Midnight Picnic

  • by Nick Antosca
  • Narrated by R.C. Bray
  • 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the morning, Bram finds the bones of a murdered child. At noon, the murdered child begs for his help. And by nightfall, they have killed a man together and set off into the afterlife, where nothing is what it was, and death is only the beginning of punishment. An eerie story about the nature of death and the self, Midnight Picnic inhabits an American landscape made strange and unfamiliar. From the author of the cult novel Fires, Midnight Picnic is a haunting and disturbing experience.


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highly emotional and unsettling, surreal road trip

When Midnight Picnic started with Bram accidentally running over a dog and trying but ultimately failing to aid the dying animal, I was convinced I would hate this. However, the engaging writing, the flow of the language coupled with the haunting atmosphere really pulled me into this dark and sad story.

Bram is basically a decent bloke living a mundane life with an on/off sexual relationship with the depressed girl living on the same floor as him above Moms bar. His accident is the start of a journey that leads Bram to the land of the dead where he follows six-year-old Adam who is consumed with the concepts of right, wrong and punish. Adam was murdered by Jacob Bunny and is seeking help from Bram to settle the score with Jacob. Author Nick Antosca provides heartbreaking vignettes of the tragic lives of these well-drawn characters and portrays a dim and eerie afterlife.

Not so much a scary ghost story, but a highly emotional and unsettling, surreal road trip, Midnight Picnic was utterly spellbinding exploring issues such as loneliness, evil, and redemption. Only four and a half hours long, I listened to this in one sitting. I'm still not sure what to make of the ending, though.

With regards to the narration, it was performed by R. C. Bray. Need I say more? As always, outstanding. His tone matched the tension and eeriness of the story perfectly. Quite often, if a young child is a major part of the story, I find the narration suffers. In this case, I was in awe how authentic six-year-old Adam sounded. There were no issues with the production.

If you enjoy unique surreal stories this is for you.

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Until the percentage sale, I knew nothing about this author. Of all I have read from the sale, this is by far the best. It is a surreal, paranormal, live man meets afterlife type of book. A book in which not everything is explained or understood and that is on purpose. It is creepy, very sad, emotional and always entertaining. It is not always a subject I enjoy, as in the hands of a lesser author, this could be a silly, forgettable, dreamy mess. He has been mostly a writer for TV. He wrote for the series Hannibal and for Channel One. I hope he is going to continue to write books, for if this book is an example, he has the stuff to be the next Stephen King and I don't say that lightly. I could be wrong as some recent upstarts have disappointed me with their second or third books. If you even half way think your interested I urge you to get this book, especially now while it is on sale.

Other who have left reviews, have started with some great titles, which I will repeat here, as I think they all fit this book so well and I will paraphrase the longer ones.


This book is hidden in the back pages of the Horror section, but it belongs on the front page.

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- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2016
  • Publisher: Blue Heron Audio