After Midnight

Have you ever had the creepy feeling someone or some thing is following you, lurking in the shadows just beyond your sight. So do I.  Whenever I stroll through a graveyard after midnight or explore a dilapidated, defunct insane asylum in the deep recesses of the basement, I have that feeling. But each time I feel the adrenal pumping and my blood running cold. Nothing happens.

Now I’m sitting at home watching the most gut-wrenching horror film I can find. I have only one candle burning, scary music playing, and a life-sized werewolf mannequin sitting on the sofa across from me. Waiting…for some thing to happen.

Wait! Is that the front door opening? I know I locked it. Or did I. Who or What would be darkening my doorstep after midnight. What’s that fetid, gravelike smell?

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I have written 171 short stories so far in my quest to exceed Ray Bradbury's 400 short stories. It goes without saying it will be an uphill climb. My web site,, includes sample stories from all ten horror story collections. Since reviews are the life's blood of every author, I would greatly appreciate a review of any of my books on and hold anyone who does in high esteem for all eternity. Stephen King is my favorite horror writer, and I admire what King has accomplished in the horror genre in terms of movies made from his considerable volume of work. My Coffeesmoke channel on You Tube has amassed over 2,600,000 hits, mostly from my "Dead Celebrities" videos. I love movies and had seen over 1,500 by the age of 13 when there was snow on 13 channels after midnight. My favorite horror movies are Halloween, Night of the Living Dead, and the Evil Dead. My favorite movie of all time Is Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life with James Stewart. My favorite authors are Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Robert B. Parker , Clive Cussler, James Patterson, Jeffery Deaver, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allen Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, James Lee Burke, Richard Matheson, Lee Child, Jack Ketchum& Jack Kilborn/Konrath.
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