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By Clay McLeod Chapman

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ISBN 10: 078686737X
192 pages

An edgy, darkly humorous debut collection of chilling stories that will take hold of your imagination without letting go.

Clay Chapman’s characters don’t turn heads or perform dramatic feats of heroism. They aren’t highly educated or well traveled. Their backgrounds and circumstances are unexceptional. Their stories, however, are anything but.

Originating as a series of enthusiastically received monologues that this twenty-four-year-old author has performed around the country and abroad, rest area leads us into the minds of characters as real as they are original, and through a series of domestic horror stories that will leave readers breathless with amazement.

A man waits for his daughter outside the bathroom of a highway rest stop where she disappeared — months ago.

A deaf teenager reveals the hidden drama of her daily bus ride to school.

A lonely old woman romances a rabid fox with tales of her past.

The owner of a traveling carnival takes colorful revenge on a group of ten-year-olds.

A ventriloquist and his dummy “discuss” their growing dissatisfaction with their relationship.

Surprisingly comic and wonderfully tender, shockingly brutal and cleverly twisted, these are tales of ordinary people caught up in more-than-ordinary events. They herald the arrival of a unique talent — and of an arsenal of powerfully authentic voices that will echo long after the last page is turned.


“Bold, honest realism.” —Library Journal

“Spoken-word enthusiasts and camp counselors in search of roughedged material will enjoy this.” —Publishers Weekly

“Excellent read-aloud choices and could lead to lively discussion.” —Booklist


Carolina plates. You guys have come far. Where you heading? Out Midwest? Lord, that?s a long haul. You?ve got to be nomadic to drive all that way, nowadays.

Beats flying, that?s right. The only way to travel, if you?re pining for the sights. And

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