Midnight Call And Other Stories by Jonathan Thomas

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  • August 2008
  • ISBN: 0979380693
  • Paperback

 "I feel that writing about writing often reveals more about the reviewer than the original authors work.  Reviewers can’t help but put our noses and likes and dislikes into a review.  When I was about 12-13 I used to go to a bookstore in Canada and they would have old copies of books 4 for a $1 and these were good books, often classics or at least pulp classics.  I read many horror short story anthologies and got my education from the masters of the form.

"Now where do you ask does Jonathan Thomas fit into this review?  Since you were good enough to ask I will tell you:  Jonathan Thomas is of the writing school of the masters.  His writing is dense, descriptive and very visual.  He writes well and has some interesting stories to tell.  His stories have different voices; he can change up the point of view and still come across as real, not a fake note in the book.  “Midnight Call and other stories” is a fine collection of varied well told tales.                                                                 

"He writes of the weird, the strange, the horrorifying and even a dash of science fantasy for color.  He is a very talented writer and would serve the reader well for an evening (you don’t read horror during the day) of surprises, scares and even a laugh or two. The tales range from “Eben’s Portrait’ which is old school gothic, to seductive pose of ‘Dr. Farrell’s Goddesses’ to gentle humor of ‘The Returns of Johnny Mapleseed’.

"Some books are to be enjoyed like fine wine (or warm blood) and Midnight Call and Other Stories is one of them.  The Insomniac is looking forward to reading more tales from Jonathan Thomas"

-- Horror News


"Honorable Mentions"  from Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Volume One:

Thomas, Jonathan "Eben's Portrait." .
Thomas, Jonathan "Into Your Tenement I'll Creep."
Thomas, Jonathan "Midnight Call."

An artist is summoned to paint the portrait of sinister Mr. Finster in a decaying mansion . . .
A suburban couple is vexed by the inveterate lawn-mowing of a ghost . . .
In ice-bound Vermont, one farmer’s crop is suspiciously bountiful . . .
A miniature nymph is found swimming in an office water cooler . . .

These are the bizarre conceptions of Jonathan Thomas, a powerful new writer of weird, horrific, and supernatural fiction who introduces himself to the reading public with this rich and varied short story collection. Thomas is, however, a practiced hand at terror-weaving, and his work spans the spectrum from comic fantasy to psychological suspense to science fiction. Unifying all his tales is a prose style of singular fluency and grace, enlivened by keen observation and mordant satire.

“Jonathan Thomas has an enviably impressive range—from the gentle to the gruesome, from science fiction through fantasy to the spectral and horrific—but his wit is reliable, and so is the clarity of his eye, and the precision of his prose. He’s an asset to all his fields.”—Ramsey Campbell.

“Thomas’s dynamism in plot-weaving and his pungently satirical prose testify to a prodigious fund of creativity and a fine eye for observing the little absurdities of life in the twenty-first century.”—From S. T. Joshi’s Foreword.

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