I sort of expected this story to continue beyond where it actually ends. It seems the author has set up the logical twist ending, and then left it off.
A short-tempered young man comes across the car of an old classmate on the side of the road. Inside is the woman and her two children, and one of the children is bleeding to death. And she's holding the knife. She claims it was wrested from the attacker, but nothing feels right about the scene.
Not bad. I wasn't really drawn to it (maybe I would have been with the logical ending), but it was enjoyable enough. As part of the 20th Century Ghosts collection, it's a weaker story, so don't buy it on its own, but feel free to get the whole set.
I've noticed that there are little to no reviews for Joe Hill's individual stories from 20th Century Ghosts. Having read the entire anthology as well as his other novels, I thought I'd write an introductory review of these stories as they relate to Joe's work as a whole. Please note that although I may rate this short story less than 5 stars, I rate the entire book as a solid 5-star work. My ratings on individual shorts are somewhat an indication of how much I enjoyed this particular one...but more so I tried to rate it based on which would give an uncertain reader the truest idea of if the entire book is for them--which ultimately I'd recommend. If need be, please see my 5-star review on the Kindle version of the novel which is a verified purchase.
It's hard not to give too much detail about a short story, and I don't wish to ruin anyone's surprise and enjoyment of this particular work. This story is a creepy and creative short.
The writing as always in this story is intense. The story is one of the more grating and creepy in the anthology. This wasn't my favorite story personally, and I'm not sure reading this one will give you a great idea of what Mr. Hill's work is like.