It's driving me crazy. Years ago I read a short story about aliens posing as highway torn off tire treads seen on the side of all roads during the day. Then at night, they would go on the prowl.

Can anyone identify this story?

I'll be in your debt for saving my sanity.

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    I have been searching for this book that you describe for many years now. I read it in the late 80s or early 90s and I seem to recall that the cover had an image of claws tearing through it. Like tiger claws, or some such beast. I also seem to recall that the author was Clive something (Barker? Cussler?) Or maybe Dean Koontz? I distinctly remember the tire treads turning into monsters (animals? aliens?) and attacking people on the side of the road. It was definitely not "Into the Out Of." I read the plot summary of that book and that wasn't it.
    – user11307
    Dec 12 '12 at 11:39
  • If it's not "Into the Out Of" per the answer below, it might be Mercedes Lackey's "Roadkill" per this answer: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/143714/…
    – Otis
    Aug 26 '18 at 20:44

If memory serves, that was actually a novel, not a short story by Alan Dean Foster called Into The Out Of. I absolutely loved the imagery there. Great story if you've never read it.

A reviewer states that “you'll NEVER look at tire rubber on the side of the road the same again”, so that's probably it.


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