One wrong turn changes everything...
Strange Highways is a brilliant collection of dark and suspense-filled short stories from the international bestselling author Dean Koontz. Perfect for fans of Stephen King and Richard Laymon.
One rain-swept Sunday night when he was twenty years old, on his way back to college after a weekend with his family, Joey Shannon took the wrong highway - and from that moment, nothing ever went right for him again.
Now, exactly twenty years later, on another rain-swept night, Joey finds himself at the same crossroads, looking down the road never taken. Which is odd. Because that road no longer exists. A superhighway replaced it nearly twenty years ago, and the old state route - which had crossed a web of perpetually burning, abandoned coal mines - was condemned as too dangerous and was torn up. But now the highway is exactly as it was on that long-ago night, and when Joey turns on to it, he begins an eerie, terrifying journey toward a truth so dark and stunning that it will change everything he believes about himself, his past, and the nature of life...
The first of thirteen short stories sets the pace for a thrilling read.
What readers are saying about Strange Highways:
'One of the most thought provoking, terrifying yet enjoyable books I have ever read'
'Each story is as compelling and equally disturbing as the next'
'Great stories from when Dean Koontz was at the peak of his powers. There's suspense, horror, and a great atmosphere of something nasty lurking in the cubby holes of your mind'
The first book under Brandon Tartikoff's imprint for Warner should be a winner. It's an omnibus collection, Koontz's first, containing 14 selections: two novels and 12 previously published stories and novellas. Koontz has rewritten or revised most of them; the title novel is new. Here, the evil get what they deserve, the good get rewarded, the down-and-out (but good at heart) get second chances and the reader gets to enjoy a bestselling author experimenting with different styles and voices, usually with success. In these vintage tales, the weird, the frightening and the unreal are commonplace. Standouts include ``Down in the Darkness,'' in which a Vietnam vet is given the chance to take a horrible revenge on the man who tortured him during the war; ``Twilight of the Dawn,'' which chronicles a stubborn atheist's religious conflicts without once becoming maudlin or preachy; ``The Night of the Storm,'' set in a future where robots rule and men are as legendary as vampires; ``Bruno,'' a lighthearted yarn about an ursine private eye from a dimension where Steven Spielberg is the father of space travel and Disney manufactures handguns; and the title story, about a man who gets a second chance to take a road not traveled, find love and stop a serial killer. A couple of these tales are slight, but none is a failure, and all are well crafted and imaginative, with characters rarely taking second place to premise or plot device. Literary Guild main selection.