eBook: 47 Pages
Series: Short story standalone
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: King, for me, isn’t scary. I mean, take Misery for example. After reading, was I scared a psycho fan/bitch from Hell was going to jump at me with an axe? No, no I wasn’t. Was I horrified by the gruesome acts of violence? Yes, yes I was.
And therein lies King’s, and Hill’s, talent, in his ability to make me wince and cringe with his unapologetic writing, bloody violent scenes and suspense.
I haven’t read Matheson’s Duel and so I’m in no position to make any comparisons, but I have seen a couple of reviewers using the word copy instead of tribute/homage when referring to Throttle. Fact remains, this short story is great and exactly what it promised to be.
Following an unfortunate incident and a meth head with sticky hands, a biker gang called The Tribe are screwed out of 60 grand. Wanting their money back, they all pay a visit to the guy who had it, visit that ends up being a slaughter.
Later on that day, while the bikers talk about what happened, a trucker in the diner’s parking lot overhears their conversation and decides to make them pay. If you’ve seen enough horror movies then I’m sure you know what follows.
Violence and retribution ensue, in more ways than one.
The writing was good, the pacing too, especially since it’s such a short story and, a welcome surprise, by the end of the story I actually cared about some of the characters, undeveloped as they were. With only 47 pages worth of writing, characters take a secondary role to the action.
If you’re a Stephen King fan, like his son’s novels or just a horror fan, read this short story.