As with his previous book, Bad Men, this a departure for Connolly. As with his previous book, it's not quite as super as his Charlie Parker series, but that doesn't mean it isn't grand nonetheless. Beautifully bound, it's a collection of short horror stories, and two novellas, one of which - "The Reflecting Eye" - features Parker, and means that this collection is a must for fans of the series.
It's a rich collection, there is no denying it. It's a kind of compendium of influences, and a homage, too, with hints of everyone from Stephen King to Edgar Allan Poe to Ray Bradbury. There's not a bad story amongst them, though a couple are slightly less great than others. Far outweighing those, though, are the standouts. "Deep Dark Green" is a superb little piece, and "The Inkpot Monkey" is once again brilliance, as it was in Karin Slaughter's "Like A Charm" anthology, in which is was far and away the best story. "Miss Froom, Vampire" has a sly little sting in its tale, and "The Cancer Cowboy Rides", the opening novella, is absolutely great also.
Nocturnes is a huge sucess, and again shows that Connolly can do a lot more than just Charlie Parker. It's a fond evocation of the history of an entire genre, while bringing new things to it as well, namely Connolly lyrical and vivid use of language. I reccomend it wholeheartedly to Connolly fans, and fans of the horror genre. I would be reccomending it just as strongly even if the Parker novella wasn't included, which says quite a lot, I think.