By Blake Crouch
From the writer of desolate tract areas and Locked doorways comes this 40,000-word choice of six tales and novellas.
Perfect Little city – Ron and Jessica Stahl are an influence couple from California, on a Christmas vacation in Colorado. once they cease for the afternoon in sleepy Lone Cone, they're charmed by way of the old fashioned vacationer city. however the folksy hospitality will vanish because the solar drops in the back of the mountains. The Stahls couldn't have picked a worse evening of the yr to get snowed into this ideal little city with a dismal, darkish secret.
Serial – The vintage horror brief I wrote with J.A. Konrath, during which we flip our consciousness to the dual golden principles of hitchhiking: # 1: Don't pass hitchhiking, as the driving force who selections you up may be certifiably loopy. # 2: Don't decide up hitchhikers, as the tourist you decide up can be a raving nutcase. So what if, on a few darkish, remoted street, loopy number one provided a experience to Nutcase #2?
The Newton Boys' final picture – At 25 phrases, the shortest tale I ever wrote. however it packs a wallop.
The Meteorologist – Peter, a disgraced meteorologist and protracted wanderer, has traveled the rustic for years in his Winnebago, looking for the single factor that provides his lifestyles which means. He's simply arrived in the midst of nowhere—Hokie, Kansas—for an identical function, but if he meets a waitress named Melanie, one other patient, he's confronted not just together with his first genuine human touch in years, yet might be a person who can shop him.
Unconditional – a talk among people—devastating, tragic, and beautiful.
The ache of Others – Letty Dobesh, a stunning, degenerate thief, is clean out of the clink and again to her outdated tricks—in this situation, burglarizing suites at a luxurious resort in Asheville, North Carolina. but if she's stunned by way of returning site visitors on her final room of the day, she's compelled to conceal within the closet to prevent getting stuck, and inadvertently overhears a hitman being shrunk to homicide the spouse of a prosperous lawyer.
Six within the Cylinder additionally includes introductions to every tale through the writer, an interview with Blake, excerpts from his novels, and an excerpt of The stroll via Lee Goldberg.