The Express Review (Horror Short)

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Are you ready for one hell of a bumpy ride?


A man’s daily commute becomes a hellish nightmare in this harrowing account of a bus crash that transforms a fateful ending into a painful beginning.

Based on an age-old premise with a fresh narrative that visits the undesirable side of life after death. – Goodreads Synopsis



The Express Review

This was really well written. The internal dialogue is a little odd at first, but once you adjust to it, it does the job of really giving you a good sketch of the character. I thought the repeated phrasing would bug me at first, but it actually worked in the story without becoming annoying at all. R.K. Howard did a good job. Its also interesting to note that it entertained me, regardless of my non-religious leanings. Normally this type of subject might induce eye-rolling on my part, but a good story is a good story is a good story.

Overall, The Express is a nicely written short story (though I’d disagree with the thought-provoking portion of the blurb) with an interesting, painful take on Hell that seems much more realistic than Dante’s portion. The only thing I’d change is one scene that’s a little bit, erm, obvious partway through. (I can’t give details because it would spoil, but let’s just say there’s no mystery at all as to what’s happening there, and I would have liked it if it was a little less blunt.) At 47 pages, it’s the perfect length to read over your lunch period.

4 Star Rated The Express Review

Title: The Express | Author: R.K. Howard (site) | Publisher: Mazewriter Publishing | Pub. Date: 2016-2-20 | Pages: 47 | ASIN: B01C1OJ0MG | Genre(s): Speculative Fiction & Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-5-5 | Source: Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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