Tim Lees. Unknown Cities of America. (Interzone #249, Nov-Dec 2013)

nagoshaNeat introductory illustration by Richard Wagner, setting the scene and the tone for a shortish story, a road trip, but with the destination unknown/not achievable. A young man picks up a young woman running away from a commune, free love etc., and she is trying to get away but fatalistic about her ability to do that, or indeed her real desire to do so.

Set against the America of motorways, motels, anonymous small towns, and that stuff that you catch out of the corner of your eye but it’s not there when you turn around. Lees captures the feel mighty fine, the dust, the miles on the tarmac, and the inexorable pursuer, and the always searching for something just out of reach.

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