Monsters start growling…
…head out on the highway!
Monster Road Trip features ten tales of road trips, vacations, tourist destinations, and pits stops that go horribly, horribly wrong. These monsters are out for adventure! But they may not have filled up the gas tank first.
Put on your shades, slather on your sunscreen—
(Especially if you’re a vampire!)
—and load your swimsuit and your best beach bod in to the car, because it’s time to roll out for the summer—scales, tentacles, and all!
In Shannon Lawrence’s “Tailgating,” Sarah and her friend Layla are driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway when Sarah sees an animal leaping through the trees on the side of the road…and it’s clearly following them. To make matters worse, whoever is driving the car behind them also appears to be following them, the car driving so close that its headlights shine into their rear window. And on top of all that, they’re running out of gas…
Sibling werewolves Mimi, Cece, and their adopted baby brother—a runt of a dragon—sneak out and take the family convertible for an evening spin along I-5 in Meyari McFarland’s “Dandelion Rider.” Mimi is still trying to recover from a horrible, and false, accusation that everyone—even their parents—believe. Who else shows up at the party, but her accuser?
Jeff Wood’s “Exit Ramp” takes us to a world that used to be happy and fun, until Jimmy’s dad lost his job. Now the family is on their way to Mesa, Arizona, where—if all goes well—Jimmy’s dad will once again be gainfully employed. But when their car’s tire blows out, they pull off on an exit ramp and find themselves stuck for the night in a place full of small, oddly shaped factories, where the mechanics at the garage have weird, underwater-blue eyes…
A trucker driving through the Nevada desert picks up a hitchhiker in “Wiggle-Wiggle, Shake-Shake,” by Rebecca Hodgkins. Something about the kid seems a bit off, so the trucker stops at a diner he knows, thinking at least the kid would be safe if left there. But there’s a lot more going on out in the desert than he ever could have imagined.
In Mark Leslie’s “Stowe Away,” Michael needs to get to Stowe, Vermont, to help his dearest friend—and it’s imperative that he arrive before sunset, when the full moon will turn him into a wolf. He boards a train and meets someone else who desperately needs his help as well. But the day is growing long, and Michael is running out of time…
Ron Collins takes us on a winding path of destruction by a wonderfully vile beast in “Trail of Fears.” A beast born from the foulness created by humanity, the beast would say, if it could. And some things, once birthed, cannot be killed.
Bean, a goblin who’s spent most of his life below ground, agrees to drive his brilliant but transportationally-challenged cousin Heinrich across the country in Jamie Ferguson’s “Goblin Road Trip.” Heinrich plans to propose to his estranged girlfriend, who moved to Colorado after she got frustrated with his inability to remember, well, anything. Will she say yes to Heinrich’s proposal? Will he remember where the ring is? Will the cousins even make it to their destination at all?
This collection wouldn’t be complete without people searching for Bigfoot! Or is that bigfeet? “The Squatchers,” by Jason Dias, takes us to the mountains with a team of YouTubers who make their living searching for sasquatch—in spite of the fact that they never seem to actually find any.
“The Plague Comet,” by DeAnna Knippling, is set in 1957, when a comet carrying a zombie plague struck, and everything went to hell. But worse things can happen to you in the Nevada desert than getting infected by zombie plague rays…
Roland Eckstein, a couple of his friends, and a group of ancient monsters embark on a road trip across Europe in Sharon Kae Reamer’s “Alexander’s Gate.” Their goal: a mythical, monster-populated secret hideaway, somewhere east of Turkey and north of Iran. Even Grendel agrees not to eat any humans on the trip, not even humans who happen to be Danish. Things are going well until they make a small detour to pick up Medusa and her companion—and everything gets much more complicated than Roland could have possibly imagined.
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Monster Road Trip, the second issue in the Amazing Monster Tales anthology series, is on its way! The fantastic cover art was designed by the super awesome Paul Roman Martinez.
This issue contains stories by: Shannon Lawrence, Meyari McFarland, Jeff Wood, Rebecca Hodgkins, Mark Leslie, Ron Collins, Jamie Ferguson, Jason Dias, DeAnna Knippling, and Sharon Kae Reamer.
Just a few more days until the road trip begins!
Amazing Monster Tales is here to provide it!
11 tales of monsters, mayhem, strange and inexplicable events, uncanny technologies, wildly improbable events, and more. Some monsters you’ve seen before…
And some of them you haven’t!
Some monsters are the good guys…
And some of them are very, very bad indeed!
Dawn of the Monsters features trolls, goblins, creeps, mad scientists, vampires, aliens, Frankenstein, a very nasty ex-girlfriend, a mysterious egg, a bargain you can’t refuse, something dark and mysterious that lives underground, and a disgusting, evil beast straight out of the swamp!
Lester, a research scientist with an egotistical, micro-managing boss, heads in to the office on a Saturday to look for his lost phone in Jamie Ferguson’s “Transmogrification“. Not only does he find his phone, he also discovers the mysterious door in his laboratory that’s always locked is slightly ajar. Scientists are curious, so of course Lester has to investigate…
Mark Leslie’s “The Ritual of the Drawing” is set in the small town of Birks Falls, where tradition is sacred, and the unwanted dregs of society are not a threat as long as the town has Mr. McNeal and the ritual of the drawing. After all, under the proper circumstances, a vampire is a wonderful thing for a town to have.
“On a Dark Road to Nowhere,” by Marcelle Dubé, takes place on a winter night in the woods in the Yukon.
An alien ship landed in a clearing near Maggie’s house, and the creature has begun to explore the area. What the thing wants isn’t clear, but what is clear is that it’s very, very dangerous.
“In the Shade of the Slowboat Man,” by Dean Wesley Smith, is a tale about a vampire saying goodbye to her dying human lover.
Monsters are very, very real in Steve Vernon’s “Neck Bolt Lynch Pin.” As long as people believe in them, they will continue to exist. Because a story, if told well and often enough, in time can grow a life of its own.
Karin’s boyfriend’s ex-lover refuses to go away in P. D. Cacek’s “The Bitch.” And worse, the woman is smart and manipulative, managing to make other people feel sorry for her even though she’s harassing and stalking the couple. Karin has to find a way to get the bitch out of her life, for good.
In Annie Reed’s “Rites of Passage,” Finn guards this world from the monsters on the other side, slaying their servants who continually attempt to create passageways for their masters to come through. His work is important, lonely, and dangerous. His own master was killed when he got careless after too many decades on the job. And Finn’s been doing this work for a very, very long time.
Ten-year-old Isidora finds a pair of odd-looking eggs on the beach in Sèphera Girón’s “Beach Comber.” She takes them home to her mother, not realizing the creature who laid the eggs will soon come looking for them…
Marcella, the queen of the bargain hunters, is surprised when she’s kicked out of a new thrift store in Rebecca M. Senese’s “Bargain Hunter.” Not only is she annoyed, the store’s prices aren’t really bargains—and shoppers are beginning to disappear. Marcella sneaks back in to the store for their special, after-hours sale, and finds out what’s really going on. To stop it, she has to strike the bargain of a lifetime.
A private detective is surprised when the pair of men he’s tailing begin digging up an old grave in DeAnna Knippling’s “The Grave-Diggers.” They claim they’re after a lucky necklace that was buried with one of their ancestors—a woman rumored to have been a witch. As detectives well know, if you want to know what’s really going on, all you have to do is follow the money. All the way down to that black place under the dirt.
“It Came Out of the Swamp,” by Ron Collins, takes us deep into the swamp. A young man heads to southern Georgia, determined to write a book about a supposed swamp monster that left a swath of destruction before being burned to a crisp by a flamethrower. Was the monster real, or a legend? Had it really gone on a rampage and killed people, or was the whole story part of a corporate cover-up about bio-engineering, or dumping of radioactive waste? One thing’s for sure—you can’t kill the swamp.