“[Collings] brings the reader close in and doesn’t want them to leave… I’d give this an A.” – Horror Drive-In
All passengers, please prepare for departure…
An employee, a cop, and six passengers; a prisoner, a stowaway, and a madman.
“A great read.” – Sci-Fi and Scary
These are the people waiting at the Lawton bus terminal.
“If you need a fast-paced thriller that chills and keeps you guessing, look no further…” – Horror Novel Reviews
Mostly late-night travelers who want nothing more than to get to their destinations, and employees who want nothing more than to get through the graveyard shift.
“[A]n intense, creepy, and twisty read… the suspense will have you on the edge of your seat.” – A Book Lover’s Life
But when a strange, otherworldly fog rolls in, the night changes to nightmare. Because something hides in the fog. Something powerful. Something strange. Something… inhuman.
“The final reveal of Terminal is masterclass-level stuff…” – High Fever Books
Soon, those in the terminal have been cut off from the rest of the world. No phones, no computers. Just ten strangers in the terminal… and The Other.
“Terminal is a hard-edged, brutal, sometimes exceptionally violent thrill-fest of a novel that I blazed through…” – Inkheist Book Reviews
The Other is the force in the mist. The Other is the thing that has captured them. And The Other wants to play a game.
“Terminal is a fun read that keeps you guessing…” – Rae’s Reading Lounge
The rules are simple:
1) The people in the terminal must choose a single person from among them. That person will live. The rest will die.
2) Anyone who attempts to leave the terminal before the final vote will die.
3) The final vote… must be unanimous.
5 stars! “[A] nightmarish tale that was both captivating and frightening and also a novel that I would highly recommend!” – The Genre Minx
A nightmare. And getting worse, because the best way to make a vote unanimous… is to kill the other voters.
Welcome to the Terminal.
Horror After Dark Review
TERMINAL, by Michaelbrent Collings is another of his spellbinding horror novels that brings a unique twist to the genre. Trapped in a terminal, waiting for a bus to arrive, ten people are about to become trapped in a “game” to the death. One that brings nothing more than amusement to those pulling the strings.
“. . . turned back to the fog . . . and it was not dead . . . the word “alive” wasn’t insane at all . . . “
In this tale, I could picture being told: “This is what it was like, in the TWILIGHT ZONE.” (cue eerie music).
The first thing that served to alert these strangers about to be traveling that all was not “normal”, was a dense wall of fog rolling in, but stopping just shy of the actual building–equidistant all around.
“. . . didn’t know what would cause such a strange atmospheric event, but then, he didn’t really want to know . . . “
The beginning half or so of the book really builds on the individual characters, and–to some extent–the “Watchers” and the others, in the fog. That is to say, we are aware that “something(s) are out there, in charge of the event unfolding. The knowledge does not extend further than this, its secrets and motivations remain a mystery to even the reader.
“There are other Watchers, of course, but this one is here now . . . “
This is precisely why the novel is so effective in pulling us into the terminal–with the others trapped–allowing us to feel the fear and desperation as it increases its hold on them.
“. . . the unknown must always be feared. Survival demands it.”
Collings has a great mix of personalities in his characters, allowing for the positive, the hopeful, the frightened, the determined, the clever, and those that heave already given up hope, to all show their reactions to this in individual ways.
“. . . What do you do when the world stops obeying normal world rules?”
The one thing they all believe for certain is what the unknown in the fog conveys to them as “instructions”. Only one of them may live–the rest must die. The one chosen to survive must be voted unanimously by all–Living–beings in there.
With human nature being what it is, it’s obvious that this is not a choice they will readily embrace.
“There were infinite ways a person could be damaged.”
While the universal fear of whatever was controlling the fog is omnipresent, our characters’ emotions and decisions are ever changing as time winds down. Collings is quite adept at developing personalities of all kinds, and he certainly does not disappoint here. In some novels, it’s a struggle to remember the names and lives of the individual people; however, I found that this was not an issue here, as each was so memorable, I still remember them all weeks later. For an author, is there any higher praise than that?
“Isolation can be every bit as deadly as any gun or knife.”
Overall, TERMINAL easily delivered on its premise of horror, terror, a threatening atmosphere, and believable characters. From the very beginning I felt the pull of the storyline draw me in, and was easily immersed in the various situations that each individual player faced. There were some truths exposed that I’d expected, but even better were the twists that I never even suspected. When you read as much of a genre as I do, that is something that really elevates the story, and has me appreciating its execution even more.
“. . . Sooner or later everyone needs to hide something.”
This is another outstanding novel from author Michaelbrent Collings–one that I can easily see myself re-reading in the future.
“It. Never. Ends.”
About The Author
About Michaelbrent Collings
Michaelbrent Collings is an internationally-bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award Finalist, and one of the top indie horror writers in the US. He hopes someday to develop superpowers, and maybe get a cool robot arm.
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