Book Reviews

[Review] Midnight Exhibit Vol. 1 by Stephen Graham Jones, Philip Fracassi, and Renee Miller

Publisher: Unnerving | Published: January 23rd 2020 |Pages: 68


The Midnight Exhibit is a solid start to the Rewind or Die series. Within these pages are three sinister tales wrapped in a narrative anthology told much like Tales from the Hood. A wealthy couple are picked up by a tow truck driver after they drunkenly ditch their car. The tow truck driver makes for a creepy narrator. He tells the rich couple three tales, hitting very close to home. The mood is set quite well on a dark country road in the middle of nowhere. The driver gives off weird vibes. If it were me, I would’ve walked, regardless of the shoes I was wearing.

To Little Too Late is written by Stephen Graham Jones. It’s about a switchpicker and missing high school students. This story brought the nostalgia. It just goes to show Stephen Graham Jones can make anything scary. Another Pretty Face is penned by Renee Miller. It’s about revenge. It’s about the #MeToo movement. If I had balls they’d be hurting right now. This story put a smile on my face. My Love, Do Not Wake by Philip Fracassi is an eerie love triangle. I felt terrible for everyone involved. It made me feel uneasy. I squirmed in my reading chair while reading it. I’m not going to be able to sleep tonight.

Whilst reading this anthology, I couldn’t help but think it would make a great movie. The writing is solid in each of the three stories. The authors brought something unique and original to the table. It’s very hard to do these days, but they made it look pretty easy. I’m going to put their other work in my TBR cart. I look forward to reading the next installment in the Rewind or Die series.

You can buy The Midnight Exhibit at Amazon.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wealthy couple drunkenly ditch their car and a strange tow truck driver regales them with off-putting stories, stories relating strangely to their personal lives. With short fiction by Stephen Graham Jones (Mongrels, Mapping the Interior, The Only Good Indians), Philip Fracassi (Behold the Void, Sacculina), and Renee Miller (Cats Like Cream, The One You Feed).

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