Shoebox Train Wreck by John MantoothShoebox Train Wreck by John Mantooth

Shoebox Train Wreck

byJohn Mantooth

Paperback | July 14, 2017

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"The living haunt the dead . . ." These sixteen genrebending stories are set against a backdrop of sudden violence and profound regret, populated by characters whose circumstances and longings drive them to the point of no return . . . and sometimes even further. A young girl takes a journey to see what is really hidden within the belly of an ancient water tower. A high school senior learns about defiance on a school bus and witnesses a tragedy that he won't soon forget. Six survivors in an underground bunker discuss the possibility of Armageddon being an elaborate hoax. Two brothers take a walk on the dark side of the wheat field and discover that some bonds are stronger than death. And in the title story, a former train conductor must confront the ghosts of his past while learning that it's not the dead who haunt the living, but the other way around.Traversing the back roads of the south and beyond, these stories probe the boundaries of imagination, taking the reader to the fringes of a society where the world looks different, and once you visit, you won't ever be the same.
John Mantooth is an awardwinning author whose short stories have been recognized in numerous year's best anthologies. His short fiction has been published in FANTASY MAGAZINE, CRIME FACTORY, THUGLIT, and the Bram Stoker Awardwinning anthology, HAUNTED LEGENDS (Tor, 2010), among others.
Title:Shoebox Train WreckFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:July 14, 2017Publisher:ChiZine PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926851544

ISBN - 13:9781926851549

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Editorial Reviews

Just good, spare, bleak storytelling, and some haunting images that will stick with readers like the kid at the end of the road. -Publishers Weekly"Mantooth's stories glitter with the brilliant, jagged menace of a fistful of busted glass. Shoebox Train Wreck emits blacklight, illuminating the grim intersection of small, fragile human lives and the encroaching wilderness of the universe." -Laird Barron, author of Occultation and The Imago Sequence and Other Stories"Mantooth tests his characters, through temptation and disaster; it is a grim joy to watch them fall, or claw their way through the storm to glimpse a clear sky. Immoral or righteous, they are human and beautiful in all their darkness . . . . Perhaps the most interesting thing about this book is the variety and Mantooth's ability to leave no doubt these stories belong in the same collection. This display of humanity is beautifully written and thought-provoking, and yet remains devoid of the saccharin to which such works can fall victim." -The Crow's Caw