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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  620 ratings  ·  134 reviews
"5 stars... another outstanding novel from author Michaelbrent Collings..." - Horror After Dark
All passengers, please prepare for departure...

An employee, a cop, and six passengers; a prisoner, a stowaway, and a madman.

"A great read." - Sci-Fi and Scary
These are the people waiting at the Lawton bus terminal.

"If you need a fast-paced thriller that chills a
Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published April 22nd 2019 by Written Insomnia Press
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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 lik
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 w
Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
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
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Michael Hicks
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
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.
Craig Wesley Wall
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun character-driven novel with elements of mystery, thriller, and horror peppered with plenty of shocking surprises along the way. Well worth the read!
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am enamoured with MichaelBrent’s writing style. I have yet to read something from him I did not like. You will whip through his novels. He is that good. He reminds me of Iain Rob Wright in his character developments, and has a tendency to put interesting people in very impossible situations. You’ll read his novels like a racing train that don’t let up until the end. Terminal was not my favorite of the books I’ve read by Michaelbrent but still a great read. He is such a gifted writer that there ...more
Heather Escobedo
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  ·  review of another edition
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 els
The Behrg
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"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.
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
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Red Lace Reviews
What appears to be an ordinary fog rolling in seems more menacing as ten people are trapped inside a bus terminal, unable to contact the outside world or even step outside the door. They’re at the mercy of an entity calling themselves The Other, and this unknown force instructs them on what to do next: pick the one person that will survive the night. With a limited time, the group must decide on what to do next – find a way to escape the nightmare, or do as they’re told.

(WARNING: This review con
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Phenomenal!! Character driven sci-fi horror at its best! Exceptionally gore filled in some parts and a ceaseless heart-pounding free fall - not knowing who would be next and who would survive - Michaelbrent Collings is a master!
Valerie (Cats Luv Coffee)
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
Leonardo Acebo
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author M. Collings weaves a tense story set in an isolated, foggy terminal in Idaho. If you combine an Agatha Christie novel, 'Ten Little Indians,' with Stephen King's 'The Mist' you get, 'The Terminal.' Colling's story can be creepy at points but somewhat tedious in certain spots. There were several great twists and turns along the way with some interesting characters like the MS 13 gang member, Shelley the make-up consultant, and Mary. Without giving anything away, there were some implausible ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
Terminal is a fast-paced thriller that chills! You can read my full review here... ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
R.L. Muscatello
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Definitely one that keep me turning pages (or clicking the “right” arrow). Always wondering where things were going till it’s satisfying finale. First read by this author, but won’t be the last.
Dallas Kitchens
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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 t
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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One of the most versatile writers around, Michaelbrent Collings is an internationally bestselling novelist, produced screenwriter, and multiple Bram Stoker Award finalist. While he is best known for horror (and is one of the most successful indie horror authors in the United States), he has also written bestselling thriller, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, humor, young adult, and middle grade w ...more

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