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The author of the book: Dean Koontz
Language: English
ISBN: 0446531383
ISBN 13: 9780446531382
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 672 KB
Edition: Warner Books (NY)
Date of issue: September 29th 2002
Reader ratings: 6.7
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A strong and solid, horror anthology!


The general rating is an average sum result of the individual ratings given to each novella and short story contained in the anthology.


All stories in this anthology are written by Dean Koontz.


STRANGE HIGHWAYS (novella)

Rating: ***** ( 5 stars )

…how can there be any redemption if I knowingly turn my back on evil and walk away from it?

This is the story who gives title to this anthology.

A man who has failed in anything that he ever tried, while his older brother has been always successful, returns to his hometown to attend his father’s funeral, however a strange road will lead him to a trip back in time, to try to avoid a bloody tragedy, however he doesn’t know how personal can become.

Formidable tale with all signature elements of the good Koontz’s stories: classic towns, male writers, wonderful female characters, car chases, etc…


THE BLACK PUMPKIN (short story)

Rating: **** ( 4 stars )

You get what you give.

One kid is good, his brother is naughty, the parents aren’t any saints, and a terrifying black carved pumpkin. A Halloween night of reckoning.

And at the end, is it possible to remain good all life?


MISS ATTILA THE HUN (short story)

Rating: *** ( 3 stars )

This going to be an interesting incarnation.

A space “seed” falls into Earth and it’s waiting its time to get control of all intelligent life there. Its first real challenge will be a school teacher. An epic battle in a small classroom between an ancient evil versus a young love.


DOWN IN THE DARKNESS (short story)

Rating: ***** ( 5 stars )

Darkness dwells within even the best of us. In the worst of us, darkness not only dwells but reigns.

A couple buys a house, where the husband notices a strange door in the kitchen leading to a very deep and very dark cellar.

However, the house never had a cellar…

…some people and some actions deserves punishment, a merciless punishment, but who really deserve it and what actions are? And when is enough?


OLLIE’S HANDS (short story)

Rating: **** ( 4 stars )

She still did not fully understand what his talent meant, what a wall between them his hands might soon become.

This is revised version of the previously published story.

A reserved man with an extraordinary power wants to save a woman, not only her life but also her soul, her priorities, giving her a worthy purpose in life…

…even if that means not being part of her life at all.

Sometimes, good deeds are a lonely path.


SNATCHER (short story)

Rating: ***** ( 5 stars )

…was it possible to outrun the devil?

A purse snatcher will get more than he ever thought possible when he would have the very bad idea of robbing the purse of a very strange old lady.

He will fall deeper than ever!


TRAPPED (short story)

Rating: ***** ( 5 stars )

There’s something weird about these rats.

This is my favorite story in the anthology. I already read it several years ago in a different anthology where it appeared along with material of other authors and there, it was my favorite story too! Actually it was the first stuff that I ever read by Koontz, before reading my first full-length novel Phantoms.

A widow and his young son (with a casted leg) are trapped in their own home by insidious and highly intelligent rats, product of a research lab near of their farm.

You will feel real chills along finding the signs of the rats’ malevolent intellect.

Have you checked your doors? What was that noise? Have you checked what you're about to eat?


BRUNO (short story)

Rating: ***** ( 5 stars )

There are some pretty weird alternate realities out there.

This is revised version of the previously published story.

A private detective and a “propability cop” from a parallel dimension formed an odd partnership with the goal of catching a slippery alien.

The meeting of those two individuals opens the imagination to dimensions where Steven Spielberg could be a revolutionary inventor, Walt Disney resulted a weapons designer, and Smith & Wesson is the best fast food restaurant franchise!


WE THREE (short story)

Rating: ***** ( 5 stars )

He’s unborn but completely aware.

This is revised version of the previously published story.

Three siblings become so powerful that they decide that humankind is unnecesary so they exterminated it, turning to be the sole inhabitants on Earth…

…however the population’s count will increase soon and they may be seen unnecesary too.


HARDSHELL (short story)

Rating: *** ( 3 stars )

Dead men don’t bleed.

A game of cat and mouse develops in an abandoned warehouse (have you notice that in any story the warehouse always are abandoned?!) between a wounded cop and a vicious killer.

However, who is the “cat” and who is the “mouse” is still to be seen, since there are a lot beyond the evident.


KITTENS (short story)

Rating: ***** ( 5 stars )

What about the kittens?

This is revised version of the previously published story.

Also, this was the very first story that Dean Koontz ever sold.

A young girl who suffered from abuse learns that “God took her kittens to Heaven”…

No more.

That was the the final thing that she can bear, in a long line of abuses in her life…

…so she plans her insane retribution.

This isn’t a story for the faint of heart.


THE NIGHT OF THE STORM (short story)

Rating: *** ( 3 stars )

I’ve seen nothing to make me believe in myths.

In the far future, a hunting party of robots are in the middle of the woods, however those far-fetched legends about…

…humans…

…can turn into a disturbing reality for their field trip.

Those who forget history are doomed to live it again (even die for it).


TWILIGHT OF THE DAWN (short story)

Rating: **** ( 4 stars )

Innocent fantasies can lead to some that aren’t so innocent.

Every atheist is put to test of their “beliefs” (or should I say what they don’t believe?) when a close one is suffering a terminal illness.

There is more between Earth and Heaven than anybody can really get to know.

Why God is only good for a lot of people when they need something?


CHASE (novella)

Rating: *** ( 3 stars )

He knew he was lying to himself

A man who used to be a Vietnam War Hero is chasing a bloodthirsty killer…

…however things aren’t as simple as that.

Chases aren’t always straight lines.








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Ebook Strange Highways read Online! Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

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