Edge of the Known Bus Line by James R. Gapinski

A woman’s daily commute takes an abrupt turn when she’s dropped off in a grotesque shantytown in Edge of the Known Bus Line. The townsfolk live in huts and tents scavenged from broken trinkets. They eat dead rats and human flesh. They’ve developed cult-like religions about miracle bus routes that will someday set them free. The narrator searches for a way out of this surreal hellscape while dredging up a few nightmares of her own.

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[The bus pulls into my stop on schedule with Out of Service on the marquee]

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(Etchings Press, 25 April 2018, ebook, 136 pages, copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed)

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This is my first time reading the author. Edge of the Known Bus Line is a cracking read, part horror, part post-apocalyptic nightmare. I was hooked from page one. This novella is warped, bizarre and downright mental – key things for a great read. I loved the idea behind the novella. The world of out of service is dark, stark and pretty damn scary, made all the more unsettling yet accessible thanks to the straight-forward first-person narrative. Edge of the Known Bus Line is brutal at times and striking. The world building is pretty fantastic.

4 STAR RATING

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