her on their own . . . The Woman Next Door: Taking a bite of the forbidden fruit just might be your undoing . . . Presumed Dead: Sometimes, even though you really can go back home, perhaps you never should . . . because death might be waiting for your return. The Last Train Home: A hard-working young mother is plunged into the ultimate nightmare. Ghostwriter: A writer discovers an unexpected cure for writer's block--in the cemetery next door . . . AUTHOR'S NOTE: This book contains many stories that were previously published in TWISTED TALES, my short story collection that was released in 2006. PRAISE FOR BRANDON MASSEY'S THRILLERS: "I've been waiting a long time for a writer like Brandon Massey." -- Tananarive Due, award-winning author "An intense thriller . . . a wild ride!" -Kevin O'Brien, New York Times bestselling author “A razor-sharp thriller guaranteed to keep you turning pages well into the night. Start this one on your day off--you won't be able to put it down.” —Douglas Clegg, bestselling author of The Queen of Wolves and The Hour Before Dark "The talented Mr. Massey has the rare knack of grabbing the reader early and not letting go. Massey knows how to ratchet up the suspense." —John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author “A taut, involving, and utterly convincing thrill ride.” —Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author

30 review for Darker Than Night: A Collection of Horror and Suspense Short Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lostaccount

    I won't go through all of the stories, just the ones that stuck out. After the Party: Black bloke, wearing a Blade outfit (he’s coming from a Halloween party) gets pulled over by a cop for drunk driving. Cop turns out not to be real cop. Some sort of Vamp thing in the woods near the roadside attacks our protagonist. Not much of a story and self indulgent. But I didn’t let this put me off and I’m glad I didn’t because the stories that followed were much better. The Sting: A big ego lawyer who doesn’ I won't go through all of the stories, just the ones that stuck out. After the Party: Black bloke, wearing a Blade outfit (he’s coming from a Halloween party) gets pulled over by a cop for drunk driving. Cop turns out not to be real cop. Some sort of Vamp thing in the woods near the roadside attacks our protagonist. Not much of a story and self indulgent. But I didn’t let this put me off and I’m glad I didn’t because the stories that followed were much better. The Sting: A big ego lawyer who doesn’t care much for his family of under achievers reluctantly attends family reunion with wife. He’s hacked off at being humiliated at the picnic get-together because he was given gatekeeper duty by 90 year old “Ma Dear” as a lesson in humility. He does a bit of a Jobsworth on it and refuses to admit anyone with no real family connection, turning away an old lady who claims she knew the family years. Turns out she's a witch, works with roots etc. No, not ginger roots! She holds grudges and puts a spell on our lawyer who gets attacked by hornets (one of his phobias, along with snakes). At relative's house next morning, he unleashes more bees that attack his wife this time, putting her in hospital. Everyone in the family is blaming him for pissing off the old hag who cursed him. So he seeks out the hag to sort this shit out. Ending was a bit predictable but I enjoyed the main character. Grandad’s Garage: Two brothers clean their grandfather’s shed after he dies, finding a lot of old junk, signed books by black writers mostly (Brandon Massey lives in a world where only black people exist apparently, but anyway …). This story didn’t seem to go anywhere and just fizzled out. The Monster: There’s a monster under a boy’s bed, and when his step father beats his mum and then tries beating him you can guess what’s going to happen. A throwaway story imo. Daddy’s Little Girl: A werewolf story about an over protective father, his daughter, and a werewolf slayer. The story was suspenseful but not my kind of subject matter. Ghostwriter: A writer who thinks he’s the African American Stephen king can’t get inspired to write his next book, so on his girlfriend’s suggestion, visits a graveyard at night, falls in an open grave and is rescued by a beautiful girl he falls in love with (well cheats with actually). She’s a writer too and visits the graveyard for inspiration. They get together every night. She's a kind of muse, inspiring the writer to finish his book. The problem with this story, although well written, is that I knew exactly what was going to happen next when he returned to the graveyard after finishing the book. Presumed Dead: This was the best story of the lot imo, a mix of crime/suspense/horror. A guy fakes his own death and leaves town because he owes over a hundred thousand in gambling debts to a small time crook (Big Daddy Jay), moves to Atlanta where he starts again and meets a "thick Georgia peach sister", whatever the hell that is. But the gambling (cards) is an irresistible urge, more irresistible than the "Georgia peach sister" apparently! He discovers that Big Daddy Jay is dead eight years after leaving and so returns to his home town, but a visit to Big Daddy Jay’s place where he gambled makes him think that BDJ is faking his own death as well. Someone sends him a message in the form of a playing card, a threat basically, that he’s going to get killed for what he owes. He decides to takes matter up like a man and go kill BDJ. Things don’t work out. The final scene and twist were brilliant. Didn’t see it coming and really enjoyed the story and set up. Not all of the stories are good but most of them are suspenseful. Correct me if I'm wrong but there are no white people in Mr Brandon Massey’s stories but I’m not going to hold that against him. If the stories were all crap, I probably would have though. But the collection turned out much more enjoyable that I expected after the first story, so I’m willing to overlook his seriously blinkered view of society.

  2. 5 out of 5

    JasonA

    Pleasantly surprised with this one, especially for a free e-book. My only real gripe (and the reason it didn't get 4 stars) was that nothing too bad ever seemed to happen to "good" people. It was always the "bad" character in each story that got attacked or killed by the end. You never had to worry about something bad happening to the "hero" of each story because you knew the asshole was going to get their's in the end. For me, horror is at it's best when it can happen to anyone for no reason. T Pleasantly surprised with this one, especially for a free e-book. My only real gripe (and the reason it didn't get 4 stars) was that nothing too bad ever seemed to happen to "good" people. It was always the "bad" character in each story that got attacked or killed by the end. You never had to worry about something bad happening to the "hero" of each story because you knew the asshole was going to get their's in the end. For me, horror is at it's best when it can happen to anyone for no reason. Those are the stories and movies that have you on the edge of your seat because you already know there are no rules. It might have worked out if the author threw you for a loop on one of the final stories and actually killed the good guy since we'd become accustomed to the pattern by then. Seems like a wasted opportunity to me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    Enjoyed the book.. each story was of appropriate length with interesting concept and unexpected ending. Overall 4.5 stars !!! Granddad's garage-0 star Daddy's little girl-3 stars (unexpected ending) The sting-3 stars After the party-4 stars (interesting) Hitcher-4 stars A walk through darkness-0 star Monster-0 star Death notice-0 star The woman next door-5 stars (scary) Presumed dead-0 star The last train home-4 stars (creepy) Ghostwriter-4 stars Enjoyed the book.. each story was of appropriate length with interesting concept and unexpected ending. Overall 4.5 stars !!! Granddad's garage-0 star Daddy's little girl-3 stars (unexpected ending) The sting-3 stars After the party-4 stars (interesting) Hitcher-4 stars A walk through darkness-0 star Monster-0 star Death notice-0 star The woman next door-5 stars (scary) Presumed dead-0 star The last train home-4 stars (creepy) Ghostwriter-4 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Enjoyed these stories I like short stories since there’s seldom any background or filler, just pure story. These aren’t pure horror, they’re thrillers with some supernatural, and they work.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janice Mitchell

    So far so good...spooky sometimes!

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    Dana Wilson

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    Miller Michelle

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    Chaka McKnight

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    Nicole Robinson

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    shekitta

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    Julie Ann Britland

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence

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