Hill, Joe. NOS4A2
There are those who, given the right key, can open doors into other realities. There are those who, given the right tools, can actually build those realities out of their own minds.
Victoria McQueen—Vic—is one of those people. When she gets on her Rough Rider bike and heads off looking for something, she can ride across a covered bridge that isn’t really there and find what she needed, whether it be her mother’s missing bracelet, a run-away cat, a stuttering librarian who can divine answers using Scrabble tiles—or trouble. And trouble she finds, indeed, in the person of Charlie Manx, another such gifted individual. But Charlie’s powers, embodied in his 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith (license plate: NOS4A2, a grim joke), are not nearly so benign as Vic’s or the librarian’s. The entirely twisted Charlie uses his car to abduct young children and take them to his own private world, Christmasland, where he feeds on their emotions and turns them into predatory little horrors. When he gets his hands on Vic, she escapes but winds up the walking wounded, unstable, medicated, and convinced that all her trips across the covered bridge were the products of a delusional mind. But unfortunately for her, they—and Charlie’s evil—were all too real. And when Charlie comes for her again, and for her young son, she’ll have to use every ounce of strength left in her to resist him.
Complex, twisty, at times terrifying, and always inventive and unique, this is truly riveting fiction, horror at its best from a master of the craft.