Mrs. Midnight: and Other Stories by Reggie Oliver

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By Reggie Oliver

A television truth exhibit host is helping to revive an East finish tune corridor and uncovers the dreadful mystery of Mrs middle of the night and her Animal Comedians. . . . A historian travels to Switzerland to ghost the autobiography of an exiled Balkan king and encounters a sinister cult. . . . The grasp of an Oxford university attempts to introduce a doubtful piece of contemporary sculpture into his collage chapel with dire effects. . . . a wierd assembly happens on a enjoying box among an officer on go away from the trenches and his former headmaster. . . .
The settings and characters in Reggie Oliver’s 5th selection of ‘strange’ tales are as diversified and strange as ever, although, as in prior volumes, the theatre types the milieu of a couple of his stories. however the theatres aren't simply English ones, within the provinces and the West finish: one is at the Black Sea; one other in post-colonial Kenya. subject matters are both various, yet underlying all is a deep experience of the religious under-currents slightly under the outside of daily life, and the precariousness of ‘normality’.

Reggie Oliver is an English playwright, biographer and author of ghost tales. His paintings has seemed in a couple of anthologies, together with the Year’s most sensible myth and Horror and The tremendous booklet of top New Horror.

Mrs middle of the night and different tales comprises: "Mrs Midnight", "Countess Otho", "Meeting with Mike", "The Dancer within the Dark", "Mr Pigsny", "The Brighton Redemption", "You don't have anything to Fear", "The Philosophy of the Damned", "The Mortlake Manuscript", "The Look", "The Giacometti Crucifixion","A Piece of Elsewhere", "Minos or Rhadamanthus".

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She opened her eyes and saw the ceiling. On either side were shelves of groceries: cans of soup and chili on the left, cookies and crackers on the right. Even without moving, she knew what had been done to her. She could feel the gritty, cool wood under her bare skin. She could feel hot areas where her skin had been mauled. Her nipples burned and itched. So did her vagina. She felt stretched and battered inside. Her eyes filled with tears. Raising her head, she looked down at herself. Her breasts were red as if they had been wrung.

She leapt onto the stoop. Sliding her key into the lock, she glanced over her shoulder. Her blue Granada stood in the driveway, looking as it should, as if nothing were wrong. For an instant, Lacey questioned herself. Had she imagined the cough? No. He’s in there. In the trunk. She shoved open the front door, shut and bolted it behind her, and rushed across the living room. She dropped her handbag on the dining room table. Skirting the table, she entered her bedroom and flicked on a light. She rushed to her bed.

Laveda drew out her dagger. Standing near the fire, she raised it high and slowly turned in a circle. ” they roared. The drums rumbled. The congregation, still kneeling, swayed to the rhythm. ” Laveda yelled, wandering among her people. “It flows and winds. We shall drink from its shores, this night. We shall drink its all powerful waters and take its power into ourselves. The river is endless. Its waters flow forever. ” She stopped and placed her open hand on the head of the beautiful young mulatto.

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