The Last Mile
by Tim Waggoner
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Genre: Adult Dark Fiction/Thriller
Print Length: 140 pages
Available from: Amazon
All Dan wanted was to be
a good husband and father, to provide for his wife and daughter, to
keep them fed, warm, and safe. But then the malevolent godlike beings
called the Masters arrived, and their darkness spread across the world,
reshaping it into a twisted realm of savagery and madness. In exchange
for his family's protection, Dan now serves one of these alien gods,
obtaining human sacrifices to feed his Master's eternal hunger.
so many people since the world changed, Alice has had to do unspeakable
things to survive. Unfortunately for her, she's Dan's choice for his
next sacrifice. Now Dan drives along the shattered remnants of an
old-world highway, headed for his Master's lair, Alice bound hand and
foot in the backseat of his car. Dan may not like what he's become, but
he'll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones. Alice doesn't
intend to relinquish her life so easily, though, and she plans to
escape, no matter the cost.
But in the World After,
everything—animals, plants, even the land itself—has become a predator,
and the journey to the Master's lair is an almost guaranteed suicide
run. But Dan won't give up, and he won't stop fighting. Not until he
makes it through the Last Mile.
The Last Mile by Tim Waggoner
If it’s from DarkFuse, expect writing that pushes the envelope of comfort, the bizarre, completely over the top. The Last Mile by Tim Waggoner is no exception to that rule! Although novella length, this dark and eerie tale is chocked full of mental images of horror. Dan is one of the “lucky” ones after an alien invasion that devastates the world. He has been enthralled, and holds a job that enables his family to have “extras,” meaning things we take for granted, electricity, food, etc. His sole job? To deliver sacrifices to his alien masters. As he travels back and forth, thinking of the before and the after, he continues collecting his sacrifices until that one last victim, who may be more than even Dan can handle.
Tim Waggoner takes a “No Holds Barred” approach to this dark tale and you can expect to get a little uncomfortable at times, but who’s to say that this isn’t the way the end of the world will come? Definitely not for the faint of heart or weak of constitution, all others welcome.
I received this ARC copy from DarkFuse in exchange for my honest review.