Road Stories: Short Stories From America's Highways by Stephen Shearer

Road Stories: Short Stories From America's Highways

byStephen Shearer

Kobo ebook | July 26, 2013

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In his book,

Secret Windows, in the essay “Great Hookers I Have

Known”, Stephen King is talking about the first line in a short story

or novel. He talks about how a great “hook” can bring your reader

immediately into the story. He tells us that the old pulp-magazine

editors used the slang term “hookers” to describe the first line. He

goes on, “The editors knew pretty well who their audience was.

Truckers. Short order cooks. Steelworkers. Farmhands. Working

guys, in other words, who wanted to get away from the gray lives

they lived and experience more exciting ones—lives that were bright

with color and adventure.”

These old-line editors thought that the easiest way to get a dull,

average Joe, i.e., truckers, to buy their magazine or paperback book,

was to entice them with a killer first line. This indicates to me that the

editors and writers of that time (forties and fifties) thought very little

of the intellectual level of truck drivers. They thought that truckers

lived dull, colorless, boring lives.


might have been true then, but it sure isn’t true now.

Today’s truckers, men and women, are a pretty intelligent bunch.

Truckers are the modern troubadours. They repeat their stories

nationwide and carry on the tradition of oral history and story telling.

Every story in this collection grew from a seed of truth. My few

years on the road as a professional over-the-road truck driver gave

me the opportunity to hear these stories and many more.

Title:Road Stories: Short Stories From America's HighwaysFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 26, 2013Publisher:Butchered Tree ProductionsLanguage:English

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