That Hell-Bound Train
|"That Hell-Bound Train"|
|Published in||The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction|
|Media type||Print (Softcover)|
|Publication date||Sep 1958|
Martin is a young criminal with a fondness for trains. One night, as he is considering whether to abandon crime, a large unmarked black train pulls up beside him. The train conductor offers Martin anything he wants, in return for which he will "ride that Hell-Bound Train" when he dies. Martin requests the power to stop time, which he plans to use at the happiest time of his life. The conductor accedes to this request; however, over the years that follow, Martin discovers that he cannot choose which moment is his happiest.
In other media
A comic book version of the story began publication on May 15, 2011. The adaptation was written by Joe R. Lansdale and John Lansdale, with art by Dave Wachter. Running for 3 issues, it was published by IDW Comics.
The song "Hellbound Train (Downbound Train)" by Chuck Berry is about a similar train.
- SF Awards Database
- Lansdales and Wachter jump aboard That Hellbound Train, by Bridget Alverson, at Comic Book Resources; published March 25, 2011; retrieved January 6, 2017