Aaron Dries’ debut pulls out all the stops in this fast-paced, gruesome story that delves into the human psyche and explores what pushes a person to commit horrific acts of violence. The villains Dries creates are incredibly realistic and absolutely terrifying. Filled with plenty of gore, enough to cause this reviewer to pause mid-page and look away, this story is not for those with a weak stomach, but will please any horror fan looking for an entirely unique, twisted tale.

Bus driver Liz Frost starts her day wanting to commit suicide but instead the sadistic woman takes her busload of passengers hostage at gunpoint. Then she brings them home to meet her deranged family. This non-linear story, filled with flashbacks and flashforwards, follows each passenger as they attempt to stop Liz, many of whom instead meet their demise. However, the tale also looks at Liz’s past, revealing her disturbing childhood and shedding light onto what caused her madness. But the overarching question is can Liz’s captives make it out alive, or will the Frost family have their murderous way? (SAMHAIN, March 2012, dl., $5.50)

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Reviewed by: 
Janine Johnston