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Incident On and Off a Mountain Road [Kindle Edition]

Joe R. Lansdale
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Book Description

"Easing her back against a tree trunk, she sat and listened, watching for that strange face, fearing it might abruptly burst through the limbs and brush, grinning its horrible teeth, or worse, that he might come up behind her, reach around the tree trunk with his knife and finish her in a bloody instant."

“Incident On and Off a Mountain Road” is one of Joe Lansdale’s most popular and terrifying short stories. Adapted for television, it appeared as an episode of Showtime’s Masters of Horror series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 129 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 1.0 edition (20 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BF2KCO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual circumstances and two unusual people 1 Dec. 2011
By S. Richards TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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A car accident on a lonely, dark road causes Ellen to encounter "a moon-faced, silver-toothed monster with a knife." And this is a killer who is not about to let the opportunity for a new victim slip by. As Ellen runs into the woods, he eagerly chases, but what happens when the prey chooses to fight back?

The writing here in this story completely puts the reader in the scene. I felt dread, fear, and horror, all mixed together. When he slashed at her, I jerked back. That is just how much I felt part of this story. And when Ellen came across that macabre scene in the woods, it chilled me and made me sick.

This short story is horrifying and scary, just one moment of suspense after another. As I finished the story, the author got me with an unexpected twist, a sure jab almost as sharp as that knife, and I loved it. This story is about a thirty to forty-minute read that is very well done, disturbing and gruesome, and full of the type of scenes that stick in your mind and hang tight. I fully expect to have a nightmare about this tonight.
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‘”Do the unexpected.”

At the opening of Incident On And Off A Mountain Road, a car is driving too fast around a bend and takes out an old Buick. Ellen stops to check for survivors. She finds blood on the seat and then is attacked by a deranged character wielding a knife.

What follows is a chase that sees Ellen doing her best to get away. Thankfully, she’s been hooked up with a trainer in survival techniques and his voice pops into her head every-so-often to help her stay clear of the lunatic with the blade.

As Ellen wanders further into unknown territory, she discovers that her attacker is even more loopy than she could ever have imagined. The tension builds fairly well for a short piece and the horror elements work nicely.

It’s not my favourite Lansdale by a long shot, but it’s an interesting enough read. It also happens to include one of the most horrific weapons I’ve come across and a nice twist at the end to tie things all together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 13 Jan. 2014
By susie75
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Very good short story, graphic, scarey and just the right amount of disturbing! Well worth a read , great value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and full of suspense 2 Jan. 2014
By Chris
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This is a great story and an even better ending. The tension was built very well and had me hooked. Fully recommended
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay'ish in an average sort of way 30 Jan. 2013
By col2910
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Blurb, sort of...... In "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road," Lansdale offers readers a heroine who is far more than what she seems. Pursued by a monstrous madman, Ellen calls upon her survival skills and leads readers toward a mind-blowing twist ending.

Another freebie from the Amazon site, which I found while having a browse.

Not my usual bag though I'm familiar with Lansdale's work. I have read a few of his previous horror offerings, The Drive-In 1 and 2, but my main enjoyment comes from his Hap and Leonard series, some of which I've read, but all of which I'll be re-visiting.

Hap Collins and Leonard Pine

1. Savage Season (1990)

2. Mucho Mojo (1994)

3. The Two-Bear Mambo (1995)

4. Bad Chili (1997)

5. Rumble Tumble (1998)

6. Captains Outrageous (2001)

7. Vanilla Ride (2009)

8. Devil Red (2011)

9. Hyenas (2011)

Cutting to the chase, did I enjoy it? Would I recommend it to others? Will I find myself thinking about it again in the weeks and days ahead (always the mark of a good book in my opinion)?

Enjoyment factor.........yes, ok - passed some time, I didn't feel like that's an hour or two of my life I'll never get back. The thing with short stories or novellas, a lot of time I don't actually care what happens to the characters, mainly because they are crudely drawn brushstrokes and not fully realised people that I have an interest in.

Would I recommend it to others? I doubt it; if you want to find it it's on Amazon as a freebie.

No- I won't be thinking about this one again.

2.5 out of 5, which I shouldn't complain about as it was a free download.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but startlingly intense. 1 Nov. 2012
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Decided to dip into some Joe R. Lansdale, given that Bubba Ho Tep is one of my all time favourite movies and Don Coscarelli's adaptation of this story for Masters Of Horror was one of my favourite episodes.

The most striking thing reading this is just how faithful and excellent Coscarelli's version was, he clearly stuck very faithfully to the source and the representation of Moon Face was iconic enough that it's difficult to read this without your mind conjuring up images of the MoH episode.

It really is a great short story, Lansdale's style throwing you right in at the deep end and not letting up for one moment. It's quite startlingly intense, and there are moments so dark that they understandably never made it to the tv adaptation.

As my first experience of Lansdale in book-form I'm massively impressed, and will be stocking up on more (with Bubba Ho Tep obviously top of the list).
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