Welcome to Eddie’s Tavern, the only functioning waterhole in a near-dead town. Among the people you’ll meet tonight are: Tom, Milestone’s haunted lawman, who walks in the shadow of death; Gracie, the barmaid, a wannabe actress, doomed to spend her hours tending bar in a purgatory of her father’s making; Flo, the town seductress, who may or may not have murdered her husband; Cobb, a nudist awaiting an apology from the commune who cast him out; Wintry, the mute giant, whose story is told only in cryptic messages scribbled beneath newspaper headlines; Kyle, the kid, who keeps a loaded gun beneath the table; and Cadaver, who looks like a corpse, but smells real nice, and occupies his time counting stacks of pennies.
And then there’s Reverend Hill, who will be in at eleven, regular as clockwork, to tell them who’s going to die, and who’s going to drive.
Welcome to Eddie’s, where tonight, for the first time in three years, nothing will go according to plan.
Not for the faint of heart. This book is out there and it was fun to escape to a place where you have no idea what will happen next. The dead don't stay dead and living wish they weren't and deer speak and cigar store Indians are a pretty good shot with a bow and arrow.
Midnight Theatre is a treat for horror lovers everywhere.
This collection of 5 shorts begins with Precious Blood. Father Duncan Malloy is a priest at a small Catholic Church in Ireland and just before closing the doors for the night, he is coerced into the confessional by someone who's been around for a very, very long time.
From a vampire tale in Ireland to a story of the undead in New Orleans, next up is Relish, which starts with Jerry Thornton "naked, tied up in the the dark, in the middle of nowhere and he didn't know why."
I thoroughly enjoyed Hell-O-Ween. There's something about demon children "Trick or Treating" in Hell that just makes me smile.
There's also Patrick Oswald Edwards, a piece which reminded me of Edgar Allen Poe, might've been the reference to The Pit and the Pendulum, but I was actually thinking of Poe before I even got to that part.
Chapman finishes strong with a story about time in The Breadth of An Instance. My favorite or as Greg would say, "favourite", he's Australian after all.
All 5 stories are imbued with strong prose, something he has in common with Canadian Horror writer Rio Youers. That's pretty good company.
Going into this collection, I knew that Greg Chapman excelled at the Novella, having given 5 stars to both Torment and The Noctuary. After reading Midnight Theatre, I am convinced he can write short fiction as well. I just wish he's get around to writing a full-length novel. Something I could really get lost in for a few days.
As of the writing of this review, Midnight Theatre, is available for free from Smashwords. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41734