Genre: Horror, Short Story, Paranormal, Thriller
“Some people believe that dead people walk among us. Sometimes, they even stay for a chat.
Tony is a trucker. It’s Christmas Eve and he has one last load to deliver. If he can overcome a few…speed bumps along the way.
A new horror by the Author of “The Simpleton” and “The Gift”.”
Other books by Barbara Avon I have reviewed:
It’s funny how things work out sometimes. I have had “Speed Bump” and other stories by Barbara Avon on my list for a while, ever since I read “Q.W.E.R.T.Y.” and fell in love with her writing style. “Speed Bump,” a Christmas themed story, is available free this month, therefore allowing me to get this review up on Christmas.
I know there is a bit of a stigma in the horror world, namely with movies, about the corny nature of holiday themed films. I can assure you there is absolutely nothing ‘b-list’ about “Speed Bump.” It’s grammatically well-written with a wonderful atmosphere, fantastic plot, and great characters.
Tony is a truck driver obligated to do one last delivery before he can spend Christmas with his loved ones. On his way, he makes a stop at a suspicious hotel regardless of the locals’ warning against it. After bad memories start coming up as well as strange flashes of people who aren’t really there, Tony high-tails it out of the hotel and continues on his trip without the rest he had hoped for.
I have to say I was extremely pleased by this change of pace. I have watched several horror films as of late that dealt with the events of creepy hotels and abandoned places where the protagonist chose not to leave, finding themselves in danger or worse. Regardless, my dumb ass was decided at this point that this meant in the end, he would indeed make it home no worse for wear.
Not saying he did and not saying he didn’t; you have to read to find out. However I will say that the occurrences at the hotel were just the tip of the iceberg. As he continues on his journey, creepy strangers, dangerous obstacles, and unexplainable events are aplenty. That’s really all I can say without ruining the story. I will add that it lived up to the expectations that the author set for me in “Q.W.E.R.T.Y.” I absolutely love it.
At every moment I thought I knew what was going on, I quickly realized I probably didn’t. I hung on every word trying to unmask the madness of Tony’s adventure. From beginning to end, it’s a chilling tale with plenty of tragedy, violence, and emotion. Definitely a great read for horror/paranormal lovers and also those of you tired of the jovial, over-the-top atmosphere of the season.
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~Sahreth ‘Baphy’ Bowden