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Midnight Movie Creature Feature [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Dries , Eric Dimbleby , DK Mok , Jim Sylvestry , Chantal Boudreau , Tom Ribas , Craig Wallwork , David Perlmutter , Bennie Newsome , E.A. Black , TW Brown

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Please step inside the May December Multiplex!

Check out any of our seventeen screens for tales that will titllate, tease, and terrify. Lesbian zombies? We got 'em! Along with vampires, werewolves, swamp creatures and a host of other nasty beasties. Inside, you will find the first B-Movie Horror Story written for geology junkies!* Yes, come in and enjoy the show. And the best part is...your ticket is good for every screen! No need to sneak from one theater to the next...it is ALL included in the price of admission!

Hurry and find your seat, the show will start as soon as you are ready!

*We base this claim on nothing more than our own best guess. It has no basis in fact and may be an outright lie!

This anthology contains A Golem in Ozone Park starring Jim Sylvestry,
The Lure starring Chantal Boudreau,
A Zinger Must Die starring David Perlmuter,
The Pit starring Terry Alexander,
The Spine-Tingling Tale of the Crystal Golem starring Tom Ribas,
Just the Two of Us starring Anthony Bell,
The Fish Boy starring Eric Dimbleby,
And the Dark Growls Back starring Aaron Dries,
Visitor starring Kelley Kombrinck,
Frightening Cliches starring Bennie Newsome,
Dead Planet starring Ryan Hillis,
Hayride starring Joseph A Polega,
Fish Out of Water starring Carl Barker,
From Rebirth to Reburial starring M.W. Williamson,
North starring MJ Wesolowski,
Revenge of the Zombie Pussy Eater starring Craig Wallwork, and
Keeping it Together starring DK Mok,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: May December Publications LLC (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZU258U
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror and nostalgia... March 4 2012
By Gregory Hadley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In my youth, my idols were Vincent Price, Elvira and Edgar Allen Poe. I would read the stories of Poe when I could not watch Vincent Price and Elvira on television. This anthology gave me a sensation, memories of the old excitement I felt as a child when a new movie or program or story was just beginning...
This anthology has incredible art work preceding every creature feature. The stories were well written, the tales were reminiscent of the old creature features. The tales were told in the proper way, the reader does not have waste time waiting for the monsters to appear. Werewolves, zombies, Sasquatches, swamp monsters and aliens are some of the creatures that are included in the stories.
I will cherish this anthology, if I am ever feeling wistful while longing for the old Friday Night Frights? I will read the Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology! And remember a time when creatures made my young heart beat fast with fright, while the adrenaline raced through my blood...
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Horror Anthology! Dec 6 2011
By Ursula K. Raphael - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In my opinion, this anthology is the best one that MDP has put forth so far. If they continue to increase the quality of their story collections in this manner, I think they will lead the market in horror anthologies, the way Permuted Press leads the pack in zombie novels. Even the introduction by TW Brown was much better than previous intros in other MDP anthologies. Other than the distracting little icons throughout the book, I was really pleased overall with the editing job this time around.

I have no idea how MDP selects the authors, but this was a stellar cross-section of horror writers. There were a couple of stories I would have replaced with something by established MDP authors like Michael Evans or DA Chaney, but maybe the ones that didn't appeal to me will appeal to others nonetheless. When I read such incredible original stories like these, I wonder why more people don't give the horror genre more credit for its literary accomplishments.

A Golem In Ozone Park by Jim Sylvestry was based in serious Jewish mythology and mysticism, and that really appealed to me on a personal level. Unfortunately, I felt like the author was stressing the Jewish-ness of the story more than the actual horror. I didn't think this made a very good lead-in for the anthology, but at least it was entertaining.

The Lure by Chantal Boudreau was a perfect example of what a short story should be: went straight to the terror, like a double-tap with a pen instead of a gun. If you happen to be a fan of the show River Monsters, you will LOVE this story. It will scare you senseless with the imagery.

A Zinger Must Die by David Perlmutter is a mix of sci-fi and horror with some campiness for flavor...a "cartoon race" of beings really made this story stand out from the rest with a brilliant mix of comedy and tragedy.

The Pit by Terry Alexander kind of looked like a rough draft version of a werewolf tale. The plot was pretty decent with a man trying to get his daughter back from the pack leader.

The Spine-Tingling Tale of the Crystal Golem by Tom Ribas symbolized the true spirit of the anthology, complete with the cheesiness of weekly horror movie cinema series (think black & white movies). The beginning was a great hook, but I didn't find anything really frightening in this story. The ending was actually charming.

Just The Two of Us by Anthony Bell was one of my favorites in this collection, about a boy, a bully and a monster. Kids should have to read this; pretty sure this would end school-bullying and then some...then again, kids would probably need therapy if they read this.

The Fish Boy by Eric Dumbleby was another favorite: completely disturbing and gruesome tale about why you shouldn't get drunk when you're camping by the river with your kids.

And The Dark Growls Back by Aaron Dries is a great example of a horrifying story without a fictional monster...sometimes real life is bad enough.

The Visitor by Kelley Kombrick is kind of like a Bigfoot story, but with a slow set-up, and more description than action. Nice use of suspense though.

Frightening Clichés by Bennie Newsome was an AWESOME story about swamp monsters...one of the best in the anthology!! MDP should seriously consider releasing this as an independent e-story *hint, hint* The ending was superb! I want to use lots of caps and exclamation points to tell you how much I LOVED THIS STORY!!! I would really enjoy reading a full-length novel based on the main character.

Dead Planet by Ryan Hills was a space zombie story -- a theme I've seen before... this story simply wasn't as original or fear-provoking as the anthology stories...but nice to see zombies somewhere other than Texas for a change.

Hayride by Joseph A Polega is a story that reminded me of the good ol' days when Stephen King used to write about scary stuff...LOVE THIS STORY! I thought the Mom did a great job of consoling her young son on a hayride with a brutal ending.

Fish Out of Water by Carl Barker was kind of like Jules Verne on crystal meth...incredibly intense and severely alarming.

From Rebirth to Reburial by MW Williamson was demonic adventure in horror that is a must-read in the anthology.

North by MJ Wesolowski had a great story concept that, thankfully, did not include the typical snow monsters (definitely NOT Yetis)...heavy on the descriptions, but necessary to prepare the reader for the stunning finale. I LOVED the manipulation of the timeline. The writing style worked very well for this chilling tale.

Revenge of the Zombie [...] Eaters by Craig Wallwork has a censored title, so that Amazon would let post this review intact. The author wastes no time with a set-up, and jumps directly into the gore (nice touch with the tampon detail...eeewwww). BEST. ZOMBIE. TWIST. EVER...title is not an attempt to be shocking, but rather quite literal. Also qualifies as WEIRDEST. STORY. EVER. I will never think of genitals the same way again. This story needs its own genre...for now, I would place it somewhere near bizarro.

Keeping It Together by DK Mok was mesmerizing: a mix of undead...zombie vs. vampire, with lots of other supernatural stuff tossed in, but nothing traditional or glittering about this story. I enjoyed the intimacy of the POV as well. Not sure if I will ever order pizza again though...nice ending to the anthology.

If I could, I would give this 4.5 stars, but there are plenty of fabulous 5-star stories in this anthology that deserve the attention, so I'm giving this anthology 5-stars. I hope MDP sticks to this formula for future anthologies. I would enjoy a Volume Two of this particular theme. *hint, hint*

I also recommend checking out the other anthologies by MDP, such as Hell Hath No Fury... or Chivalry is Dead.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, eclectic mix of the gross/ campy/ funny/ touching/ suspenseful; Home run for May December Pubs Feb. 1 2012
By Jim Silvestri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
(Full disclosure: I wrote the first story here. Moving on...)
"Midnight Movie Creature Feature" is a pretty excellent cross-section of monster-themed stories courtesy of May December Publications. Most stories range from B-movie camp to full-out gore, but there's something for everyone here. Small press edit errors aside, this is a pretty well-packaged and thick volume of varied tales of schlock and suspense.

Stand-outs for me:

1) DK Mok's "Keeping it Together": Funny and poignant tale of a zombie pizza boy.

2) Aaron Dries' "And the Dark Growls Back": Genuinely excellent character study, peppered with true gore and suspense.

3) Kelly Kombrinck's "The Vistor": Another good fusion of well-developed characters, realistic narrative and eerie chills.

4) Chantal Boudreau's "The Lure": Brutally, beautifully simple and somber Man v. Fish tale.

5) Tom Ribas' "The Spine-Tingling Tale of the Crystal Golem": It takes a few pages to realize that this is deftly-delivered camp and not just the work of a madman.

6) Bennie Newsome's "Frightening Cliches": Amusing and creepy meta monster moshpit.

7) Joseph A. Polega's "Hayride": Did not see that gruesome little twist coming whatsoever.

8) Craig Wallwork's "Revenge of the Zombie Pussy Eaters": Great use of pithy wordplay and some sickening gore leads to a surprisingly touching close.

I can go on... M.W. Williamson and MJ Wesolowski's contributions were also top notch. Basically, wherever you fall on the Taste Spectrum, you're coming away with a new favorite short story when you're done with this anthology.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror the way it should be. May 13 2012
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If your a hard core horror fan then you should be familiar with the books of May December publications. May December has put some great horror anthologies together that any fan of the genre can appreciate. A good example of this is an anthology called Midnight Creature Feature. In the introduction the editor, TW Brown dedicates this book to anyone who stayed up late to watch scary movies after their parents went to bed. This book manages to take you back to a time when you we're a kid and you couldn't wait for the monster to appear on screen in a horror movie.

Every story in this book has some kind of monster in it, including zombies, werewolves, golems, aliens, demons and swamp monsters. Some of the stories are funny, some are scary and some are a little bit of both. A couple of stories here could easily fit into the science fiction and action genres as well, proving that there is a little bit of everything in this anthology.

One of my favorites in this book is The Lure by Chantal Boudreau. This one is a fishing tale where a man has a vendetta against a fish. The problem is the fish is 10 feet long with teeth the size of daggers and has powers that make it a very hard fish to catch. What makes this story great is the use of imagery and how it makes you feel sorry for the man trying to catch the fish even though he's a monster himself.

I also loved the story The Pit by Terry Alexander. The monster in this story is a werewolf and its being hunted by a man who is hoping to get his kidnapped daughter back. I liked this one because it was an action story with a lot of gore thrown in. I also liked the two main characters and how their personalities we're described in the story.

My two favorite stories we're comedy with a little horror mixed in. The Spine Tingling Tale of the Crystal Golem by Tom Ribas is a funny story about a monster made of crystals reeking havoc on a small town. This story makes the point that its not easy being a soulless killing machine. My other favorite was Frightening Cliche's by Bernie Newsome. This one follows a horror author and his wife as they try to escape from an army of swamp monsters. What makes this story fun is the interaction between husband and wife.

Another great thing about this book is before each story there is a movie poster and the art for all of them is excellent. I mainly loved this book because it reminded me of why I fell in love with the horror genre as a kid. When I watched a horror movie I wanted to be shocked, scared and hopefully get a few laughs. I also wanted to see a monster terrorizing its victims. Midnight Creature Feature delivers the scares and the laughs and is a book that every horror fan should read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Night Undead (plus werewolves) May 7 2012
By A. E. Drury - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Creature Feature is the title of television shows broadcast beginning in the late 60's throughout the 70's and 80's in practically every city in the US. The movies broadcast on the various shows generally classic and cult horror movies of the 1930s to 1950s, the horror and science-fiction films of the 1950s, British horror films of the 1960s, and the Japanese "giant monster" movies of the 1960s, and 1970s. A rite of passage and sleep over mainstay of young people everywhere.

The book is divided into two parts titled, "Starters" and "The Main Course." This anthology contains seventeen tales of horror and humor that includes vampires, werewolves, swamp creatures and even lesbian zombies.Too many to give a synopsis of each story, so I'll just recount three. One from the beginning, one from the middle and the final installment.

The anthology starts out with, "A Golem in Ozone Park" by Jim Sylvestry - a nice bit of Jewish folklore retelling in the spirit of Tales from the Crypt which is a Zombie story with more than a little twist. Excellent way to start any late night session of Horror story telling.

Fish out of Water by Carl Barker has the extreme psychological thriller feel of something written for Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone. It provokes the readers darker inclinations with suggestions to haunt your dreams. Classic sci-fi horror!

The last story in the book is a wonderfully humorous first person narrative by one of the most unusual Zombies you'll ever have deliver your pizza. Keeping It Together by DK Mok is simple entertainment that will leave you with a smile on your face, provided your lips don't fall off. The humor is very reminiscent of An American Werewolf in London.

I enjoyed these stories a great deal and what impressed me most about the collection is the diversity of styles and subjects. There is quite literally something for every horror genre fan. Each story is given a classic movie poster style cover art, a very nice touch. The author tags all read "Staring..." which adds to the illusion you are watching a cult classic film fest.

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