Bumps in the Road is an anthology, edited by Chad Lutzke, containing stories that all have something to do with being on the road. The road can be a dark, creepy, and lonely place; some of these trips are nightmarish, indeed.
As with any collection, not all of the stories worked for me, but the ones that worked especially well are as follows:
The Last Seven Miles and Home by Shane Simmons. As ugly little scenario that felt realistic to me.
Deprivation by Chad Lutke. This was a heartwarming tale of a trucker doing without. Doing without a lot of things. Like...teeth.
Lids by John Boden. I'm not sure, but I felt like this story was about saying goodbye. I liked it.
Loop by Bekki Pate. Just plain disturbing.
Blood is Thicker by John Rollins. I thought my mother was bad.
Night Patrol by Vincent Treewell. I had a clue where this story was going from nearly the beginning, but the journey was enjoyable anyway.
Overall, I enjoyed this collection more than I thought I would. With the exception of Chad Lutke and John Boden, I had not previously heard of any of these authors-that's kind of a shame. I think there's some real talent on the grow here, and I look forward to hearing more from a few of these writers soon.
Recommend to all fans of short fiction!
*A free PDF of Bumps in the Road was provided to me by John Boden in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*