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Road Rash [Kindle Edition]

Simon Wood , Simon Janus
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

James Straley might think his life is cursed, but it doesn't compare to what lies ahead of him on life's highway. He's on the run with the proceeds of a botched bank robbery. It's all he has. His crew is dead and his getaway car just died on him. He's on foot with the cash when he comes across a two-car pileup. There's no saving the drivers, but he can save himself by stealing one of the wrecked cars. Unfortunately, he boosts the wrong set of wheels. Within an hour of driving off, he develops a rash that eats away at his flesh. No doctor can help him—only the car's original owner. If Straley wants his skin back, he must journey on the road to redemption, which ends in the heart of Central America.

Road Rash first appeared in the anthology Butcher Shop Quartet 2.

Simon Janus is the horror identity for the award winning thriller writer, Simon Wood.

What They Are Saying About Road Rash:

"Road Rash is a wild collision of crime caper and supernatural thriller that works on every level. Lightning-paced, darkly funny, deeply creepy, and highly recommended."
— Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of THE DRAGON FACTORY

“Simon Janus understands the darkness inside us all and nails it to the page. Fast-paced and gut-wrenching, pedal-to-the-metal thrills."
— Scott Nicholson, author of THE RED CHURCH

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Simon Wood is an ex-racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional private investigator. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. A longhaired dachshund and five cats dominate their lives. He's had over 150 stories and articles published. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines anthologies, such as Seattle Noir, Thriller 2 and Woman's World. He's a frequent contributor to Writer's Digest. He's the Anthony Award winning author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper and We All Fall Down. As Simon Janus, he's the author of The Scrubs and Road Rash. His latest thriller, Terminated, is out in mass paperback with a new short story collection, Asking for Trouble, out later in the year. Curious people can learn more at

Product Details

  • File Size: 2866 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Publisher: Dead Wood Books (January 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DZ1EU4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended December 2, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
No way any kind of salve or ointment is going to take the sting out of Simon Wood's "Road Rash"! It's about a thief who's running away from a crime he's committed and comes across an accident on the highway. Needing a getaway car, he runs over to the accident and what he finds inside the car is a man who's covered in sore's from some type of disease. Desperately needing a getaway car, he gets inside it despite all of the blood everywhere. And while he's getting in, the man touches him. This sets off a chain of events that is not only gruesome, but an exciting and fun read.

If you think this is a simple retelling of Stephen King's "The Lonesome Death Of Jody Verrill", you'll have to guess again, Road Rash is much better and the extended ending is not only unexpected, but is way cool. If you enjoyed Wood's "The Scrubs", you are going to love "Road Rash".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Bloody Good Read" March 30, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Great story. Well worth the 99 cents. Simon is great at pacing and suspense, and this little tale will keep you glued to the page til the end.

*Spoiler Warning?*
I'm reserving the 5th star because I think this could have been developed into a longer piece. The reversal of the main character was quick and sudden. It would have been cool to delve deeper into his soul searching. But that is just a matter of taste.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is sweet and not fattening. June 3, 2010
By LeJeune
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I grew up watching Alfred Hitchcock and Twilight Zone. I love short stories with a twist and a kick. Alfred said, Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
Road Rash will give you pleasure all the way to the end. Simon can create tension and suspense. You hate Straley and then you feel sorry for him! This is a page turner and would have been a hit on the Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
I could not turn off the Kindle until I finished Road Rash...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice read, slow last quarter May 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
James Straley is on the run after a bank robbery gone bad. His car breaks down. He comes across an accident scene and take off with one of the cars, leaving the driver to die. He then suddenly develops bad mysterious rashes that no medicine can help.
This is a short and easy read. The story is interesting enough. The rash is quite horrible. I like Janus's style (very much like Joe Hill). Straley is likeable even though he is an admitted criminal and a bad man. He is funny. Everybody in the book (Straley, the doctor, the pharmacist, Bulldog) is intelligent,i.e., they don't act like idiots. That's a big plus. You don't read and wonder why people act like idiots.

The last quarter after he tries to do that last thing and fails is very slow and the ending is abrupt.

**SPOILER** That shaking hands with Kelso is totally predictable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't shake hands with the devil... October 4, 2013
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James Straley is a man on the run. Having just come from a botched bank robbery that left two men in his "crew" dead- he is in need of wheels badly when he comes across a gruesome accident scene. Doing the unthinkable, Straley takes one of the cars from the scene- leaving the obviously very injured driver for dead on a mission to get himself and his coveted loot out of state. However, he doesn't even make it out of state when he learns that the driver wasn't injured he was infected and now James seems to have contracted whatever "monkey pox" the driver of the Caprice had and is now on a mission to cure himself of it.

I LOVED this book, despite it being somewhat short. It was quick moving and intriguing and I was able to devour it in one sitting. The vivid descriptions are just enough to give your imagination something to run wild with without giving readers too much information. The abrupt ending was a bit of a surprise to me- but I also loved it's somewhat cliffhanging denouement. With it, author Janus (Wood), leaves us just enough information to let our imaginations run wild with the possibility of what may have happened next. Sometimes, especially with the horror genre, I find it isn't what is in the book that is as horrifying and what lies in the reader's imagination and interpretation of the story. I dare you to give it a go!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Road Rash April 12, 2014
By Knobby
Format:Kindle Edition

What a truly fantastic short horror story from master storyteller Simon Janus (Simon Wood).

This is the story of bank robber James Straley. After a bank job goes horribly wrong, Straley, the sole survivor runs into trouble when his getaway car breaks down.

Struggling on foot, he stumbles a car crash and steals one of the vehicles, an old Chevy Caprice. As he pulls the driver from the car, he's shocked by the blistered and bleeding wounds covering his body and is even more surprised when the driver grabs him by the wrist and asks for help.

Soon after leaving the man in a ditch and driving off, Straley is devastated to discover that he too has the rash that covered the previous driver of the vehicle.

Now he's in a desperate race against time, to discover who the man was, what disease or condition he suffered from and the cure for the rash.

Another clever and truly chilling tale from an incredible author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cautionary tale January 20, 2011
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A grisly little novella and cautionary tale. If curses travel from evil to most evil, it may pay not to be the worst person in the room.

In Road Rash, Simon Janus punishes a despicable individual for our entertainment, allowing us to feel the discomfort, dispair and final acceptance of a pretty nasty curse.

It was over pretty quickly, but I enjoyed the suffering, the dashed hopes and the final resolution for the main character.

The book reminded me a little of one of those late night series of small 30 minute horror stories - the series you'd enjoy much more if good actors were employed. In this case, the bad acting is substituted with the authors great characterisation, showing me that this format can at least succeed in print.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry waste of an hour
I gave it one star because I couldn't give it less. This short story could have been written by a 6th grader. It was so unrealistic in just about every sense as to be risible. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Perry Stahlman
5.0 out of 5 stars The skeleton
Good story. Wish the book was longer! Never expected that the book would be like it turned out to be.
Published 1 month ago by christin roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Was just an o.k. book.
Published 3 months ago by Linda Starr
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror!
4.5 stars
Horror is not usually my genre of choice but I was curious when I read the synopsis and the story repelled and fascinated in equal measure. I’m glad I read it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by Robert Humphries
1.0 out of 5 stars So-So Read
I was not impressed in the least with this book. I thought it was childlike, written poorly and overall boring. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
A very good book. Almost like Rod Sterling wrote it. The author stayed with the plot from start to finish .
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Road Rash
This book is probably a good read if you like fairy tales. I didn't have too much enjoyment reading this. But it was not a boring book, but not very interesting to me.
Published 13 months ago by CpC
5.0 out of 5 stars Road Rash by Simon Wood, Simon Janus
Very interesting book. I never read this make believe books but this one really kept in the story. Very good reading.
Published 13 months ago by Barbara Piccini
2.0 out of 5 stars What?
All in all it was a well written story. Though the ending left me hanging,it was a lot like an early Stephen King short
Published 13 months ago by D. Powell
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