It’s been a good run for my short story ‘Stop the Car.’ Selected for the Kindle Singles platform two years ago, it continues to please readers (and listeners as an audiobook), and has just been renewed for a second time as part of Amazon’s Prime Reader program promotion, available to anyone with a Prime subscription. For me that means lots of new readers, as well as a most pleasing royalty payment. Thanks, Amazon! Thanks, readers and listeners!
1977. Three teenagers on an Indiana back road, heading home away from the highway, away from prying eyes and traffic cops. One behind the driver’s wheel, two in the back seat sampling the merchandise that could get them all jailed. And then, as the car careens along beneath a black sky lit only by a million stars, they see it. The boys demand they stop the car. The driver refuses. Whatever it is they see makes the decision for them and stops the car in its tracks. What happens next to them could be real or imagined, but it will never be forgotten.