Saturday, February 14, 2009

BTAP #10: The Toll Collectors by Chris F. Holm

Chris Holm delivers our first horror story and it creeped me the hell out. "The Toll Collectors" takes place in the Northeast US, an area that I've travelled through many times which only added to the story's eerieness, but, regardless of where you’re from, you will feel the chill. If you picture Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling standing along a stretch of abandoned road, narrating this extraordinary piece, I'm right there with you, and you'll be glad for the company.

Next Week: Finishing off the month of February will be an excerpt from Bill Raetz’s spy novel, No Blood, No Foul, set for release on March 1st.

In BTAP News: The piece that kicked-off our webzine, “The Instrument of Their Desire,” will be featured in an upcoming anthology from Ed Gorman. We couldn’t be more pleased for Patti Abbott on the success of her captivating story ... congratulations!

19 comments:

Barbara Martin said...

Wonderfully spooky with the progression of elements to deepen the chill.

Don Ward said...

That was a good one. Very eerie indeed.

Junosmom said...

Okay, now I'll have to sleep with the lights on.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm off to check it out. And Wow, congrats to Patti.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks, David. And, Charles. And, Ed, of course.Off to read Chris' story.

David Cranmer said...

Barbara, It is and I'm very glad to say we have a wonderful horror follow-up called "A Stash of Goods" by B. Martin.

Don, It sure is in the quiet way which adds to the ghostly atmosphere.

Junosmom, Lo siento.

Charles, Enjoy.

Patti, Yeah, it's exciting that you and Megan will be in the same issue.

Georgie B said...

I found it to be a good read. A bit creepy and just the right amound of graphic violence without being too over the top.

Additionally, I find your e-zine a nice read when I need a break from my writing.

Barrie said...

Twilight Zone creeped me out. Even when I watched in at noon! So, I'm sure The Toll Collectors would really get me!

David Cranmer said...

Georgie B, Glad you enjoyed Chris's story and thanks for the compliment.

Barrie, The Zone is in my top five favorite shows and Mr. Holm's yarn could fit in nicely with the best work of Robert Bloch or Richard Matheson from that period.

Paul Brazill said...

David, will check out The Toll Collectors tonight. I've sent Cold London Blues to BTAP, at last! Patti. Congrats. It's a great story. Cheers.Paul

David Cranmer said...

Paul, I see it in the inbox and I'm looking forward to reading it. Please give me a few days because I'm pleasantly swamped with submissions.

Josh said...

sweet

Anonymous said...

That was a good ghostly story.

Diane

Clare2e said...

Congrats to Patti and to BTAP for having the fine taste to publish it first!

The Toll Collectors just keeps the standard high.

David Cranmer said...

Diane, It sure is. You may want to check out Mr. Holm's blog where he has links to other stories of his.

Clare, We have had a good run and still have a few surprises on the way.

Chris said...

Oh, for God's sake -- if you're gonna keep saying such nice things about me, I insist you call me Chris. And I'm glad the story's been so well-received; it was a lot of fun to write!

David Cranmer said...

Chris, Ha! ... The Toll Collectors is getting amazing feedback. Mucho thanks.

Josh said...

thanks dude

David Cranmer said...

No problem. Best of luck!