Book Review: ONE FOR THE ROAD by Wesley Southard

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Somewhere I’ve got a picture of myself at 11 months old, wearing a giant pair of headphones. On the back of that picture, my mom wrote the caption, “Listening to dad’s rock and roll”. This was likely a pivotal moment at which my love of music began, and it has never wavered since. You might be asking how this relates to my book review. I think it’s important to know that while I’ve always loved reading, music was my first love and it has always been a constant in my life. The week that I was born, “I Love Rock n’ Roll” was number one on the Billboard chart, and I can’t think of anything more fitting.

Somehow, I’ve only recently discovered a bunch of horror and dark fiction with rock music woven into the stories. This thrills me to no end, as I find myself relating even more to what I’m reading. Wesley Southard’s ONE FOR THE ROAD is one of these stories. It is a fast-paced, wild adventure, filled with nightmarish horrors nearly every step of the way. I loved the premise—a story about a rock band thrown into an ever-changing landscape full of hellish creatures and gory scenes that play out like a film in the mind. There were several passages in which I found myself nodding in relation to the main character’s love of music. I loved early on how there were references to classic rock and his dad, and then several bands mentioned at a later point in the story. I’m not a musician, but as a fan I could relate to the love of many of those bands, and imagine the high I feel after attending an amazing concert.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable story, and I’ll definitely be reading more from this author in the near future!

 

4/5 stars

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