Mile 81 is Stand by Me meets Christine -the story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid.
At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It' s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who' s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play " paratroopers over the side."
Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out. Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn' t been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says " closed, no services." The driver' s door opens but nobody gets out.
Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls " the ultimate insurance manual," but it isn' t going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates. Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton' s cracked cell phone near the wagon door - and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids - Rachel and Blake Lussier - and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.
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1 . One of King's worst
Posted October 22, 2013 by longleaf , CalabashIf this were a horror story? It was a horror of huge proportion. It was a mistake to spend money on it.
2 . Awsome
Posted April 15, 2012 by Lucie , MontrealIt was short, intense and great like always !!!! A must read :)
August 31, 2011
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