In a small Ontario town, seventeen-year-old John Daniel wakes by the railroad tracks with no recollection of how he got there. Something called him from his bed. Officer David Forester, a recent transfer from Toronto, struggles to fit into the local police force, despite resistance from established circles. Both soon suspect a more pervasive and menacing collusion occurring in town when an antique steam train arrives late in the night. At the phantasmal engine, a conductor promises the desperate locals escape from their town dying with so many closed stores and shattered dreams—but there is no denying what the stranger really brings is the stuff of nightmares.”
You can find Town & Train in independent bookstores and at Amazon.
I thought James K. Moran's book was a perfect balance of elements, from descriptions to character personalities and development, to more subtle aspects such as plot and narration. The undertone builds slowly and subtly, taking you to a very satisfying end. The style reminds me of earlier Stephen King, what I like to call 'creeping horror'. All-in-all, a truly satisfying read.
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