Title: Coffee at Midnight
Author: Brandon Ford
Narrator: Michael Butler
The clock strikes 12:00. A full moon hangs beyond the windowpane as the fireplace flickers and pops. Time to curl up in your favorite easy chair with a steaming mug and a cozy blanket. It’s going to be a long night. Follow a bevy of buxom ex-call girls as they embark on a cross-country road trip and happen upon a crashed UFO. Join a trio of friends as they assemble for a rooftop barbecue and share their darkest secrets. Watch as an intoxicated bridesmaid stumbles her way through a crowded wedding reception to give an impromptu toast, but instead bears her soul. Listen in on a heated telephone conversation between a jealous boyfriend and his coed girlfriend as she shares a strange story concerning a bizarre favor. Between the covers of this unusual collection, you’ll find these stories and many more, all guaranteed to tempt, tantalize, titillate the senses. In Brandon Ford’s Coffee at Midnight, you’ll experience a grab bag of ooddball situations and meet an array of quirky characters. So make sure the coffee’s strong, the fire’s warm, and the blanket’s soft. This’ll be a night you won’t soon forget.
I’ve read just about everything that Brandon Ford has to offer in the horror genre.
That being said, it was interesting to hear him branching out other genres. This collection of delightful literary tales covers just about everything from bickering old couples to vengeful wedding toasts and childhood feats of strength.
Even though the stories are short, the characters are well thought out, realistic, and it was easy to relate to the qualms of every MC. In the usual Brandon Ford way, each story ends with a sort of twist.
My favorites in the collection were:
The Claw End: An old married couple bickering over a photo frame takes a violent turn.
Under Your Spell: A hypnotist uses his powers for evil to pursue the love his life who coincidentally also happens to be the love of his identical brother’s life as well.
Tastes Good: Upon stumbling into a crime scene, a college student assumes it’s a prank and promptly licks the blood off the corpse.
Narration was solid and straightforward.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.