"Midnight Tales"is a name given to a collection of three very short stories from Stoker's nonfiction book Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving. These stories were embellished upon, given new titles and republished in 1990 in Midnight Tales, Peter Owen Publishers, London. Although the editor claimed that Stoker planned on writing and publishing a full collection of such stories, there is no evidence to support this. In addition, two of these stories were not actually written by Stoker.
The three stories include:
Although Stoker had no intention of publishing these stories in a collection, at least two of them were reprinted in newspapers. The story "A Widower's Grief" was published as an excerpt in New Zealand and the US. It appeared without a title in the "In Lighter Vein" section of the "Our Literary Corner" page of the December 8, 1906 issue of The Press, Christchurch. It appeared again under the title "A Dublin Funeral" in the '"Good Stories" and Where They Come From' section of the April 24, 1910 issue of The New York Times, New York. In addition, the story "A Deal with the Devil" was published as an excerpt in the UK. It appeared under the title "A Naughty Boy" in the July 1911 issue of The Ballymena Weekly Telegraph, Ballymena.
The original short stories are available as a: The story "A Widower's Grief" is available as a: The embellished stories can be purchased online in a short story collection in: