Narrator: Christian Rummel
Published by Audible Studios, Permuted Press on 2014
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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When five college friends cross America in a minivan to find themselves, they chance upon a road that isn’t on any map. They can’t resist exploring it. The van breaks down. They find a town, a massive trailer park steeped in squalor. The town isn’t on any map either. They find people in town. They’ll wish they hadn’t. The only sanctuary is the Big House - a giant mansion at the center of town that appears to be abandoned, only all the lights come on at night. Inside the Big House is the secret of the town. Inside, they’ll finally find themselves. They won’t like what they find.
©2013 Craig DiLouie (P)2013 Audible Inc.
I found The End of the Road very interesting when it first came out in eBook and never expected that it would be turned into an audiobook. During another browse around Audible somehow I stumbled across this and without thinking bought it. I always wonder about short stories like this because it seems like it would be difficult to have any sort of impact in such a small time frame. And did I mention that Audible Studios got a very capable narrator for this short story?
This was a truly disturbing tale of lost travelers thinking that they found salvation in a small back woods town. Sure it was short and sounds like little more than a pitch for a B grade slasher movie the likes of The Hills Have Eyes. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion, not all stories can be masterpieces. Masterpiece or not stories like this can reach down in your soul and turn part of it black. A group of friends break down in the middle of a road trip and in the middle of nowhere, only to find a small town. The residents seems a little off their rocker at first, only to discover later that they are much worse that the travelers first thought. This was a pretty straight forward horror story with not twists or turns, yet I found it a very quick escape from reality.
Christian Rummel once again delivers, executing this disturbing multifaceted horror story without missing a beat. Good characterizations, great emotional range, good pacing. The more I hear Rummel the more I am drawn to his work, and will be looking forward to many more great listens by him.
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