Midnight in New England by Scott Thomas
If you love the work of Edgar Allan Poe or H.P. Lovecraft, prepare to enjoy the same frisson while reading these original tales by Scott Thomas. In Midnight in New England, Thomas tells stories replete with touches of horror, mystery, and ghostly encounters that push their characters to the blink of madness. Eeriness abounds on this atmospheric collection of original tales, set in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New England.
Contents (Stories)
- The Dead of Midwinter
- Herrick's Inn
- Laben Blois's Death Pistols and Rain
- The Recurrent Silence
- The Collector in the Mill
- Marcy Waters
- Whispers
- A Million Dying Leaves Joseph Warren's Invention
- Sleep of the Flower God
- The Puppet and the Train
- The Copper Mask
- The Franklin Stove
- Widow's Pond
- Wrought-Iron Skeleton
- Sharp Medicine
- The Second Parsonage

Book Review

Midnight in New England was a okay book by Scott Thomas. I really liked some of the stories, but they were too short and some of them were short but dragged on too long, and it really messed up the story. But there are some really nice parts in the stories that I liked even when it kind of dragged on. I am going to tell you about some of the good parts in two of the stories called Herrick's Inn and The Second Parsonage. This book is a good book if you want to read a story fast like on a short trip or before going to sleep. The one thing I like about this book is that I can be done a story in about 15 minutes.

In The Second Parsonage, one of the stories I liked, I found it kind of interesting when the child tries telling his teacher that there was a dead man living in the second parsonage: “The days were growing longer, the woods greener, and the sunsets blushed like a bride. One fine day a student, the son of a farmer, approached my desk at the end of lessons. Squinting between freckles, his clothing seemingly made of dirt, this boy stood expectantly, creaking the floor, cracking his knuckles like beech pods” (166). This seemed really random that he would go to his teacher and tell him this secret about the dead man living in the second parsonage.

In the short story Herrick's Inn, this was more or less one of my favorite parts in this book, and I really liked how he was thinking about the baby's eyes when he was running away from the Inn: “His heartbeat matched the pounding of the hooves, as the mare galloped along the track. Even when John closed his eyes he could see the baby's face, like a small rotting pumpkin, the disintegrating flesh lit softly, internally, as if by a chunk of the moon. Mostly he saw the eyes, darker than a skull's, darker than the night into which his horse carried him” (19). This part was my favorite part, I could really picture how the baby look in my head by the way he wrote this part.

If you are a person who loves scary and mysterious books, this is made for you, even if the stories are short this book will pull you in and you wont want to stop reading this. Some of the short stories will have you thinking of them days after you finished the book. Some will give you nightmares and you wont be able to sleep for days maybe weeks. All I know is if you like scary things this book is for you.