I loved this book. Gruesome and compelling, this is a wonderful collection of horror stories. S.P. Oldham is a gifted writer and lends a great style to this genre. Out of all the stories, Joe Gallows will haunt you. Looking forward to more great reading from this author.
S P Oldham writes in a way that will keep you gruesomely hooked. The stories are immersive and draw you along - each very different from others you may have read before. Watch out Stephen King, there's somebody here that will have you trembling on you pedestal...
Great stories the first story grips you into a world so normal yet terrifying you can't help but read it and wonder could this really happen. Finished the whole book in one day each story left you contemplating the fate of the characters. I have to say I didn't have one favourite amongst the stories they were all very well written. Looking forward to reading the hags breath next I'm intrigued to read more by this author and I wonder where she gets her inspiration from. Hopefully we will see more of her novels on amazon
“Wakeful Children” is a collection of diverse and chilling tales, well-defined characters and worlds rich with astute observations and vivid sensory details. From the semi-rural horror of “Joe Gallows”, the bleak internet chat-rooms of “Blank Screen” and the varied portraits of suburban dread in-between, this anthology of short-stories from S.P. Oldham evokes the menace of Stephen King, the slow-burning terror of H.P. Lovecraft, and the fatalistic spider-webs of Edgar Allen Poe.
And – as with every good short-fiction collection – there is an underlying theme: to read each subsequent story within “Wakeful Children” is to be absorbed deeper down into the eerie places Oldham creates across these startling and suspenseful snapshots, her prose illuminating a nexus half rooted in the tangible realm, and half which can only ever be glimpsed at the furthest reaches of mere perception.
The darkness of Joe Gallows, seeps into your brain and dares you not to stop reading. I am not generally a horror fan, but I had noticed the praise, that this story in particular, seemed to be receiving and decided to be nosey. I was not dissappointed and the chilling tale left me praising the author and her fluidity. I will look forward to reading more.
I loved this book. Every story was different and I loved the fact that some left you wondering what was going to happen. My favourite story was 'Joe Gallows', a gruesome but compelling story. Highly recommend this book.