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The Man Who Screams at Nightfall and other stories by Rush Leaming 

Thailand. The Congo. Greece. Spain. America…

Four continents and forty-plus years in the making.

The Man Who Screams at Nightfall is a landmark collection of short stories depicting
a young man on a classic voyage of self-discovery, wandering our planet in search of some purpose in life.

From childhood to parenthood and everything in between—these tales are raw and unflinching; at other times, poignant and moving.

Get ready for a literary journey unlike any you’ve experienced before.

Some of these stories contain strong language,
depictions of graphic violence, and sexual situations.


My Review:

Immersive collection of gritty short stories that I know I will read again and again. 

The Man Who Screams at Nightfall and other stories is a collection of fascinating short stories written by their author over several years’ time. Each mesmerizing piece is a gem, and with only a few paragraphs, I was deeply drawn into the time and place of each story. It was so easy to melt into the reading. 

Many of the stories are set in exotic locations. The title story is set in Zaire in the 1990s, before the country became known as The Congo. The sheer eeriness of the tale raised the hair on the back of my neck. But besides the dark tales, there were also moments when I couldn’t help but laugh, such as in “Happy Hour at the Pub Madrid?”

There are eleven works in total, some gritty, some terrifyingly tense, and many also heartbreaking. But each is told, seemingly, from the point of view of one young man at different stages of his life. I read all of them in one evening, and although very satisfied when I was done, I wished I’d spread them out to make that first-time reading last longer. I don’t go out of my way to read short story collections, but this book may have lit a desire to do so. I will also be looking into this author’s other, longer works as well. 

I highly recommend THE MAN WHO SCREAMS AT NIGHTFALL to readers of literary fiction and short stories. 

I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving an Advanced Review Copy from the author through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.

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