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A trilogy of horror stories from the award-winning writer's first collection of short stories – SOME WILL NOT SLEEP – and an introduction to the nightmarish visions and ghastly spectres that have been disturbing the sleep of readers for years. In this book you'll find two ghost stories and a tale of ancestral demoniac horror. In the big white house on the hill angels are A trilogy of horror stories from the award-winning writer's first collection of short stories – SOME WILL NOT SLEEP – and an introduction to the nightmarish visions and ghastly spectres that have been disturbing the sleep of readers for years. In this book you'll find two ghost stories and a tale of ancestral demoniac horror. In the big white house on the hill angels are said to appear . . . When the children left the house, their toys remained . . . A confused and vengeful presence occupies the home of a first-time buyer . . . "The images just won’t go away. You’ll find yourself replaying scenes in your mind for days” - Fangoria "Modern storytelling ... and old school terror. Very scary, highly recommended" – Jonathan Maberry, NYT bestselling author "One of the most subtle and powerful writers of dark fiction - a unique voice" – Michael Marshall Smith, NYT Bestselling author


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A trilogy of horror stories from the award-winning writer's first collection of short stories – SOME WILL NOT SLEEP – and an introduction to the nightmarish visions and ghastly spectres that have been disturbing the sleep of readers for years. In this book you'll find two ghost stories and a tale of ancestral demoniac horror. In the big white house on the hill angels are A trilogy of horror stories from the award-winning writer's first collection of short stories – SOME WILL NOT SLEEP – and an introduction to the nightmarish visions and ghastly spectres that have been disturbing the sleep of readers for years. In this book you'll find two ghost stories and a tale of ancestral demoniac horror. In the big white house on the hill angels are said to appear . . . When the children left the house, their toys remained . . . A confused and vengeful presence occupies the home of a first-time buyer . . . "The images just won’t go away. You’ll find yourself replaying scenes in your mind for days” - Fangoria "Modern storytelling ... and old school terror. Very scary, highly recommended" – Jonathan Maberry, NYT bestselling author "One of the most subtle and powerful writers of dark fiction - a unique voice" – Michael Marshall Smith, NYT Bestselling author

30 review for Before You Sleep: Three Horrors

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jaidee

    3.83 "chilly Alloween" stars !! This review is a bit late for my Halloween read but better late than never ! This is a sampling of Mr. Nevill's work and is available for free download at his website. Mr. Nevill is a talented writer and I hope to read more of his writing. I will rate each story with a brief little comment and call it a night. 1. Where Angels Come In 3.5 stars A grotesque tale of two little boys that enter a haunted house. Do they live to tell the tale ? I particularly like the dia 3.83 "chilly Alloween" stars !! This review is a bit late for my Halloween read but better late than never ! This is a sampling of Mr. Nevill's work and is available for free download at his website. Mr. Nevill is a talented writer and I hope to read more of his writing. I will rate each story with a brief little comment and call it a night. 1. Where Angels Come In 3.5 stars A grotesque tale of two little boys that enter a haunted house. Do they live to tell the tale ? I particularly like the dialogue and turn of phrase in this one. 2. Ancestors 4 stars A creepy story about a Japanese girl, a ghost and hundreds of live toys. Very kewl ! 3. Florrie 4 stars A young man slowly transforms into a demented old woman after moving into a new house. Clever and macabre !! These stories are definitely worth reading to give a creepy chill during a blustery November. Happy reading !

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zoeytron

    It's pretty clear that Adam Nevill enjoys more than a nodding acquaintance with the dark and the horrors held within its borders.  We are treated to three short stories in this collection, with a haunted house to frame each tale.  All were appropriately scary in different ways.  The standout for me was the final offering entitled "Florrie".  It centers on a young man who buys an old home, having designs on a complete renovation.  Showcased here are the real horrors of the aging process, of becom It's pretty clear that Adam Nevill enjoys more than a nodding acquaintance with the dark and the horrors held within its borders.  We are treated to three short stories in this collection, with a haunted house to frame each tale.  All were appropriately scary in different ways.  The standout for me was the final offering entitled "Florrie".  It centers on a young man who buys an old home, having designs on a complete renovation.  Showcased here are the real horrors of the aging process, of becoming invisible.  Within the walls and furnishings, memories continue to thrum. Consider the possibility that a house can have feelings, too.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    Before You Sleep is a little taster of what is to come in Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors. All three short stories in this collection have a creepy haunted house theme. Where Angels Come In may freak you out if you have an aversion to dolls. The Ancestors was my favourite story, as I found it the creepiest. It had a similar eerie feel to the many Japanese horror films I watched and loved about two decades ago. The main thing I took from Florrie was the reminder that I absolutely love the smell Before You Sleep is a little taster of what is to come in Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors. All three short stories in this collection have a creepy haunted house theme. Where Angels Come In may freak you out if you have an aversion to dolls. The Ancestors was my favourite story, as I found it the creepiest. It had a similar eerie feel to the many Japanese horror films I watched and loved about two decades ago. The main thing I took from Florrie was the reminder that I absolutely love the smell of creosote. It also freaked me out this morning when my best friend messaged me with photos of her newly fitted kitchen. I managed to resist telling her to rip it out and put the old one back in. I’m not a huge fan of short stories, but overall these were quite enjoyable reads. Currently FREE on Amazon Kindle.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zain

    Childhood Two boys’ visit to a haunted house doesn’t go as expected. A little girl has a ghost as a friend. A man becomes strangely attached to his new, outdated home. Three short stories. Three great endings!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    4.5 Stars Before you Sleep by Adam Nevill is a small collection of short stories, three of them, that are previews for an upcoming collection that he is putting out later this year. Adam Nevill is simply one of today's best horror novelists. He is one of my favorite authors and one that I often recommend to friends as I know that he will be new to them. These are three good ghost stories that show his writing style but due to their length they cannot compare to the dread and suspense created in 4.5 Stars Before you Sleep by Adam Nevill is a small collection of short stories, three of them, that are previews for an upcoming collection that he is putting out later this year. Adam Nevill is simply one of today's best horror novelists. He is one of my favorite authors and one that I often recommend to friends as I know that he will be new to them. These are three good ghost stories that show his writing style but due to their length they cannot compare to the dread and suspense created in his full length works. I will pick up the short story collection even though I really try to stay away from them. I am not really one to read short stories and only occasionally will I pick up a slightly larger novella. I am a huge fan of Nevill and so should you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    Fantastically creepy short stories released as a teaser for the upcoming collection 'Some will not sleep.' All three stories are great quality and have an unsettling undercurrent that Adam Neville excels at. He writes childrens' thoughts and speech patterns particularly well. My personal favourite was the last story in which a young man begins to gradually change after moving into an old house. His nostalgic recollections of the food, television and decor of his youth made me feel very cosy, so I' Fantastically creepy short stories released as a teaser for the upcoming collection 'Some will not sleep.' All three stories are great quality and have an unsettling undercurrent that Adam Neville excels at. He writes childrens' thoughts and speech patterns particularly well. My personal favourite was the last story in which a young man begins to gradually change after moving into an old house. His nostalgic recollections of the food, television and decor of his youth made me feel very cosy, so I'm off to watch countdown in front of the 3 bar fire with a Fish finger sandwich, because for some reason I don't feel like ever leaving the house...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    'Florrie' was my favourite of the three stories in this mini collection, and I can't quite yet put my finger on why. Maybe it was because of the descriptions of that house, so reminiscent of how I remember my grandparent's house when I was small, playing on the hideously patterned 70s carpet that I could always see faces in, underneath a fog of cigarette smoke (no-one cared about passive smoking and children's lungs in the 80s!). I thought the descriptions of how Frank gradually took on the char 'Florrie' was my favourite of the three stories in this mini collection, and I can't quite yet put my finger on why. Maybe it was because of the descriptions of that house, so reminiscent of how I remember my grandparent's house when I was small, playing on the hideously patterned 70s carpet that I could always see faces in, underneath a fog of cigarette smoke (no-one cared about passive smoking and children's lungs in the 80s!). I thought the descriptions of how Frank gradually took on the characteristics of the now deceased Florrie were truly sinister and made me both pity her descent into dementia and fear her wretched malevolence. Can't wait to get stuck into 'Some Will Not Sleep'!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Lennon

    Three very good, very creepy stories. I particularly enjoyed the last one. All the way through you could feel a sort of sinister undercurrent. Actually gives me shivers down my spine just thinking about it. Well worth checking out!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    This trio of short stories gives you a taste of Adam's forthcoming short story collection 'Some will not Sleep', and being a subscriber to his newsletter enables you to get this for free digitally. I really enjoyed these stories which were all quite different to one another and wonderfully unusual. I can't wait for his next book and to read the rest of his short stories!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bogdan

    A very good short horror Anthology. The three stories have interesting ideeas, maybe not so original, but quite effective and entertaining, capable to please any reader. Like I said from the three stories, one I knew, and the last one had a great atmosphere, and the tension is builded gradually very well, but the ending was a little rush for my liking. Still it's a good one, and from what I saw in the comments, with quite a lot of success to the other readers. If you love the suspense and you don't A very good short horror Anthology. The three stories have interesting ideeas, maybe not so original, but quite effective and entertaining, capable to please any reader. Like I said from the three stories, one I knew, and the last one had a great atmosphere, and the tension is builded gradually very well, but the ending was a little rush for my liking. Still it's a good one, and from what I saw in the comments, with quite a lot of success to the other readers. If you love the suspense and you don't have any problem to be scared, then you really must try these stories from Adam Nevill. They're quite a treat!

  11. 4 out of 5

    BigLittleBookz

    Described as horror and creepy reads, are you kidding me, who reviews these 5 year olds? 2 out of the 3 were alright I guess the last one was boring. I'm glad it was free because I'd demand my money back.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** Yup. Steve is admitting that this is his first time reading Nevill. In reality –I tried to read Before You Wake: Three Horrors (the companion ebook to this one) last year, and just didn’t enjoy the first story. Shamefully, I re-read that first story last night and loved it Anyways –back to this one. Like I said, I’ve not read Nevill, but that’s going to absolutely be changing. Since the first day that I connected with Gavin aka Mr. Kendall Revi ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** Yup. Steve is admitting that this is his first time reading Nevill. In reality –I tried to read Before You Wake: Three Horrors (the companion ebook to this one) last year, and just didn’t enjoy the first story. Shamefully, I re-read that first story last night and loved it Anyways –back to this one. Like I said, I’ve not read Nevill, but that’s going to absolutely be changing. Since the first day that I connected with Gavin aka Mr. Kendall Reviews himself, he’s been harassing me to read Clive Barker and Adam Nevill. Finally, after hundreds of thousands of messages, I’ve committed. I have a number of Nevill’s works, and will be focusing on making my way through the books I have. I have watched ‘The Ritual’ movie, but I’m usually a bigger fan of the books than movies! As for this short but brutal collection, Before You Sleep features three stories to get you engaged and involved in Nevill’s writing world, and boy do they ever. We start off with the phenomenal ‘Where Angels Come In.’ This is a folklorish/urban legend story about a mysterious house. It’s the house that everyone dares each other to go in. It’s where those that do go in aren’t the same if they make it out. This just drips with unnerving tension. I was riveted from start to finish and just ate this up. Outstanding. The second story is ‘The Ancestors,’ and if you thought story one was going to be the high point of ‘haunted house’ stuff in this collection –you’d be wrong. This one flips the script from ‘Where Angels Come In,’ and we are introduced to a young family who has moved to this house to try and let some real-life stuff settle down. While here, the young girl makes friends with a mysterious figure, ‘Maho’ who lets her sleep in her hair at night. The toys that reside in the house come alive at night and as things unravel and discoveries are made, you understand just how deeply the house is connected to its unconventional residents. The final story, ‘Florrie,’ is also a take on house haunting, but this one once again goes in a completely different direction. We follow a young male adult who has purchased a house and is excited to renovate it and make it his own. It doesn’t take long until he develops a connection with the house and as well with the former resident. Completely unsettling in the best way possible. So, final verdict? Consider me a fan. Consider me completely at a loss about why it took me this long. I promise Mr. Nevill to not sit around and push his works aside anymore. This is my pledge to the great horned one. May he accept my apologies and not spear me through the chest.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donald Armfield

    an eerie sample of whats to come from Nevill's new collection. Three shorts that manly evolve around young kids and things that go bump in the night. I've been looking forward to reading more of the authors work since reading "The Ritual" and this was just a taste....

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    You know that glorious feeling when the first taste of an author makes you want to consume everything they've ever written? I've just had that with Adam Nevill. These three stories hit all the right notes for me. Each features a house, each with a different flavor of haunting. My favorite was the second story, "The Ancestors," which had elements of Japanese horror. Marvelously creepy. I also found "Florrie" to be very affecting. (view spoiler)[ The shift in voice and perspective as the woman's sp You know that glorious feeling when the first taste of an author makes you want to consume everything they've ever written? I've just had that with Adam Nevill. These three stories hit all the right notes for me. Each features a house, each with a different flavor of haunting. My favorite was the second story, "The Ancestors," which had elements of Japanese horror. Marvelously creepy. I also found "Florrie" to be very affecting. (view spoiler)[ The shift in voice and perspective as the woman's spirit begins to take him added wonderful dimension. Getting old sounds like it can be a horror all its own. (hide spoiler)] Highly recommended. (Currently free on Amazon, too! Yay!)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jamie (The Kansan Reader)

    TBR 2019 Challenge: 824 books (reading a few and got rid of one) Before You Sleep has three short stories. For a small collection of stories they were good but didn’t really give me willies.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robin Lee

    This is my first time reading anything by popular, UK author, Adam L.G. Nevill. After reading all 3 short stories I think this is excellent way to get a taste of his Horror writing. These chilling stories are an excellent trick before the real treat. A precursor to his October 31, release of his book called "Some Will Not Sleep". A first time collection of his short stories that are already receiving good reviews. These 3 short stories are an easy quick read with the main theme being Houses. We This is my first time reading anything by popular, UK author, Adam L.G. Nevill. After reading all 3 short stories I think this is excellent way to get a taste of his Horror writing. These chilling stories are an excellent trick before the real treat. A precursor to his October 31, release of his book called "Some Will Not Sleep". A first time collection of his short stories that are already receiving good reviews. These 3 short stories are an easy quick read with the main theme being Houses. We have all read everyone's versions or takes on 'Haunted Houses". I found these 3 to be very dark, atmospheric, with heavy description of the inside of the Homes and what secrets lie behind the “walls”. Which are important to the third story Florrie. "Where Angels Come In", relies heavily on the old urban legend or folklore. Yet, the author captures that very moment when the Angel you face may be the one of "Death". Showing if one does escape, what is the aftermath. Believe me, it's not as pretty as all the ones that get to see the "Light". "The Ancestors”, I got the sense when reading, even with certain characters’ names or descriptions that it was influenced by Asian Horror Films, especially their ghost stories. The vision of Samara from the 2002 movie, "the Ring" kept popping up in my head. Once you read about Maho and her toys, you just may get rid of all yours. Then again the toys maybe saviors for some. "Florrie" is the perfect example of buying a new home and not knowing it's history. Where it's still not law in some states that disclosure be made about a horrific death or tragedy. You never suspect a thing until, you start construction and knock down or open that first wall. Reviewed by Robin Lee.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Fantastic, creepy READ Loved these 3 short stories. First time reading this author and I am so glad I found him. My new favorite! Highly recommended if you are a fan of scary, paranormal chilling reads! Would give more stars if I could! Dont pass this up, I promise you will NOT leave unsatisfied. If you are anything like me, you'll be begging for more! Thanks for the awesome stories! I cannot wait to download the next... :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    A wee taster of what to expect from Adam Nevill's forthcoming short story collection, Some Will Not Sleep. As expected, the three tales in this collection are spine-tingling. I did as the title suggested and read them before I went to sleep. Not always a good idea to read Mr. Nevill's work at bedtime.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Good stuff. It's always a pleasure to read New stuff from Mr. Nevill.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Marie

    Three short stories. They were good and the last story was just plain freaky! If these were that good can only imagine what his fully finished novels are like.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I enjoyed the three stories in this little collection. I’d never read any of them before. The best story is the opening story, Where Angels Come In which is very unsettling and disturbing. I enjoyed the other two stories as well but this just appealed to my tastes more. I felt the collection was very short. I knew there were only three stories but I wanted there to be much more. https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I enjoyed the three stories in this little collection. I’d never read any of them before. The best story is the opening story, Where Angels Come In which is very unsettling and disturbing. I enjoyed the other two stories as well but this just appealed to my tastes more. I felt the collection was very short. I knew there were only three stories but I wanted there to be much more.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marina

    Chilling! All three stories were amazing! I had goosebumps after each one. But: do not read before you sleep!😳 😏

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alondra Miller

    4 Stars (overall) Where Angels Come In - Two young boys go into the big white house, on a dare. 4.5 Stars The Ancestors – A house full of "toys." Did you hear me? T.O.Y.S. ...and one creepy kid. DAMN! *shudders* 5 Stars Florrie - Frank moved into his new house. Why is there still furniture here, from the previous owner?? Why does is smell like old garlic and old lady??? Mmm, his joints are starting to hurt and he's watching his "favorite shows." I didn't like the ending, it was just there all of a 4 Stars (overall) Where Angels Come In - Two young boys go into the big white house, on a dare. 4.5 Stars The Ancestors – A house full of "toys." Did you hear me? T.O.Y.S. ...and one creepy kid. DAMN! *shudders* 5 Stars Florrie - Frank moved into his new house. Why is there still furniture here, from the previous owner?? Why does is smell like old garlic and old lady??? Mmm, his joints are starting to hurt and he's watching his "favorite shows." I didn't like the ending, it was just there all of a sudden. 3.5 Stars

  24. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    I really liked those three stories. They are well written, spooky and come without any gore. Hard to say what is the best story in here. I really loved the second and the third one. The third one reminded me a bit on Burnt Offerings by Robert Marcuso. The character becomes obsessed with the new house he lives in and his world is changing fast. Give it a read, you won't regret the reading time!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jakob Hessius

    Adam Nevill is a new author to me. I got his books free and really liked the stories a lot. I will deffinitely read more by him.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Nice little sample Great stories together for a nice sample of Adam Nevill's style. Brilliant if you're new to him. Definitely worth a read

  27. 4 out of 5

    JK

    I picked this up during a recent mass-download of free Kindle books. I’m not sure what possessed me, as it would be appropriate to say I’m scared of my own shadow. My partner works away, and I’m alone in the house a lot, screaming at ‘figures’ which are usually just clothes piled on a chair, or ‘spooky noises’ which are usually just neighbours moving around upstairs. What I’m trying to say is, Before You Sleep did not help with my nocturnal fright. In fact, forget nocturnal, I could barely read I picked this up during a recent mass-download of free Kindle books. I’m not sure what possessed me, as it would be appropriate to say I’m scared of my own shadow. My partner works away, and I’m alone in the house a lot, screaming at ‘figures’ which are usually just clothes piled on a chair, or ‘spooky noises’ which are usually just neighbours moving around upstairs. What I’m trying to say is, Before You Sleep did not help with my nocturnal fright. In fact, forget nocturnal, I could barely read this during the day, not even in public. Each of the stories had vague and unsettling conclusions, where the reader is unable to quite understand what happened. This felt frustrating to begin with, but on reflection it was a masterstroke of Nevill’s, adding feelings of displacement and confusion. Of the three, the first story, Where Angels Come In, was the most fear-inducing for me. With a true gothic feel, Nevill gives us an abandoned house on a hill with macabre stories attached to it. The fun truly began when two schoolboys decided to break in for a laugh. Laugh, I did not. Without giving too much away, Nevill’s skill here is the tension-building, the descriptions of setting and the otherworldly beings belonging to the house. His knack of describing these things and, most horrifyingly, the way they moved, had me reading in a corner to avoid anything coming up behind me. Utterly nightmarish. Story two, Ancestors, featured two factors which are on my list of horror kryptonite – a spooky ghost child, and toys which come to life. When Nevill described the sound of these toys click-clacking across a wooden floor in the middle of the night, all of my body parts melted down into pulp. Despite my complete terror, this was one I was desperate to find out more about – a definite contender for a longer exploration. Finally, Flossie leads us to wonder whether a house, with everything the walls have seen and absorbed, can become a being of its own. I don’t want to give too much away on this one, as the premise hit me out of nowhere. Absolutely not a standard ghost story, and all the more grotesque for that reason. My house is a converted home for guide dogs, so I’m very concerned about what’s going to happen to me. For a freebie, this was excellent. Although I was at my wits end, reading in corners with all the lights on, I was engaged, intrigued, and compelled to finish the stories. To my delight (for now), I discovered Nevill has another collection, Before You Wake, which is also available for free at the moment. I plan to delve into that once I’ve steeled myself again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela Verdenius

    Really liked this, will certainly look for more by this author.

  29. 4 out of 5

    GDR

    This one is a taste of upcoming horror anthology, 'Some Will Not Sleep' and it does its job well. I'm fiending to read the rest. The stories included here were some of the most creative, creepy page-turners I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The first in particular really stayed with me. When I read anthology books, I normally prepare for the usual delivery: that the quality won't be consistent. That you might have some that are good or great, but ultimately you'll have some you force yoursel This one is a taste of upcoming horror anthology, 'Some Will Not Sleep' and it does its job well. I'm fiending to read the rest. The stories included here were some of the most creative, creepy page-turners I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The first in particular really stayed with me. When I read anthology books, I normally prepare for the usual delivery: that the quality won't be consistent. That you might have some that are good or great, but ultimately you'll have some you force yourself to slog through. I can't speak for the rest of Nevill's work, but 'Before You Sleep' did not give me that impression in regards to the upcoming collection. Maybe I'm setting myself up for disappointment. But regardless, I can't wait.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Spillman

    Creepy Creepy stories!! Very much enjoyed these shorts. They were intense and creepy, dark and fantastic. Not for the faint of heart or those who don't enjoy a good thrilling horror. Loved these!!

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