Wakeful Children is a collection of eleven short stories and is the first I have read from this author. I read a lot of anthologies and collections of shorts, and it is unusual for me to thoroughly enjoy every one of the stories. Wakeful Children was an exception. The first story, Joe Gallows, was more brutal than I had expected, and is probably my favourite if I had to choose one, closely followed by The Orchard, and The Face of the Gale. All in all, Wakeful Children is a fantastic collection, beautifully written, completely absorbing, and highly recommended.
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.
It’s been years since I’ve read horror fiction. As a teenager I’d avidly read by torch light, Stephen King and James Herbert and scare myself stupid.
Wakeful Children took me straight back to those scary nights, I was deliciously scared by the startlingly nasty and viscous stories. They start off so normal and lull you into a safe and comfortable place, swiftly descending into utter horror and shocking unease.
Loved them, absolutely need some more. Perfect bedtime reading.
An author to watch out for! !!!!!! These tales kept me captivated and on the edge of my seat. Thrilling and intense once I started to read the book the tales are terrifying but keep you infatuated to read on!!! Easy reading and well written Looking forward to the next book! By S Oldham
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...
Sat and read this book in one sitting on Christmas eve. Not your normal Christmas reading but I was hooked from the first page and couldn't put it down. Every story has you gripped and each one is better than the last. To say I was disappointed when the book ended would be an understatement. I can't wait to read more from this author.