The Friday 56 #102 ~ The Overnight

Posted: April 15, 2016 in horror, Meme, The Friday 56
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Welcome to The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice.


This is a really fun meme!

The only rules are to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader and find a sentence or a few (no spoilers) that grabs you and post it.

Then go over to Freda’s Voice and leave your link so we can visit your 56!

My 56 for this week is from

The Overnight

by Ramsey Campbell



Genre: Horror

My 56 from the paperback.

He reminds himself what a joy it was to be able to read a book, one a day sometimes, but the memory falls short of his feelings; it’s as though greyness like a combination of fog and cobwebs has settled over his brain.

Read on if you want to know more.



The bookstore’s shelves are put in order every night, but every morning, books are found lying all over the floor, many damp and damaged beyond repair. The store’s computers keep acting up, and even when the machines are off, they seem to glow with a spectral gray light.
Things soon go from bad to worse. A salesclerk abruptly loses his ability to read. One employee accuses another of making sexual advances. A hit-and-run in the parking lot claims a life. The security monitors display half-seen things crawling between the stacks.
Desperate to pass a company inspection, the manager musters his staff for an overnight inventory. When the last customers reluctantly depart, leaving almost-visible trails of slime shining behind them, the doors are locked, sealing the staff inside for a final orgy of shelving.
The damp, grey, silent things that have been lurking in the basement and hiding in the fog may move slowly, but they are inexorable. This bookstore is the doorway to a hell unlike any other.



A haunted library!

What could be more fun. LOL


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  1. Kathy Martin says:

    Oh, dear! This sounds a little too creepy for me. I hope you enjoy it. I am spotlighting Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey this week. Happy reading!

  2. Ooh, frightening! I especially hate the part about the salesclerk losing his ability to read! For book lovers, the ultimate nightmare! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  3. Bev Bouwer says:

    I love books about books, or libraries, even haunted ones.
    Cute storyline.

    I’m featuring Between you and me this week. Happy reading.

  4. Breana M. says:

    This sounds like a really spooky read. I don’t see too many bookstore settings in books in the same genre, but it sounds like it works well for the novel.

  5. I love the setting for this one (obviously) and a spooky read is always fantastic. Happy weekend!

  6. Never heard of this one but it sounds pretty interesting! :)

    Friday Memes

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I believe I grabbed it at my favorite used book store. The story line and cover reached out to me but it’s a bit slow to get into. The prose is strange until you get used to it.

  7. Hfineisen says:

    I like any book reference and the cover reminds me of a modern take on pulp fiction. Happy Reading!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Yep. That’s a great choice for the cover art. And I’m always looking for books about books. LOL

  8. Definitely a nightmare situation! I may have to add it to my spooky October TBR 😉

  9. Freda Mans says:

    That would be cruel… Sounds like a book I should check out. Happy weekend!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I know! I couldn’t imagine trying to read a book and none of the words coming together or making any sense. Truly my worst nightmare!

  10. LadyD Piano says:

    What a series of scary events in a creepy bookstore. Does it have a good over evil ending? I can tell you can handle it!! :-)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I haven’t got to the end yet. Got a feeling it might not be so happy ever after. We shall see…….And yes, I can handle it. LOL

  11. taylordeanbooks says:

    A haunted library sounds like a perfectly creepy plot!

  12. Maria D. says:

    I don’t really like horror but I did enjoy the 56…thanks for visiting my Friday meme

  13. Looks like a vintage book based on the cover. Sounds pretty creepy and creepy bookstores would likely turn me off books … heehee can you tell I can’t read this!? 😛

  14. I am putting this on my tbr right now! Sounds like a good one! :)
    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I had to set it aside for a few days to finish another book. Now I’m back into it. Gotten use to the writing and it’s getting creepy!

  15. I want to go to that bookstore!