The Tunnel Runner

The Tunnel Runner

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Explore the world on the other side of the street!
Entering the tunnels is easy, but Ripley and Gabriela soon discover that reaching the surface again will be the greatest challenge they have ever faced... Who are the mysterious tunnel dwellers and why have they founded an underground community of their own? Who is the tunnel runner and why is he so determined to kill anyone who ventures too close to the Chambers? As they unlock the secrets of this subterranean society, Ripley and Gabriela will also discover the answer to a mystery of their own - one that has haunted Gabriela since childhood.

The Tunnel Runner is a gripping tale of suspense and urban adventure built on a foundation of social tension and family secrets. It takes you by the hand and leads you deep beneath the city of Brisbane.


"There's no point running, surface walker! You can't get away from me. Nobody knows these passages better than I do. I'm the tunnel runner."
The tunnel runner, those words echoed.
Ripley thought to himself. He didn't know what it meant, but he had seen him run, climb, and jump before. He knew that he was physically superior. Ripley's workout sessions with his mates may have helped keep him in shape and taught him a few nifty moves, but they were a walk in the park compared to this man's daily routine.
Ripley was running in the dark. He had to rely on his assailant's torchlight to guide him along the tunnel, but his own body was blocking most of the beam. He could tell the light was aimed at the back of his head - focused on the exact spot where the tunnel runner wanted to plant his blunt hatchet. It was only a matter of time before he received the deathblow.

Reviews of The Tunnel Runner

Trost combines elements of suspense, mystery and horror into this fast-paced adventure that also asks interesting questions about the way we choose to live and survive in the city, and what happens to those, who through no fault of their own, are discarded by mainstream society." - Maree Kimberley, author of Dirt Circus League

"What Cameron has created feels like modern urban folklore." - Mark McAuliffe, horror writer

"In The Tunnel Runner, Trost effortlessly plunges us into a claustrophobic, underground world hidden mere metres beneath our feet. We experience some genuine moments of terror through the eyes of the sympathetic protagonists. But to me, the greatest pleasure was meeting some delightfully obnoxious surface walkers whose morally bankrupt actions threaten to unleash tragedy." - Amazon reader"I read The Tunnel Runner a few months ago, and while I don't usually write reviews, I wanted to share my excitement for this gripping thriller. I love stories with trains, shady figures, barbed-wire fences, and manholes that lead to mysterious places." - Claire Fitzpatrick, horror author and editor of The Body Horror Book

"This interesting take on Australian socio-demographics features a cinematic climax and a bittersweet denouement. Throughout every plot twist, the city of Brisbane holds the spotlight." - Deborah Sheldon, author of Contrition
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14mm | 358g
  • Australia
  • English
  • 0992321115
  • 9780992321116

About Cameron Trost

Cameron Trost is a writer of strange, mysterious, and creepy tales about people just like you. His short stories have been published in dozens of magazines and anthologies, and many of them can be found in his collection, Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales. He lives in the subtropical city of Brisbane, Australia. Rainforests, thunderstorms, and whisky are a few of his favourite things.
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19 ratings
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4 42% (8)
3 21% (4)
2 5% (1)
1 0% (0)
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