End of the Road is a novel drawing from an unpublished manuscript by a 110-year-old man in the year 2050 about his trip around the country in a $200-car in 1995. A group of graduate students in 2050 interview him in his assisted-living apartment for their video oral-history thesis project. The story shifts back and forth between the trip in 1995 and the interviews in 2050. The old man's quaint philosophies and his connection with the past intrigue the students. As the theis project progresses, the old man becomes more than a mere interview subject. As the young people gain a perspective on their past, the old man reconnects with the present. Readers may additionally find looking back at our turn-of-the-century road and automobile culture from a viewpoint of young people living in the year 2050 a delightful experience in itself.
ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE Each step leads you closer to your destination, but who, or what, can you expect to meet along the way? Here are stories of misfits, spectral hitch-hikers, nightmare travel tales and the rogues, freaks and monsters to be found on the road. The critically acclaimed editor of Magic, The End of the Line and House of Fear has brought together the contemporary masters and mistresses of the weird from around the globe in an anthology of travel tales like no other. Strap on your seatbelt, or shoulder your backpack, and wait for that next ride... into darkness. An incredible anthology of original short stories from an exciting list of writers including the best-selling Philip Reeve, the World Fantasy Award-winning Lavie Tidhar and the incredible talents of S.L. Grey, Ian Whates, Jay Caselberg, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Zen Cho, Sophia McDougall, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Anil Menon, Rio Youers, Vandana Singh, Paul Meloy, Adam Nevill and Helen Marshall.
From the award-winning author of Paradise Boys, Scotch and Oranges, and Ghost Dancer, comes End of the Road, Americans fighting their fates, striving to succeed. In the multi-layered, multi-nuanced narratives that readers have come expect in the Mendelson landscape, San Francisco reporter Damian Vrabel goes off looking for America. Returning with 36 tightly written short stories-each exactly 1,000 words-Vrabel chronicles departure and disappointment, betrayal and bereavement. Traveling the length and breadth of the continent, its heartland and its edges-San Diego and Alaska, Key West and Peggy's Cove, even Paris and Prague-Vrabel encounters terminal patients, shell-shocked soldiers, and ex-convicts; the troubled, lost, and bewildered. Witnessing every person's loss, Vrabel helps each to articulate a sad epiphany. Subtitled American Elegies, the book shares it tales of failure-while discovering hope in all of us. As Vrabel-and his readers-look to re-discover the American Dream, they find instead the End of the Road.
Unable to cope with the difficult responsibility of step parenting, Peter and Carol flee the emotional turmoil that has come to a boil with their families and each other. The couple, already struggling with basic and serious incompatibilities, believe they can salvage their marriage in a far state. Weary of battling with in-laws who stubbornly refuse to compromise on issues surrounding her stepson, Carol issues an ultimatum to Peter that they should move away or end the marriage. A reluctant Peter, with a heavy heart, agrees to leave. The two pack up and leave their home state of North Carolina and go to New Mexico where they confront an unfamiliar geographical and cultural terrain. Here they are confronted with some new and very unexpected problems. Their stay in New Mexico ends in a startling and unimagined way.
The End of the Road is a controversial call to reconsider our American infrastructure, right now before our "stimulus package" is lost on projects with little long term value. As a society, we have not yet noticed the true direction and dire consequences we are forced into by our choices in infrastructure past, present and future. The implications affect almost every area of our lives, from our physical health to that of our economy to our social, ethical and political relations with neighbors whether they are local or across the globe. Whether our goods and services come to us from near or far away.
Drifter John Walker has no friends, but he's so engaging that Maxie invites him over for dinner. The next day he moves on-and is later found dead in his motel room. What looks like a simple suicide quickly grows more complicated when police discover that Walker was living under an assumed identity. Maxie tries to fathom why he would choose to end his life where the U.S. highway system ends-and where Maxie just might meet a dead end of her own.
Five interlinked novellas which travel from London to L.A., Southwest City to Araby. Real to unreal landscapes where the Anglo has thrived, in license or pathos until he or she begins to see a vanishing breed.
When five college friends cross America in a minivan to find themselves, they chance upon a road that isn’t on any map. They can’t resist exploring it. The van breaks down. They find a town, a massive trailer park steeped in squalor. The town isn’t on any map either. They find people in town. They’ll wish they hadn’t. The only sanctuary is the Big House–a giant mansion at the center of town that appears to be abandoned, only all the lights come on at night. Inside the Big House is the secret of the town. Inside, they’ll finally find themselves. They won’t like what they find.
From the critically acclaimed author of A Very Simple Crime, a chilling story of a young boy coming to grips with genuine evil. A red dirt road on a sweltering day. A car loses control, flips through the air. A woman crawls out, bloody and battered, staggers toward the boy on the bike, the one she swerved to avoid. But he runs away... Kyle is ten in the summer of 1976, and his world is all about secrets-secrets hidden in the maze of cornfields, in caves, in the embers of scorched earth, behind creaking doors and down basement stairs...and in the darkest of hearts. But there's a policewoman at the front door. The Paralyzed Man watches him from a neighboring porch. And no matter which way Kyle turns, no place seems safe anymore...