Bad Day at Riverbend by Chris Van Allsburg

Set in Riverbend, an oddly quiet and colourless (heh) little town found along a “dusty road that led nowhere”, and where “no one ever came” and “no one ever left”, what begins as a sleepy Western tale quickly takes a more mysterious turn when the town becomes repeatedly besieged by a strange slimy substance each time a brilliant light is seen just beyond the horizon.

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