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Midnight Pleasures (Collection)



Short Stories


# Date Publisher Binding Cover
1 1991-00-00  

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This latest collection from Bloch, who has been writing professionally for 52 years, is a middling mix of crime, fantasy and horror stories. Two of the 14 selections are early works: a negligible, almost plotless humor piece, ''But First These Words,'' and an unconvincing horror story, ''The Totem Pole,'' interesting mostly for its vintageit's from a 1939 Weird Tales. The other 12 date from the past decade and include ''The Spoiled Bride,'' a comic, if rather grim, tale of a future in which men can choose their mates from among the cryogenically frozen; a character study of a psychotic Nazi type who murders a little Jewish girl, ''The Rubber Room''; and ''Everybody Needs a Little Love,'' the all-too-predictable tale of a man who takes a store mannequin for a companion. Best in the book are a well-wrought tale of adultery and revenge, ''The Night Before Christmas,'' and a deal-with-the-devil story, ''Picture.''


•The Rubber Room
•The Night Before Christmas
•The Spoiled Wife
•Oh Say Can You See--
•But First These Words--
•The Undead
•Everybody Needs a Little Love
•The Totem Pole

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