Editor: Annie Wilder
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback, 256 Pages
ISBN-10: 0765330350 (Tor/Macmillan)
ISBN-13: 978-0765330352 (Tor/Macmillan)
Reviewed by: Kristie
In a uniquely entertaining book by a rising star, here are uncanny true tales of haunted highways, weird encounters, and legends of the road.
It may have happened to you; it’s happened to almost everyone who’s ever driven down a highway at night, or in the fog, or snow. Something suddenly appears: a flash of movement, a shadow…what was it? It could be, as the true stories in this book attest, a ghost.
These are true stories from the highways and byways of America. These firsthand accounts are as varied as the storytellers themselves—some are detailed and filled with the terror and suspense that made people feel they had to share what happened to them with others; others are brief and straightforward retellings of truly chilling events.
Here is a chupacabra attack on the desert highway between L.A. and Las Vegas; ghost trains and soldiers; UFOs; the prom girl ghost of Alabama; a demon in Texas, and other accounts of the creepy, scary things that truckers and other drivers and passengers told to editor Annie Wilder.
With so many different stories, Trucker Ghost Stories moves beyond the usual haunted house to offer stories to entice any ghost story reader…and anyone who’s ever wondered….
Quick & Dirty: A collection of ghost stories told from the people who experienced the supernatural while on the road.
Excerpt: Yes “Demon in Texas”
I won’t lie. I am a huge fan of ghost stories whether they make you laugh, cry, run screaming from the room or keep you awake at night. Trucker Ghost Stories is filled with first person accounts of the paranormal while on the highway, some stories range from a paragraph to several pages long. Most of the stories are told from truckers but there are a few from people just traveling in their cars and some are told in third person accounts (“my friend had this happen to them”). These stories are not told from professional writers so some do come off a little choppy (“so that’s my story” or “here’s my story” or even repeating a few points over again).
The stories are broken up into four different categories: Just Plain Weird, Messages and Assistance from the Spirit World, Haunted Highways: Legends and Lore of the Road and finally Time Slips. Just Plain Weird jumps you into the ghost story/legend experiences from being chased by a skinwalker to UFO’s to a woman who was kissed by a ghost while she was sleeping in her semi. The second category holds my favorite story, “My Guardian Angel is a Truck Driver”, this story made me cry but thinking back on it, I have a hard time believing it to be true. If it is true, I am sorry for doubting it, but it is one of the few third person stories in this collection so that adds to the could this be made up files?
The third section covers legends and lore of the road. I was kind of amazed about how many of these stories took place in Oklahoma. Since I live in Kansas I feel like I could investigate if I ever had some free time and ever felt inclined to do something like that. A lot of these stories I was familiar with from watching TV shows. I know one thing, I am never driving on Highway 666 now 393. Time Slips is probably the most scary part of the collection, some of these were about seeing ghosts dressed up from the past or losing time and being taken someplace that is not in the here and now. “Incident at Lost River” would have freaked me out so much I would never have driven that way again, let alone taken people with me to see if it would happen again!
I recommend this collection of stories for those who like a good ghost story. It will give you something to think about or look out for the next time you are on a long road trip.
FTC Advisory: Tor/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Trucker Ghost Stories: And Other True Tales of Haunted Highways, Weird Encounters, and Legends of the Road. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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