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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  97 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 fog
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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,
The Other: All in favor? ME: Aye!!

A group of people are in the middle of nowhere, USA, inside a bus terminal. A creepy fog comes rolling in and then, not surprisingly, a bus. This is no ordinary bus, though, and this is no ordinary fog either. Before they know it, they're trapped together, they're running out of time and only one of them will survive. What is going on here? You'll have to read this to find out!

I've read a few books by this author before, so I went into this one knowing that it
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, dark-fiction
Ive 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 dont do it. They allow the action to take over the entire show and thats when they usually lose me. If youre the same type of reader, you should check out this guys ...more
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 everyones 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
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
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A very solid five star rating!
Loved this book. It's like reading an episode of The Twilight Zone.
Highly recommended.
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!
Laura Thomas
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Take a bunch of strangers. Trap them in a confined place with no way out. Then have something horrific wanting inside. This scenario never gets old for me. I love discovering who bends, who breaks and who steps up.

The real fun begins when the captives realize an otherworldly force is keeping them trapped. And there are rules. One will survive. And they must choose who it will be. Getting it now? The rest will die. I had to know how it would happen. Would they kill each other? Would something
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.
The Behrg
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"In a nightmare, only the strange can comfort, only the unusual is at home."

TERMINAL has a familiar set up, of sorts. A group of strangers all come together in a single location, where things quickly go to hell. But where most authors would fall into cliches, Collings elevates the premise and delivers a surprisingly innovative story.

First things first, a real horror novel--you know the ones that actually work--have characters that either you care about or despise. Great horror novels have both.
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 ...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
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
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 didnt 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. ...more
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
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.

Were quickly
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
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review
In 'Terminal', what appears to be a strange thick fog shrouding a bus terminal turns deadly when an unlucky group of people receive a text message telling them to choose one survivor. Stranded, afraid and disconnected from everyone else, they have no means of escape and are running out of time to make a crucial decision..

The interesting and dark premise was killed by uneventfulness and repetitiveness. It was only around the halfway point or so when the characters discussed what the text message
Sep 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Cid Herman

Unoriginal, dreary and depressing, Miserable people in a plot without any hope or uplifting moments.

September 1, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

I chose to read Terminal because of the many reveiws saying that it would make you think about some of the deeper realities of what humanity is and the way humans treat each other under stressful conditions. Those positive reveiwers also stated that TERMINAL was a book that would stay with you long after you finished it. It does do all of
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-horror
Terminal pinged all of my gimme radars: Isolation? Yep. Creepy ass fog? Check. A disparate bunch of people given an ultimatum? Hell yeah!

I wasn't disappointed.

Michaelbrent Collings does a great job of setting up the scenario and the people realistically. The people feel like real people. It starts off setting up the various characters in the bus terminal. Which is why a bus terminal is probably such a great place to set something like this. You'll get a reasonable variety of people together in
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 dont 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 its not pretty. (Think Lord of the Flies.)

There are 9 people trapped in a bus terminal by a spooky, freaky fog. If that isnt bad enough, then The Other starts messing with their electronics and their minds. They are told that only one person can surviveand they have to
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 ...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
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
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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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