Shoebox Train Wreck by John Mantooth
Lethe Press

Shoebox Train Wreck by John Mantooth

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The end of the road can be a haunted place. These genre-bending stories are set against a backdrop of sudden violence and profound regret, populated by characters whose bleak circumstances drive them to the point of no return...and sometimes even further. A high school track star faces a betrayal she cannot outrun. Two friends take a journey to find the dead alien hidden in the belly of a 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 the apocalypse being an elaborate hoax. 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 grief as well as imagination.

Please note that this collection may have the same title of the 2012 release, but the table of contents has some significant differences:

  • A Long Fall Into Nothing
  • This is Where the Road Ends
  • Chicken
  • Halloween Comes to County Rd. 7
  •  Shoebox Train Wreck
  • The Water Tower
  • On the Mountain
  • Saving Doll
  • Walk the Wheat
  • A Sojourner’s Guide to the Black Warrior River Bottoms (and Beyond)
  • The Spirit Moves
  • Slide
  • The Cecilia Paradox
  • James
  • The Chicken Farmer and His Boy
  • Thirteen Scenes From Your Twenty-Fourth Year