Book Review: Alone at Midnight by Scott Zavoda

Written By: carolmoye - Sep• 08•14

Book cover for Alone at Midnight by Scott ZavodaBook Description

Scott Zavoda delivers with hellish vividness and aching emotion. He’s unleashed seven tales that will claw at your soul. Already sold as singles, “Bobby” and “Beneath the Sand”, have garnered rave reviews. They’re included along with five more gripping stories.

Randy Bivins gets a shocking phone call two days before Christmas. The stranger says he stole his Christmas tree. What Randy discovers is maybe a tradition worth dying for. “Oh Christmas Tree”

Now that surfing, dating, and every aspect of a California retirement are off limits, he paints and pretends the beach isn’t so close. But traces of sand are showing up again in this Vietnam Vet’s house and that can only mean one thing. “Beneath the Sand”

Trapped in a morbid, bloody, decaying land, the hot breath of his pursuer lathers his neck. Jimmy wants to believe he doesn’t know where he is, but he can’t. “Castle Point“

Henry Conroy pilots a Navajo across the stormy Midwest with a coffin in the back. He knows the faster he gets there, the sooner that scratching sound will stop. “Fright Flight”

A simple fishing trip turns deadly for Danny and his disabled brother, Bobby. A gut-wrenching tale of two young brothers who will do anything for a day away from their abusive father and the constant bullying at school. But a wheelchair with a history might change everything. “Bobby”

Flowers for Mom and The Calling are two more stories with an evil twist.


My Review

I totally enjoyed reading this book. I love well-written short stories. I don’t always have the attention span for a novel, but not everyone has the skills to write great short stories. Scott Zavoda does. He is a very gifted writer. He creates wonderful characters who I almost immediately connected with. His stories are not just horror, but there is a bit of humor and romance as well. His characters, although flawed, are good people who have to deal with creepy, scary things, and they do it well. Like the others, I really appreciated his giving us the back stories.



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