12 Hours

Raw Dog Screaming. Jan. 2024. 80p. ISBN 9781947879652. pap. $12.95. HORROR
The last thing a cab driver remembers is pulling over to take a short break during his late-night shift in an area where he regularly offers his services to those at the margins of society. As the novel opens, the cab driver has been robbed and cannot move. What follows is a thoroughly absorbing, emotionally compelling story told via a conversational first-person narration. As the unnamed narrator awaits rescue, readers stay with him during his worst moments and, once his fate is realized, eagerly follow him as he comes to terms with his life choices. Filled to its brim with heart, this intensely unsettling and unflinchingly honest tale will not only introduce readers to an unforgettable character at his worst moment, but it also demands that they take a long, hard look at themselves, especially after reaching the book’s perfect ending.
VERDICT Wood (Telecommuting) showcases the strengths of the novella as the perfect vehicle for horror storytelling, in a captivating tale that is in equal measures beautiful and brutal, presenting terror both terrestrial and supernatural; similar to the work of Gabino Iglesias and V. Castro.
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