End of the Road

Every one step leads you toward your vacation spot, yet who, or what, are you able to count on to fulfill alongside the way?

Here are tales of misfits, spectral hitch-hikers, nightmare go back and forth stories and the rogues, freaks and monsters to be came across at the highway. The seriously acclaimed editor of Magic, the tip of the road and residence of worry has introduced jointly the modern masters and mistresses of the unusual from worldwide in an anthology of trip stories like no different. Strap in your seatbelt, or shoulder your backpack, and look ahead to that subsequent ride... into darkness.

An magnificent anthology of unique brief tales from a thrilling checklist of writers together with the best-selling Philip Reeve, the area myth Award-winning Lavie Tidhar and the very good skills of S.L. gray, 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.

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The cultists, who had been refused admittance to Independence Stadium to venerate the Ball, when they’d arrived with blistered and bleeding feet from California several months after the Event, erected a tent city of their own across the street from the government’s tent city, and could be seen keeping vigil day and night in all weathers, as if they expected God to pop his head out of the stadium to say hello at any moment, and didn’t want to miss it. ) The lack of information coming out of Independence Stadium did nothing to discourage media speculation, of course.

Independence Stadium itself was half-ruined, falling down, nearly abandoned. The tent cities were long gone. There was a towheaded, lazily smiling young boy with an old and probably non-functional assault rifle who was supposed to keep people out of the Stadium, but Kellenburger bribed him with a few small coins every few days, and he always winked and looked the other way. There were supposed to be cameras continuously running, focused on the Ball, part of an ongoing study funded by the University of Denver, recording everything just in case something ever happened, but the equipment had broken down long since, and nobody had seemed to notice, or care.

There was a dingy transient hotel on this side of the building, and its red neon sign blinked directly into Mason’s bedroom window, impossible to block out with any thickness of curtain. Tonight he was too tired to be bothered by it. It had been a bad day. He would not think about it, any of it. He only wanted to sleep. Tomorrow would be different, tomorrow would be better. It would have to be. He switched off the light and lay back on top of the sheet. Neon shadows beat around the room, flooding it rhythmically with dull red.

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