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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  67 reviews
All passengers, please prepare for departure…

An employee, a cop, and five prisoners; a prisoner, a stowaway, and a madman.

These are the people waiting at the Lawton bus terminal. Mostly late-night travelers who want nothing more than to get to their destinations, and employees who want nothing more than to get through the graveyard shift.

But when a strange, otherworldly fo
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Published April 24th 2019 by Written Insomnia Press (first published April 22nd 2019)
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TERMINAL, by Michaelbrent Collings is another of his spellbinding horror novels that brings a unique twist to the genre. Trapped in a terminal, waiting for a bus to arrive, ten people are about to become trapped in a "game" to the death. One that brings nothing more than amusement to those pulling the strings.

". . . turned back to the fog . . . and it was not dead . . . the word "alive" wasn't insane at all . . . "

In this tale, I could imagine hearing a voice intone: "This is what it was like,
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-fiction, horror
I’ve read a few books by author Michaelbrent Collings and they have all been solid horror stories as well as excellent character studies and as reader who loves a good character driven story, I really appreciate the deep dive into their psyches. I like knowing what makes people tick because I am nosy and also because so many authors don’t do it. They allow the action to take over the entire show and that’s when they usually lose me. If you’re the same type of reader, you should check out this gu ...more
The Grim Reader
I'm in the minority here with this review, but for some reason, Terminal just didn't click with me. I read this on Kindle and the different character backstories that took up the first part of the book really hindered the pace for me. I was desperate for something, anything to happen. I also found some of the characters to be a little stereotypical and not really that interesting. It's tough saying this but I didn't give two shits about any of them which is a bit of a problem for me. On the plus ...more
Heather Escobedo
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am one of the lucky ones! I received an advanced copy of Terminal. I am really glad I did! This book was excellent. It is a terrifying nightmare of a group of strangers who must make a terrible decision: Who should live and who must die? This tale is about human nature and vulnerability. It is frightening and thought provoking. If you enjoy horror, you MUST read this book!
Michael Hicks
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review of TERMINAL can be found at High Fever Books.

A mysterious fog enshrouds a bus terminal, trapping nearly a dozen people inside as travel plans are abruptly canceled and transformed into a game of life or death. The electronics go haywire, a mysterious message appearing on everyone’s cell phone outlining the rules of the game. The people in the terminal must choose one individual from their company to survive, and the rest will die. Anyone who leaves the terminal before the final vote di
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick moving horror story. The character development was fairly well detailed. The interaction and how the characters' lives wound together was interesting. It even had a bit of a surprise at the end. This was my first Michaelbrent Collings book. I enjoyed it a lot and will be reading more of his books.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terminal has all the right elements to draw you into an impossible situation where there is no good outcome. A mixed group of individuals traveling through a middle of nowhere bus terminal are locked into a high stakes situation where only one will survive and even that is questionable. The story starts out from the viewpoint of the antagonist and the creep out factor only amps up from there. As the characters in this drama are introduced you learn that the one thing they all have in common is t ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you were at a bus terminal waiting for your bus when a sudden and mysterious fog surrounds the place and shadowy silhouettes with glowing green eyes can be seen throughout it? That's what happens to the people inside the Terminal. They are all waiting to go to their destinations when the fog comes, then the electronics and lights go haywire and a message appears on their phones......
The Other: only 1 will leave
all in favour
What follows was an intense, creepy and twisty read
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though none of the characters were especially likable, it was still an interesting look into their thoughts in a crazy and stressful situation. The pressure of being in an unknown and life threatening situation causes each of them to express their worst qualities. I didn’t really want anyone to “win”, but was interested to see who came out on top. There are some surprises, especially at the end. Overall, an interesting look into the psyche.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terminal is a fast-paced thriller that chills! You can read my full review here...
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a different kind of book. great characters, great concept and the ending was surprising, love this author, that said, I think it ran a little too long. but it was an awesome read
Dallas Kitchens
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How will you choose, when it's a matter of life and death, we will never know unless we are put into very strange circumstances. This is a white knuckle thrill ride of the first order. 5.5 stars out of 5. Very well written, and beautifully paced, I just read the last 98 pages in about 4 hrs, taking breaks of course, although I didn't want to. My fingers are scorched from turning these pages so fast. I have a very positive review for this book. Do yourself a favor, pick it up, you'll be glad you ...more
Valerie - Cats Luv Coffee
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
What is the Other? Human, animal, vegetable? Part of me hoped for a creature feature, while the part highly suspected aliens, or maybe a dimensional shift where extraterrestrial creatures descend en masse on the bus station. With thoughts of the Mist running through my head, what I experienced instead was a horrifying cacophony of the brutality that humans are capable of, which is in my opinion always one of the most disturbing horror themes out there. Combined with the mystery of the Other and ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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TERMINAL is a stunning read that completely blew me away. The characters are so strongly drawn, they jumped off the pages. The mystery is as tightly woven as any Agatha Christie novel and in some sense reminded me of the Dame Agatha's work. But there is the hint of The XFiles and The Twilight Zone as well. Collings is a horror writer, and blood and terror abound.

I guess it's safe to say that this novel crosses genres. It's an engrossing book that's sure to capture your imagination. I
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
You just never know when a bus trip might be your last…

Terminal opens with a prologue which introduces the ‘Watcher’, an otherworldly cosmic weird being which is about to take a very close interest in the drama unfolding in a bus terminal which is mysteriously surrounded by in impenetrable fog. Although the ‘Watcher’ pops up from time to time he (or it? or them?) is more interested in the group of people, how they react with each other, after we realise are stranded in the bus terminal.

We’re qui
Michelle Enelen
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for a plane, a train, a bus.
You've been here.
Watching and being watched. If you've got company you can pass the time pointing out the oddities in this mélange of people. Not this Time.
You're alone.

The bus hurtles towards your Terminal through dense fog, coming at you, but stops just before impact. Its "Red windows like stained glass in a church of the most profane gods". A man covered in blood throws himself into your Terminal. None of the blood is his own. Laughing manica
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A mysterious fog is moving in and those at the Lawton bus terminal are finding it impossible to leave. Trapped in the Terminal with no way out, they are contacted by "The Other", and given a mysterious statement and figure out that only one of them is going to be allowed to leave. We follow them through their stories, learning their pasts, and how they interact with each other. In tense situations, it's almost always a sure thing that people will start to turn on each other. So who can we trust? ...more
Karlene Browning
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A spooky fog, an anonymous tormentor, and the worst of human nature…

If you don’t like horror, then just skip this review. Because this book is a case study in human behavior when under extreme and life-threatening pressure. And it’s not pretty. (Think Lord of the Flies.)

There are 9 people trapped in a bus terminal by a spooky, freaky fog. If that isn’t bad enough, then “The Other” starts messing with their electronics and their minds. They are told that only one person can survive—and they have
Kylie Mcdonald
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love Mystery Horror Thrillers this book is for you
As you may have guessed I am a HUGE fan of Michaelbrent Collings novels, and for a long time 'The Haunted" was my favorite because it was the first horror book I read that gave me nightmares.
Now that I've read "Terminal," I believe it has taken the throne of best Horror book.
I had a difficult time sleeping while reading this novel because it was so well written. Every time I put it down to do something else or to even sleep, I would be
Kyle Lybeck
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five strangers enter a bus terminal. All they want to do is get on board their buses and reach their destinations, and want nothing to do with each other. Different backgrounds, different lifestyles, each is of their own and none are the same. That's when the fog rolls in. A thick, dense cloud that envelops the station, creating a macabre scene for any that try to look beyond it through the glass doors and windows. Then the phones go down. The computers follow. With no way to communicate with th ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
First off, I wish to thank author Michaelbrent Collings for the early Kindle copy of his latest book. This was given in exchange for an honest review.

I am a fan of the author's books, and this one is one of his best. It is set in a bus terminal with a variety of people waiting for the next bus. We have a young female hustler waiting for her sugar daddy to take her to Hollywood to make her a star. There is the loud mouth con man. Also waiting is the newlywed couple who appear deeply in love. We a
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Psychological horror

This book is the study of human nature. There is plenty of violence but the focus is on underlying causes that lead to that violence. It is an interesting dive that treads on the same path of other similar Cube-like creations.

The story follows the line chosen by previous similar installments and that was always in the back of my mind. The author have safe well-trodden routes that raised my interest slightly at best although it might also be my experience getting in the way
Cindy Hulsopple
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lately, I have read some terrible and some mediocre books on my Kindle and Terminal was a refreshing change from the usual ebooks that lack editing, grammar, suspense or plot.

This was the first book I've read by Michaelbrent Collings, and I have become a fan! Terminal was an awesome book. I loved how we got to know each of the characters (some better than others) and how the suspense grew with each chapter. Once I started this book I couldn't wait to finish and find out who got to live. I have t
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Dear horror writers: please do not stretch your hackneyed idea for a short story into a full-length novel, the damage which results may be . . . "Terminal." Mr. Collings' premise, in which an unseen force traps a group of seemingly random strangers in isolation and then watches them turn upon each other, doesn't remind me of a "Twilight Zone" episode -- it reminds me of at least three, not to mention Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." But it might deliver some chills, at least in the ...more
Jessica George
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

Michaelbrent Collings was an Amazon recommendation for me, and I'm so glad to have found him. He writes exceptional psychological thrillers with cryptic & realistic endings, which are my favorite kind. I also love his flawed yet sympathetic characters, and the fact that shortcuts taken during life cannot be atoned for no matter how great your intentions. So the point is to avoid ever making easy/selfish choices for the quick win, basically. The ending was a bit unexpected yet seem
Louisa Heaton
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, thriller, fiction
Cracking story by Michelbrent. MBC knows how to create characters that come alive, that seem to be oh-so-real and relatable and he does it again, in this story.
The premise (a mysterious fog drifts in, with strange creatures in it) sounds familiar, but that is the place the similarity ends. There ARE monsters in the fog, but the worst monsters in the story are the humans, who must decide which of them, trapped in a bus terminal in the middle of nowheresville, gets to live. Only one can survive, t
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A diverse group of people, all of them hiding something, find themselves at the mercy of an unidentifiable evil, fighting to stay alive as they are pitted against one another.

I can't say enough good things about Michaelbrent Collings, and this work is superior even to other novels of his. Taut staging, characters worth investing in, dialogue that rings all combines to make this a smart, classy, thrilling horror story. The pages flew by as the tension mounted, while an incredible tale u
Claudia Drake
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A regular day at a terminal, a concrete box in the middle of nowhere containing a group of strangers awaiting for their buses to get away, but the fog had other plans. A journey without destination, a Cycle. All in favor! But, how could they? A policeman, an employee and a bunch of passengers. No one is who they seem to be but the Other knows. Slowly in a spiral of fear, violence and madness they need to choose: who will survive? or more likely: who deserves the most to die? Tic tac. A brilliant ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this as a Goodreads giveaway and I am glad I did. I enjoyed the horror aspects and the characters were very well developed. I believed each of these folks were real people with histories and troubles. Which brings me to my one real complaint. We spent so much time learning the characters that I was starting to get a bit bored. Luckily I stuck with it until the action started. It was very creepy and graphic in equal amounts as necessary. I do wish there was more on the "Others" as I found t ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I originally fell in love with Collings' work because of his horror (Apparition, still my favorite), and I was so excited to get back to that. He has a talent for writing real, authentic characters, and it really enhances the terror. To me it feels like "I know this person, I've met them before," and a book is so much scarier when you feel like its your neighbor or your friend that might die.

I also enjoyed the fairly closed setting. It sets a challenge for the author to keep things surprising wi
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Michaelbrent Collings is an internationally-bestselling novelist, multiple Bram Stoker Award nominee, produced screenwriter, and one of the top indie horror writers in the United States.

He hopes someday to develop superpowers, or, if that is out of the question, then at least to get a cool robot arm.

Michaelbrent has a wife and several kids, all of whom are much better looking than he is (though he
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