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By Jacques Antoine, Jeanette Raleigh, Jess Mountifield, Alison Blake, Brandon Hale

Roads finish. they start someplace, too. In among, all demeanour of items occur: friendship, betrayal, horror and perhaps even pleasure. For a few, the top of the line brings love and happiness, for others suffering and soreness, and for a priceless few, sorrow could lead to whatever revelatory. The potholes and pitfalls present in this anthology are many, yet for each personality, there's an finish of the road.

This highway results in a suite of brief tales by means of 25 of the main proficient writers of our time. meant for enthusiasts of brief fiction all over the place, the End of the Road is a needs to learn for a person reason on protecting present with the literary scene.

Contributing authors:

Brandon Hale

Robert Thomas

Saxon Andrew

James Rozoff

Anna J. McIntyre

Donna B. McNicol

Randall Morris

James Rozoff

Alison Blake

Jeanette Raleigh

L. S. Burton

Jess Mountifield
 
C. A. Newsome

J R C Salter

Michael Meyer

E. B. Boggs

David A. Cuban

Scott Langrel

John Daulton

Kathleen Steed

Chris Ward

Jacques Antoine

Suzie O'Connell

Thomas Jenner

Angeline Perkins

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