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A trilogy of horror tales selected from the award-winning writer's second full collection – HASTY FOR THE DARK – featuring more of the nightmarish visions and ghastly creatures that have been disturbing readers for years. In this book you'll find three stories of occult and demoniac horror. No blackmail is as ghastly as extortion from angels. A swift reckoning often trave A trilogy of horror tales selected from the award-winning writer's second full collection – HASTY FOR THE DARK – featuring more of the nightmarish visions and ghastly creatures that have been disturbing readers for years. In this book you'll find three stories of occult and demoniac horror. No blackmail is as ghastly as extortion from angels. A swift reckoning often travels in handheld luggage. No sign of life aboard an abandoned freighter, but what is left below deck tells a strange story. Praise for Adam Nevill's debut collection, Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors: "Nothing is sacred, nothing is safe, and goodness me, if you like horror fiction you’re going to absolutely love every damn minute." Pop Mythology “Beautifully crafted, original and complete works.” This is Horror "An outstanding anthology of career spanning short stories.” Gingernuts of Horror Praise for Adam Nevill's horror novels: "Adam Nevill is a spine-chiller in the classic tradition, a writer who draws you in from the world of the familiar, eases you into the world of terror, and then locks the door behind you." Michael Koryta, NYT Bestselling author "He has the rare ability to craft a nebulous atmosphere of terror, as well as to capture cinematic slasherpunk in the written word. Both are incredibly rare talents." Pornokitsch "The sense of dread is immediate, with the reader’s sense of foreboding increasing with every new page." Irish Examiner "Readers will lose all hope of peaceful, undisturbed sleep. Highly recommended.” Library Journal - Starred Review "Nevill's talent for horror resonates ominously in every scene, almost as if the theme from Jaws echoes when a page is turned." Kirkus


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A trilogy of horror tales selected from the award-winning writer's second full collection – HASTY FOR THE DARK – featuring more of the nightmarish visions and ghastly creatures that have been disturbing readers for years. In this book you'll find three stories of occult and demoniac horror. No blackmail is as ghastly as extortion from angels. A swift reckoning often trave A trilogy of horror tales selected from the award-winning writer's second full collection – HASTY FOR THE DARK – featuring more of the nightmarish visions and ghastly creatures that have been disturbing readers for years. In this book you'll find three stories of occult and demoniac horror. No blackmail is as ghastly as extortion from angels. A swift reckoning often travels in handheld luggage. No sign of life aboard an abandoned freighter, but what is left below deck tells a strange story. Praise for Adam Nevill's debut collection, Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors: "Nothing is sacred, nothing is safe, and goodness me, if you like horror fiction you’re going to absolutely love every damn minute." Pop Mythology “Beautifully crafted, original and complete works.” This is Horror "An outstanding anthology of career spanning short stories.” Gingernuts of Horror Praise for Adam Nevill's horror novels: "Adam Nevill is a spine-chiller in the classic tradition, a writer who draws you in from the world of the familiar, eases you into the world of terror, and then locks the door behind you." Michael Koryta, NYT Bestselling author "He has the rare ability to craft a nebulous atmosphere of terror, as well as to capture cinematic slasherpunk in the written word. Both are incredibly rare talents." Pornokitsch "The sense of dread is immediate, with the reader’s sense of foreboding increasing with every new page." Irish Examiner "Readers will lose all hope of peaceful, undisturbed sleep. Highly recommended.” Library Journal - Starred Review "Nevill's talent for horror resonates ominously in every scene, almost as if the theme from Jaws echoes when a page is turned." Kirkus

30 review for Before You Wake: Three Horrors

  1. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    Adam never fails to deliver unnerving horror that is masterfully written, and this trio of stories has just made me even more impatient for his next collection of stories ‘Hasty for the Dark’!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Before You Wake is three tales being offered for free in ebook form through Nevill's official website in anticipation of the release of Hasty for the Dark: Selected Horrors in October. The first story is The Angels of London is a story of a man down on his luck in London living in a horrible apartment building with an even worse landlord. It reminded me of a male counterpart to No One Gets Out Alive, but more satisfying. I also couldn't help thinking of this: The second story, Always in Our Heart Before You Wake is three tales being offered for free in ebook form through Nevill's official website in anticipation of the release of Hasty for the Dark: Selected Horrors in October. The first story is The Angels of London is a story of a man down on his luck in London living in a horrible apartment building with an even worse landlord. It reminded me of a male counterpart to No One Gets Out Alive, but more satisfying. I also couldn't help thinking of this: The second story, Always in Our Hearts has a driver (chauffeur? taxi? Uber?) who fondly thinks of accidents, road rage, and taking advantage of his customers and finds a fare who was a victim of a hit-and-run. Hippocampus is an eerie sea-tale of a ghost ship where the crew was attacked by some creature. A short teaser of stories and great for those looking forward to the new book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Cavendish

    Three very different, great short stories from the pen of one of modern horror's greats. The Angels of London is probably my favourite (althóugh I enjoyed them all). Set in a seedy lodging house with a landlord that makes Rigsby (remember 70s TV series Rising Damp?) look like a saint, this is the story of Frank and his descent into a personal hell as he discovers there is far more to his bedsit than mould, extortionate rent and strange house mates. The story unfolds and tension mounts until the Three very different, great short stories from the pen of one of modern horror's greats. The Angels of London is probably my favourite (althóugh I enjoyed them all). Set in a seedy lodging house with a landlord that makes Rigsby (remember 70s TV series Rising Damp?) look like a saint, this is the story of Frank and his descent into a personal hell as he discovers there is far more to his bedsit than mould, extortionate rent and strange house mates. The story unfolds and tension mounts until the final twist at the end. The next story, Always In Our Hearts, is a brilliantly mysterious tale of a cab driver who gets a seemingly lucrative fare, collecting and delivering a string of somewhat odd people and their even odder baggage. This one has a wonderfully twisted ending. Finally, the most unusual of the trilogy -- Hippocampus with its wonderfully descriptive and evocative prose. All in all, a great collection from an author who keeps on excelling at his craft.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nichola

    Full review yet to come.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leah Bayer

    4.5 stars This slim but effective trio of stories is a preview for Adam Nevill's next collection, and what a delicious appetizer it is. I found his first collection a bit hit-or-miss for me, but all 3 of these were absolutely fantastic (though very different stylistically). "The Angels of London." Dickens meets modern horror. This is the story of a man who moves into an apartment above a bar, and his landlord is... shall we say, a bit unusual. People who move into The Angel don't move out, and th 4.5 stars This slim but effective trio of stories is a preview for Adam Nevill's next collection, and what a delicious appetizer it is. I found his first collection a bit hit-or-miss for me, but all 3 of these were absolutely fantastic (though very different stylistically). "The Angels of London." Dickens meets modern horror. This is the story of a man who moves into an apartment above a bar, and his landlord is... shall we say, a bit unusual. People who move into The Angel don't move out, and there's something menacing in the attic. There is also a rather exceptional amount of poverty in The Angel, creating a deep sense of gloom independent of the actual horror of the tale. A strong start, though my least-favorite of the three. 4 stars "Always in our Hearts" A cabdriver gets a very strange request that leads him down a dark path. This is an unusual one, because in the beginning you think something incredibly disturbing is happening (like, "please Nevill don't be going down this path" disturbing), but the story veers off into an unexpected and incredibly satisfying direction. 4.5 stars "Hippocampus" By far the strangest of the three. This is about a boat floating empty in the middle of the ocean. We get narration of the aftermath of something, and it's essentially just a description of what the boat looks like now. Our unnamed narrator walks us through the corridors and rooms of the boat, with the content getting stranger and darker as the story goes on. It's a bizarre little story but I LOVED it. So odd and creepy and atmospheric. I'd love to have an expanded version of this, but at the same time the short & sweet, mysterious nature is what makes it so good. 5 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kaisersoze

    My first foray into the dark, foreboding world of Adam Nevill was an appetizing one. His detailed writing and capacity to build atmosphere were both immediately apparent, and in the case of the first two stories, I became enthralled as to how each was going to play out. Both were satisfying in their own way and represented an author on top of his game, combining supernatural creatures and events with protagonists who were both very flawed and (in some ways) all too real. Unfortunately, the third My first foray into the dark, foreboding world of Adam Nevill was an appetizing one. His detailed writing and capacity to build atmosphere were both immediately apparent, and in the case of the first two stories, I became enthralled as to how each was going to play out. Both were satisfying in their own way and represented an author on top of his game, combining supernatural creatures and events with protagonists who were both very flawed and (in some ways) all too real. Unfortunately, the third tale did almost nothing for me. An exercise in style over substance, it was a major let down when compared to what came before it. Still, there was more than enough here for me to be looking forward to reading some of Nevill's older works, and sometime soon seeing the first feature film adaptation of The Ritual. 3 Accidents You Shouldn't Drive Away From for Before You Wake: Three Horrors.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** I recently devoured Nevill’s other three-story collection, ‘Before You Sleep,’ and dived into this after finishing that one. I loved the three stories that were featured in ‘Before You Sleep,’ which made me excited for this mini-collection. We open with ‘The Angels of London.’ Easily my favourite story of the three. We follow Frank, a man trying his best to turn his life around, now living in a run-down apartment complex. The place is overseen ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** I recently devoured Nevill’s other three-story collection, ‘Before You Sleep,’ and dived into this after finishing that one. I loved the three stories that were featured in ‘Before You Sleep,’ which made me excited for this mini-collection. We open with ‘The Angels of London.’ Easily my favourite story of the three. We follow Frank, a man trying his best to turn his life around, now living in a run-down apartment complex. The place is overseen by the elusive Granby. Granby collects the weekly rent but doesn’t seem to do much else –no maintenance, no improvements. Instead, each week, he demands more money. Frank finally has enough and confronts him, which opens up a whole other level to this story. While at first, it had some tension, after a dire warning, things escalate and the ending is phenomenal. The second story was ‘Always in Our Hearts.’ I personally didn’t really enjoy this one. We follow a hired driver who heads to a location to pick up his next ride. On the surface it had some potential, but I just didn’t connect. The last story, ‘Hippocampus,’ was a return to form and I really enjoyed it. We arrive at a seemingly abandoned freight liner. Nevill gives us a POV tour through the ship. This made me feel like I was playing a video game where you are searching for someone or something, walking through each room and finding more and more carnage. Really had a lot of fun with this one. ‘Before You Wake’ was another fun outing from Nevill. I’ve now read the two free ebooks and know I need to take the deep dive next into a novel. I currently have three; Last Days, The Ritual and The Reddening. So I’ve decided to tackle Last Days and will be starting that tonight. I’m really excited to dive in and will keep you all posted about how that goes. Definitely check this quick collection out and for those who haven’t read Nevill yet – get on it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aiden Merchant

    This was my first time reading Nevill, his name having been memorized due to the success of The Ritual (which is still on my TBR list). After reading these three shorts, it's safe to say I like his style and want to read more of his horror. Though the third story didn't do anything for me, I really enjoyed the first two (especially the one that opens this small collection). The gothic vibes on that story were wonderful, and I loved the premise of the second one. I have another two collections of This was my first time reading Nevill, his name having been memorized due to the success of The Ritual (which is still on my TBR list). After reading these three shorts, it's safe to say I like his style and want to read more of his horror. Though the third story didn't do anything for me, I really enjoyed the first two (especially the one that opens this small collection). The gothic vibes on that story were wonderful, and I loved the premise of the second one. I have another two collections of his on my phone, and I will be starting them soon I'm sure.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Blake Blanco

    Amazing Adam Neville has a way of getting under your skin, the descriptions and the atmosphere that he creates are beautifully done. I can’t get enough of his work. I devour everything fervently and I can’t wait to share these stories with other horror fiction fans. In this collection the one that got to me the most was Hippocampus, from the very first sentence you just get this feeling that somethings not right, and as you continue reading the dread grows, brilliantly reaching into your subconsc Amazing Adam Neville has a way of getting under your skin, the descriptions and the atmosphere that he creates are beautifully done. I can’t get enough of his work. I devour everything fervently and I can’t wait to share these stories with other horror fiction fans. In this collection the one that got to me the most was Hippocampus, from the very first sentence you just get this feeling that somethings not right, and as you continue reading the dread grows, brilliantly reaching into your subconscious and gripping your imagination. He paints imagery so vividly, it’s as if I’m watching it unfold before me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Harsh Kumar

    I think Adam Nevill is a prolific writer. This one was good not great Three short horror stories out of which I really liked the second one the most. The other two were good enough. I am looking forward to read more of his books as I loved his novel the Ritual.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rohit Sawant

    Had a blast reading this sampler of Hasty for the Dark! Creepy, cleverly crafted trio of tales with startling, unique imagery. Atmospheric and richly written, especially that. I loved how tactile the stories were. Really looking forward to dive into the full collection.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bekki Milner

    A trio of terrible things that will follow you down unlit corridors. As a connoisseur of horror, I am delighted by these three chilling morsels. Whets the appetite for a main course, and luckily there is plenty more on the menu to choose from with Adam's other books. Highly recommended reading, especially at night, when the dark ones wait for you to put the book down and turn out the light! A trio of terrible things that will follow you down unlit corridors. As a connoisseur of horror, I am delighted by these three chilling morsels. Whets the appetite for a main course, and luckily there is plenty more on the menu to choose from with Adam's other books. Highly recommended reading, especially at night, when the dark ones wait for you to put the book down and turn out the light!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    If there's one thing I can count on in today's horror fiction, it's that Adam Nevill knows how to make me feel extremely uncomfortable within just a few eloquently formulated - beautifully so - sentences. I won't give away too much - I myself prefer to dive into short fiction head first and blindly. The first tale reminds of 'No One Gets Out Alive', as a fellow reviewer remarked - a basis, perhaps -, but is still anything but predictable. While 'Angels' sticks as a feeling of deep unease, the fi If there's one thing I can count on in today's horror fiction, it's that Adam Nevill knows how to make me feel extremely uncomfortable within just a few eloquently formulated - beautifully so - sentences. I won't give away too much - I myself prefer to dive into short fiction head first and blindly. The first tale reminds of 'No One Gets Out Alive', as a fellow reviewer remarked - a basis, perhaps -, but is still anything but predictable. While 'Angels' sticks as a feeling of deep unease, the final tale, 'Hippocampus', will leave you with images as foreboding as they are gory. All this bodes very well for the second story collection arriving in October - my only regret being that I now will have three stories less to experience afresh.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lindy

    I’m enjoying Nevill’s style. The Story Hippocampus was my favourite, it stayed with me for awhile. This is a warm up for Hasty in the Dark and/or Some Will Sleep. I’m planning on getting to both soon.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    Later in 2017 Adam Nevill releases his second full collection of short stories “Hasty for the Dark” and to get his hoard of hungry fans into the mood he has just dropped this three story teaser “Before You Wake: Three Horrors” In these three exquisitely crafted short stories you have a solid introduction to what one of Britain’s greatest living horror writers is all about. Long term fans will dive in greedily, but if you’re a newbie to Nevill, this taster is the perfect start to an author with a Later in 2017 Adam Nevill releases his second full collection of short stories “Hasty for the Dark” and to get his hoard of hungry fans into the mood he has just dropped this three story teaser “Before You Wake: Three Horrors” In these three exquisitely crafted short stories you have a solid introduction to what one of Britain’s greatest living horror writers is all about. Long term fans will dive in greedily, but if you’re a newbie to Nevill, this taster is the perfect start to an author with a back-catalogue to truly savour and explore at your leisure. Your Kindle is over-loaded with free or cheapie books so why do you need this one? Firstly, you may very well hear of Nevill in wider circles later in the year when the big screen version of his terrifying odyssey into a Swedish forest “The Ritual” appears in the cinemas. Secondly, if you dig this free collection there is an earlier trilogy also available for nada, check out Amazon for “Before You Sleep” which are taken from “Some will not Sleep” which was published last year. These 2016 offerings are just as unpleasant as the trilogy I’m about to describe. Thirdly, these stories are designed to lead you to his novels, as that’s where the true gifts and rewards lie for the discerning horror fan. The first story “The Angels of London” was a corker featuring the land-lord from hell. When luckless and down at heel Frank moves into a grotty room above a closed dilapidated pub called ‘The Angel of London’ he quickly regrets it. The place is worse than a dump [I happened to live in a pub just like it in South Tottenham (North London) in the mid-1990s called ‘The Mitre’ which thankfully is now a supermarket] and after a bad day poor Frank soon gets into an argument when his horrible landlord Granby taps him for a rent increase. Things then go from bad to worse for Frank and soon he’s even too scared to use the toilet on the landing after a fellow tenant hints about what lies in store if he defies the slimy Granby. As there is no negotiating with Granby. You can cut the tension with a blunt knife, and it really did time-warp me back to 1995, peeling wall-paper, a toilet with a peephole, worn-down carpet and all. A time and place I would rather avoid. Yuck, we’ve all lived in places we would rather forget. Story two “Always in our Hearts” was arguable even better. Taxi-driver Ray causes a hit and run death and after lying low for a while thinks he’s in the clear and starts going about his business, picking up taxi fares across run down council estates. The story kicks off when he picks up John from a really horribly rundown house, the rather unsettling jolly passenger takes a package with him which appears to have something moving in it. A sick pet perhaps? Ray is then instructed to take a series of different passengers here and there, most of which have shifty looking packages. Easy money soon oozes into something else… It really was a great story, full of dark humour and tension, filthy breadcrumbs dropped here and there, with the reader certain John will get his comeuppance, but how? Horribly unpleasant stuff which has a terrific flow to it, as the author effectively drops the reader into the taxi with Ray, but thankfully we don’t have to pick up the bill. The final story “Hippocampus” changes style entirely and is a darkly descriptive story set on an abandoned ship with no visible living beings. Where are the crew? Why is their abandoned uneaten food? Who has murdered who? Death is most certainly in the air. One can almost imagine walking through the after effects of some horrible crime or event with the reader feeling like he is intruding on something painful and that should be avoided. This moody little story is a nice conclusion to the trilogy and the change of pace is a clever one. If short stories aren’t you’re bag and this article has interested you enough to check out an Adam Nevill novel, where do you start? Here are some personal points of reference…. Are you looking forward to the new version of Stephen King’s “IT” but you’re a tad scared of ‘Pennywise the Clown’? Well, I’ll tell you this, Pennywise is a pussycat compared to what lives in the basement of 82 Edgware Road in “No One Gets Out Alive”. Or maybe you’re thinking of spending your hard earned cash on the film version of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower”? The word is the film is supposed to be crap, so instead try “Lost Girl” which gives another type of reality to King, an environment disaster brought on by global warming, but within the chaos a father refuses to believe his lost little girl is dead. A truly brutal read. Finally, maybe you’re bored of stereotypical bad guys and unkillable super-villains and you think you’ve seen or read it at all? Think again, in Adam Nevill’s “Last Days” an unlucky indie filmmaker researches into a long defunct cult until he unleashes ‘the Blood Friends’ a nasty which will have you examining the stain on the wall behind the fridge with edgy suspicion in no time at all. You might be next. All highly recommended, as are his other five novels. So stick your toes in the water. By taking a punt on “Before you Wake: Three Horrors” it could be the beginning of something special for you. On relatively few occasions, but it does occasionally still happen, I discover an author with an extensive back-catalogue to be explored and it can be an exciting moment deciding what to try next. If that’s you, and supernatural horror is your thing, Adam Nevill’s back-catalogue awaits.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A new collection of short stories by Adam Nevill, Hasty for the Dark’, will soon be published and 'Before You Wake' is a taste of things to come. The Three stories; The Angels of London. Always in Our Hearts and Hippocampus took me around an hour and a half to read so this is a nice treat if you've got a couple of hours spare. As with all Adam Nevill fiction this work is on the far side of surreal darkness and the brooding, eerie atmosphere begins right from the start. The ideas behind all three s A new collection of short stories by Adam Nevill, Hasty for the Dark’, will soon be published and 'Before You Wake' is a taste of things to come. The Three stories; The Angels of London. Always in Our Hearts and Hippocampus took me around an hour and a half to read so this is a nice treat if you've got a couple of hours spare. As with all Adam Nevill fiction this work is on the far side of surreal darkness and the brooding, eerie atmosphere begins right from the start. The ideas behind all three stories are unsettling and macabre but there's also a thread of beauty and tragedy written between the lines. Quite a heady mix. Adam Nevill is one of few authors who brings back to life my childhood terrors by creating believable situations which he distorts into extraordinary horror. One of my favourite authors if only for those reasons!. Also included with the stories are; Author's Forward, Publication History, More Horror from Adam L. G. Nevill (links to obtain a free download) and Author Biography. Thoroughly recommended and I'm looking forward to 'Hasty for the Dark'.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim Napolitano

    Amazing collection! 4.5 actually, I’m a big fan of this author and his story writing! He can can set mood and tone, characters weren’t developed enough for me to offer to much sympathy to their fates but that’s where short stories can sometimes limit an author to branch out. This it not a criticism, I throughly enjoyed every story! I look forward to every book he releases, on the top of my must read immediately. Highly recommended! Enjoy!

  18. 4 out of 5

    FU FU

    A wonderful trio of dark tales. Definite folk-horror vibes. Well-written in a classical style.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dom Voyce

    A free sampling of three horrors from Adam Nevill's forthcoming collection Hasty For The Dark. Adam excels at growing the sense of uneasy terror in his stories, slowly teasing the terrors into your mind's eye. A shadow here, a creaking stair there and before you know it it's too late to close your eyes. The three tales included here are a real treat. A free sampling of three horrors from Adam Nevill's forthcoming collection Hasty For The Dark. Adam excels at growing the sense of uneasy terror in his stories, slowly teasing the terrors into your mind's eye. A shadow here, a creaking stair there and before you know it it's too late to close your eyes. The three tales included here are a real treat.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    This is a rather tasty little three-horror book from Adam Nevill, a little taste of what's to come in his next compilation. If it's chills you want, then Adam is the guy for you. He never fails to deliver. There are no cheap thrills here, just honest to goodness spine-tingling horror at it's best. Read it if you dare. This is a rather tasty little three-horror book from Adam Nevill, a little taste of what's to come in his next compilation. If it's chills you want, then Adam is the guy for you. He never fails to deliver. There are no cheap thrills here, just honest to goodness spine-tingling horror at it's best. Read it if you dare.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dsjm Reviews

    Reviewed by: Demetrius Svette It is the choices we make in life that leads us to the ultimate trial for our ever-lasting souls. These choices are portrayed in each individual story that makes up Before You Wake, a collection of three horror stories from the occult and demonic perceptions. Nevill presents original characters that are played out in the worst possible environments you can imagine within each horrific tale that awaits you in this nail biting, unbearable and nerve wracking collection. Reviewed by: Demetrius Svette It is the choices we make in life that leads us to the ultimate trial for our ever-lasting souls. These choices are portrayed in each individual story that makes up Before You Wake, a collection of three horror stories from the occult and demonic perceptions. Nevill presents original characters that are played out in the worst possible environments you can imagine within each horrific tale that awaits you in this nail biting, unbearable and nerve wracking collection. Story telling at its finest, Nevill doesn’t just rely on gore- actually, there is very little as he focuses on the deception. He magnetizes you with the details of the scenes and the personalities of his characters- trapping you in the pages that could be seen through the eyes of the character in their mind as you continue to press on, trying to bare the words and thoughts continuously replaying in your brain. You slowly start to actually become afraid. You become afraid of the choices you decide on as he makes you rethink everything you do in the future. He will impact you in a way that most writers could not- I can only think of a few that will bring tears to your eyes from fear. Do you dare to open the pages to this demonic terror that lies before you? If you feel you are brave enough, I challenge you to go forth and discover the darkness that awaits in Before You Wake. True horror is important in films and books, as society has slowly done away with the fortitude and respect to horror. Horror is something we fear most but can creatively relate to in certain scenarios; putting us in the situation ourselves if we let our minds succumb to the horrors that are inside the book, film or television show. It makes us cringe, hide and become paranoid to the point of questioning how we would deal with the situation, making us wonder how you would survive. What would you do different or what could you have done to change the outcome? Nevill brings true horror for fans of the industry, putting you in the front and center of it all; not releasing your soul until he takes it within his pages and twists it, bending the very fabric of reality within yourself. True evil lies in the pages of Before You Wake. Interestingly enough, evil also lies within Adam Nevill as you can pinpoint that in his last name. With winning the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel for his novels- The Ritual, Last Days and No One Gets Out Alive- it is no wonder that his novels are currently in film development with Imaginarium Productions (co-founded by Andy Serkis- yes the same one who portrayed Smeagol from LOTR and Caeser from POTA) for an adaptation of The Ritual to be released as a major motion picture in the UK and Europe. The projected release date for that at time of writing this review is October 13, 2017- just in time for everyone’s favorite day: Friday, the 13th. Everyone loves free things, so stop and look into Adam Nevill as he will amaze your temptations and test your limits when it comes to horror. Adam offers two free books to readers of horror: 'Cries from the Crypt', which I will be reading soon, downloadable from his website and 'Before You Sleep' available from major online retailers.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ross Cumming

    This is another free Kindle collection of three Adam Nevill short stories this time taken from his second collection, due out in October. I enjoyed these stories more, especially ‘Hippocampus’ about a freighter ship battling its way through a storm with an unknown cargo on board. The other two tales tell of an unwelcoming and inhospitable lodging house and a taxi drivers bizarre and frightening journey. It is Nevill’s descriptive writing that I enjoy most and he is very adept at creating an unset This is another free Kindle collection of three Adam Nevill short stories this time taken from his second collection, due out in October. I enjoyed these stories more, especially ‘Hippocampus’ about a freighter ship battling its way through a storm with an unknown cargo on board. The other two tales tell of an unwelcoming and inhospitable lodging house and a taxi drivers bizarre and frightening journey. It is Nevill’s descriptive writing that I enjoy most and he is very adept at creating an unsettling atmosphere that draws you in to the heart of each story. Looking forward to reading the full collection when it’s published.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    This book consists of 3 short stories and is, I believe, a sampler for Mr Nevill's upcoming book of short stories. The first story is the longest and is an excellent tale of the type the author does so well: normal people lost in the big bad world. You don't want to read it if you're feeling at all fragile. Or, indeed, if you are at all empathetic :-) The other two stories are OK, nowt wrong with them, but they are very much in their predecessor's shadow. This book consists of 3 short stories and is, I believe, a sampler for Mr Nevill's upcoming book of short stories. The first story is the longest and is an excellent tale of the type the author does so well: normal people lost in the big bad world. You don't want to read it if you're feeling at all fragile. Or, indeed, if you are at all empathetic :-) The other two stories are OK, nowt wrong with them, but they are very much in their predecessor's shadow.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    I am now a fan of Adam Nevill. He is super creative. Any of the stories in this book could be a novel. I wish they were. I want to know what happened with the characters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    John Hosmer

    I don't read much horror (or short stories for that matter) and this is the first I've read from Adam Nevill, but I really enjoyed it. Beautiful writing with great pacing and seemingly innocent stories really draws you in. I am very interested in reading more from him. One of my favorite things (and some may consider this a MINOR spoiler) is that there isn't resolution to every story. I've always been annoyed by authors who give too much away too quickly and eliminate the fear / mystery / imagin I don't read much horror (or short stories for that matter) and this is the first I've read from Adam Nevill, but I really enjoyed it. Beautiful writing with great pacing and seemingly innocent stories really draws you in. I am very interested in reading more from him. One of my favorite things (and some may consider this a MINOR spoiler) is that there isn't resolution to every story. I've always been annoyed by authors who give too much away too quickly and eliminate the fear / mystery / imagination aspect from horror. Adam does a great job of creating tension by what he is NOT telling you and I think that's a big component of what makes a great horror story. Definitely worth your time to read - excited to delve into more of his work.

  26. 5 out of 5

    em

    Suspense building and clever The author really knew how to set the scene, in each story i felt like i was there, as a witness or the main character.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Keith Bell

    A small taste of 3 absolutely great tales, gritty, disturbing, and each individual that genuinely put me at unease, conjuring up things i didnt want to dream of, thanks:)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda Sfetsos

    After reading Adam Nevill's other free anthology, I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one... THE ANGELS OF LONDON: Well, this turned out to be a dark and disturbing creepy story dipped in a vat of paranoia. Frank rents a small dingy room above a shitty, derelict bar and pays way too much. Between his crappy security job and the annoying landlord hassling him for money, he wants to escape his life. But the real collectors don't let anyone leave... Such a grimy story. While reading it I actually fel After reading Adam Nevill's other free anthology, I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one... THE ANGELS OF LONDON: Well, this turned out to be a dark and disturbing creepy story dipped in a vat of paranoia. Frank rents a small dingy room above a shitty, derelict bar and pays way too much. Between his crappy security job and the annoying landlord hassling him for money, he wants to escape his life. But the real collectors don't let anyone leave... Such a grimy story. While reading it I actually felt the dust and dirt clinging to me. The imagery is pretty dark. I love it when angels are portrayed as the vile and violent creatures they really are. ;) ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS: What a bizarre story! It's a revenge story told through the eyes of the unsuspecting sinner. Ray is a taxi driver who finds himself going around in circles while dropping people off, and picking new ones up. Only to find himself back at the beginning... Such an uncomfortable story. The more I read of this one, the more I disliked the main character. He's obsessed with accidents and is way too pervy for my liking. So I kept waiting for a really bad thing to happen to him, because karma's a monstrous bitch. HIPPOCAMPUS: Okay, that was one very descriptive piece of narrative. There's an empty ship in the ocean filled with unfathomable horrors... Yep. That's all I'm going to say about this one because it's the best way to describe the experience. This isn't so much a short story, but a collection of details stitched together in the same way that a camera does as it pans out across a location, slowly revealing its many horrid secrets. This is another great collection. While I personally preferred the three stories in BEFORE YOU SLEEP, the writing in this anthology is so outstanding I couldn't help but be swept away by the imagery the words formed inside my head. Glad I bought two other anthologies by this author!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    “Before You Wake” is a trilogy of horror tales with an air of classic British horror - featuring visions, nightmares, and ghastly creatures, stories focusing on the occult and demonic horror. The first story is titled “The Angels of London” – about a man who moves to London for work, only to land up with a poorly paying job and dreadful accommodation, with a landlord from hell and unsympathetic co-tenants. Rules at 'The Angels' keep changing, but the only constant is once you move in, you never m “Before You Wake” is a trilogy of horror tales with an air of classic British horror - featuring visions, nightmares, and ghastly creatures, stories focusing on the occult and demonic horror. The first story is titled “The Angels of London” – about a man who moves to London for work, only to land up with a poorly paying job and dreadful accommodation, with a landlord from hell and unsympathetic co-tenants. Rules at 'The Angels' keep changing, but the only constant is once you move in, you never move out. The second story, “Always In Our Heart” brings the focus on drivers and the many road accidents they encounter/witness/cause. A cab driver receives a strange request from all of his passengers on one particular day – each one asks to be dropped off at a location where the next passenger is waiting, and the chain continues. The story which leaves the reader as puzzled as the driver with his odd passengers and their odd luggage, takes on a completely sinister and twisted turn as we drive through the day. “Hippocampus” is the third in the trio of terrible tales.There are no characters featured here, only the darkly descriptive narration of an abandoned ship and the horrendous aftermath of what happened on board. What starts off as an unnamed narrator taking a walk through the corridors, rooms and decks of a ghost ship, takes on a gory tone enveloped in a creepy atmosphere as the reader wonders what could have possibly happened. Individually I would rate the stories as 3/5 for 'The Angels of London', 4/5 for 'Always in Our Heart' and 5/5 for 'Hippocampus'. Overall, a must-read for horror buffs. If you have never read Adam Nevill before, 'Before You Wake' serves as an eerily good introduction to his style of supernatural horror. If horror is not your genre, then caution is advised - the book is creepy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Harsha Rithika

    While I was searching for new horror books I found this one on kindle📱 To be honest I don't like reading ebooks but as I'm craving for short horrors I bought it and read it in an hour or so👻 . There are totally 3stories in this edition . 1)The angels of London -A guy who is living in this horrible appartment gets into a fight with the creepy owner but his imaginary family won't let this guy leave and will let him pay no matter what😈👹 . I really liked this story it's different and creepy i'm actually a While I was searching for new horror books I found this one on kindle📱 To be honest I don't like reading ebooks but as I'm craving for short horrors I bought it and read it in an hour or so👻 . There are totally 3stories in this edition . 1)The angels of London -A guy who is living in this horrible appartment gets into a fight with the creepy owner but his imaginary family won't let this guy leave and will let him pay no matter what😈👹 . I really liked this story it's different and creepy i'm actually a bit confused as the mystery is not clearly explained or maybe I didn't get it but still it was a cool good story where I got Rosemary's baby feel(it's a total different story though) but you will surely get that ancient story vibes👺🤒 . 2)Always in our hearts - it tells about a careless and carefree taxi driver who doesn't give a shot about hit and run cases so what happens if the victim wants a revenge in a demonic way☠️💀 . It was predictable but still a good read and a different story🎃 I loved all the creepy passengers🧟it would have been great if it's a bit long👻 . 3)Hippocampus - This was my favourite it's not a story but it's just the description of what left behind after a massacre of some crew who visited the sea in a boat🛶🚣 . I love how it's written in a poetic way and just the author's description of bodies without any backstory🌊😥 . Definitely recommended if you want to read quick horror shorts👯 . 🌟My rating - 4.25/5👻

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