Thursdays Short Story Review: The Night Cyclist

“The Night Cyclist” by Stephen Graham Jones is a horror novelette about a middle-aged chef whose nightly bicycle ride home is interrupted by an unexpected encounter.

 An electrifying story that never misses a beat.

The author had me at cooks and bicycling—I lived two decades in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where biking (when not skiing) and restaurants reign supreme, and I had an immediate affinity for the main character. 

There’s something odd occurring on the bicycling paths, and it appears the lines have been drawn between hikers and cyclists.  Then two hikers turn up dead at the river’s edge…The story hums along like a racer’s tires with spare prose, as the main character gradually learns what exactly is going on. The ending packed a wallop, for me, anyway. It turns on a common horror trope, but there’s nothing new under the sun—it’s all in the telling and the characters.

 If you’re looking for a quick bite, the story is here: The Nigh Cyclist

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