Trucker Ghost Stories: And Other True Tales of Haunted Highways, Weird Encounters, and Legends of the Road

Trucker Ghost Stories: And Other True Tales of Haunted Highways, Weird Encounters, and Legends of the Road

Annie Wilder (editor)

Tor, Aug 7 2012, $12.99

ISBN: 9780765330352

 

This is a fun collection (unless you are the authors) of short shorts written by people who insist they met unnatural phenomena while on the road.  The true encounters are divided into four chapters: Just Plain Weird, Messages and Assistance from the Spirit World, Haunted Highways: Legends and Lore of the Road, and Time Slips.  In some cases, the entry reads like a campfire ghost story and in others like the driver entered the “Turnpike to the Twilight Zone” as R. Dustin Mercer discusses about a trip in the Pittsburgh area he has done many times but this time is eerily different.  The first entry George Stern, Jr. “Demon In Texas” sets the tone as no one will sleep near an Indian burial ground.  Matt McFadden’s firsthand account of the “Girl in the Window” staring at him as he drives.  Stacy Eldrige discusses Uncle Jim’s “Uninvited Passenger” who faded into thin air.  When Lee Honawu was fourteen he drove his grandma’s truck with his younger brother as a passenger only they saw a “Skinwalker in Arizona.”  If you are looking for tight editing and perfect grammar you need take a detour away from this anthology; as a major part of what makes these stories fascinating are the observers’ writings on roads like “Old Highway 666 in New Mexico” by Susan Miller and “Ghost Rider on Highway 666” by Carl Smith.

 

Harriet Klausner

 

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