My last book for Marie's Spooktacular Paranormal Reading Challenge is Waiting For Midnight by Merrie Destefano. It's a collection of short stories and flash fiction. Not all had paranormal elements, and some had fantasy elements, but each little story was beautifully written. My favorite was Dog Boy - a little werewolf tale. The twist at the end was a nice surprise that had me hoping Dog Boy would survive. There was a cute fantasy story where the main character was a flower in a flower bed. That was fun and had a great sense of imagination. Another was a sci-fi story. It was a little rocky because it was a new and alien world that was revealed throughout the tale. I was able to get a clear picture of the universe in the story. I hope Merrie decides to revisit the planet and story. The one alien race sounded fascinating.
There were also a couple of screenplay-like stories. One about a dog's confrontation with a coyote. That one was a bit scary when you find out the coyote's true plans for the dog. Another was a piece with paranormal elements about working life in an office. It was done in second tense (I think that's what it's called.) Not many stories are done that way and I understand it can be tricky, but Merrie pulled it off.
I enjoyed all the flash pieces, but sometimes I felt blind. I had no idea where the little stories were going. Often, I felt like they were picture prompts and if I could see the picture I would have a clearer idea of what I was reading.
Over all (I seem to like to end all my reviews this way) I really enjoyed all the stories. I know two of them have novels they draw from and I'm sure both are on my shelf. I really want to read those novels now (but I have a first draft I really need to finish!) For $1.99 you can't go wrong with this collection. Great for a stormy day or to relax and forget about whatever paranoid thing is running through my mind.