Not Before Bed

A collection of dark tales to tingle your spine and goose your bumps, Filled with tentacle pods, bogeymen, dark gods; vamps, zombies, werewolves, and Things with no name.

Barricade your door.
Say goodbye to your loved ones.
Check behind the curtains and in the wardrobe.

Not Before Bed is a not just a title, its a warning.

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“Intense, Unique, and Provocative”

Lissette E. Manning (from Twitter@xLizzieBethx)


atmospheric…darkly visceral”

Daniel Powell of The Byproduct


At times bitingly funny and then distressingly chilling, this collection of (very) short unrelated stories range from the odd sci-fi overtones to straight up old school horror. I, for one, would love to see a full-length novel where Hallam demonstrates his deftness at being able to slowly deeper the reader’s tension and expectations to a full crescendo.

Berry, of Goodreads


I loved this collection of short stories. Great Vacation Reading.

Elizabeth Guizetti, of Goodreads


OMG – From the first word I was hooked. Quite a semblance of “tales from the darksidesque” stories to definitely not read before bedtime. Each story stands on its own. Very well written and delivered. I feel I should be paying for this collection. I would definitely read more from this author. Great job.

Shaeeza Haniff, Goodreads


I absolutely love this book. Craig has a unique way of telling stories that leaves the reader hooked from the beginning. I haven’t read that much of spec fiction, but enjoyed immensely every tale that was included in this collection.

Some of the stories don’t have dialogue, but in all honesty, they don’t really need it. He’s able to weave a tale in such a way that you find yourself so immersed, so focused that you lose track of what you’re doing. At least, I did. I found myself imagining every scene of each story as I read it and in some cases, wanted to read more of these short stories.

This book is a definite must-read. Truly recommend it.

Lizzette E. Manning, Goodreads


I loved the twisted little stories of Mr. Hallam’s imaginings. Whether the tale is deliciously creepy or falls into the realm of the downright weird, each one will leave you turning page after page into the wee hours of the morning. And above all else, Not Before Bed is FREE! What more could a reader ask for?

D.H.Nevins, Author, Goodreads


I read the opening segment IN BED! Thanks for that sleepless night! 😀



“I don’t usually read speculative fiction but I’m glad that I downloaded Not Before Bed, which is a collection of short stories from the twisted mind of Craig Hallam!

This is the second e-book that I downloaded when I bought my Kindle and there are plenty of great stories to entertain you on a cold, dark night. I enjoyed reading each and every one of them, though my favourites are Laughter on the Landing, Sarah and the Monster, Lovecraft and Albert. I like it when you can read a collection of short stories and have so many good ones to try to pick the best from.

Once I had started each story I had to read to the end. One of the longest stories in the collection is – Albert. I thought it was an excellent narrative tale that draws you into his world. Craig’s writing brings each story to life and I have to give this book the 5★ rating.

Well done, Craig. I look forward to reading new stories and, hopefully, your debut novel.”

Pete Denton


Very fun book to read when the lights go out!!!

Kimberley, from Goodreads


A collection of thrilling and chilling stories, this book was a lot of fun to read. The way that Mr. Hallam builds suspense makes the stories really come to life.
There are many different kinds of stories in this collection: paranormal, quirky, some even have humor in them. But they all have a unique voice and viewpoint that adds originality to the bunch. I loved the mixture of Lovecraft-style horror with the stronger, gag-worthy images. It shows a good handle on many kinds of horror stories.
Something that I found very interesting was the stories that had no dialogue. That is not an easy thing to accomplish, and yet they are the ones that stayed with me the longest. It’s pretty difficult to make a scary story with just mood and atmosphere, but the author handled it well.
This is a wonderful collection that will please most readers of horror stories, mainly because the variety in the writing. There is something here for everyone, and even if you don’t enjoy one of the stories, give the other ones a try, they are worth it.

Valentina of Carabosse’s Library

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