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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  74 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Straley might think his life is cursed, but it doesn't compare to what lies ahead. He's on the run with the loot from a botched bank raid when he comes across an auto wreck. There's no saving the drivers, but he can save himself & steals a car. Alas, he boosts the wrong car. Within an hour, a rash eats at his flesh. If Straley wants his skin back, he must journey on th ...more
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Published March 25th 2010 by Simon Wood (first published March 24th 2010)
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Jennifer
Oct 15, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Road Rash” is an unbelievable tale of a man that steals the wrong car and pays the price. Instead of helping the supposed owner of the car, James leaves him for dead in a ditch. Miles away and no cops in sight, James notices he is getting a rash just like the man he stole the car from miles back. Soon James is covered in the nasty rash that is literally skinning him to the bone. It seems like the end for James, but is it?

When I think of horror, “Road Rash” will be at the top of my list. Janus k
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Kathy LeJeune
Jan 11, 2011 Kathy LeJeune rated it it was amazing
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...
Nancy Silk
Mar 28, 2015 Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Bloody Good Tale of Horror"

This is a short tale of horror, it reminds me of stories one could listen to on radio years ago at night which could chill your bones. Robbing a bank is never easy, especially when silent alarms are used. James Straley had about $400 grand, but he's lost his crew... except for one, who tried to steal the money from him. Well, a shot to Kelso's head stopped him. His car dies on a back country road. As he walks along with the duffle bag heavy on his back, he comes acr
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Cindy-lee
Feb 04, 2011 Cindy-lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Gruesome, and gory and horrific, and totally awesome! I just kept saying ewwwww, in my mind, and quickly turning the page, to see just how descriptively nasty things were going to get. And, what an amazing twist this tale takes. You never see the direction, Simon Wood is going to take the main character, until the very last second! Another fabulous read by a gifted storyteller!
Salina
Mar 28, 2011 Salina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Straley should have thought twice before picking a new getaway car. Road Rash by Simon Janus (Simon Wood) is the gruesome tale of a man desperate to save his life. When things go wrong during a bank robbery and the getaway car dies, James Straley is left with two options. Option one is to continue walking the long, rarely traveled road carrying a bag of stolen money, hoping that someone will give him a ride. Or option two is taking advantage of the car wreck he just witnessed and salvaging ...more
Amy Marbach
Oct 04, 2013 Amy Marbach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Caleb Blake
Jan 20, 2011 Caleb Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Trev Twinem
May 12, 2013 Trev Twinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great fast and enjoyable horror read. James Straley has a nasty infection that is slowly eating him alive and he must search out the mysterious Sylvia who has the cure. It reminded me in part of Thinner by Stephen King and it did end a little suddenly but pleasantly unexpectedly :) This is the second book I have read by Simon Wood (see my review of Terminated http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... and I think he is a great fun author...and that's what good writing is all about, thrilling and easy on the eye..with ...more
Cathy Ryan
Aug 15, 2014 Cathy Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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.

A short but very chilling tale, fast-moving and intriguing. James Straley’s problems begin when he stumbles upon a head on collision and steals one of the cars, leaving the driver for dead. He pays an incredibly high price for his sins and even though he is extremely unlikable at the start his situation and resulting race to find
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Nathan Henrion
Mar 30, 2010 Nathan Henrion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another 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.
Kathy LeJeune
Jun 03, 2010 Kathy LeJeune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
Alfred Hitchcock
Road Rash could have been a major hit on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. I started out hating Straley, then you feel sorry for him and then you get an exciting ending. I did not turn off the Kindle until I finished. I would like to see a sequel to Road Rash!!!
Arielle
Nov 03, 2011 Arielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great! It was in the realm of Stephen King's "Thinner" and was excellent. The little preview at the end of "The Scrubs" was good too, so intriguing that I bought that one too. Wish it had been a bit longer, but then again, I seem to wish that with every book I really like.
Carolyn Klawuhn
Mar 27, 2015 Carolyn Klawuhn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable tale of retribution

This was an entirely different type of story. Although it is an escape from reality, there is still a moral to it.
Tanya
Dec 24, 2010 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, kindle
Euw it was so gross and so awesome! But the blue commas will haunt me and that final blue s...
Denise
Oct 03, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Much enjoyed this book.
Patricia
Apr 02, 2016 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started the book and was prepared not to like it after the first few pages. Then it captivated me and I had to stick around to see how it ended. Road rash is one curse I would not care to get! Good job, Simon Janus, for entertaining me with something outside my usual genre.
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Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's an ex-competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional private investigator. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and five cats. In the last ten years, he's had over 150 stories and articles published. His stories have been included in “Best of” anthologies and h ...more
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