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Automotive Fiction

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Automotive Fiction

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Stories Available to Read
Other Fiction
The automobile has influenced culture since before it was a mundane, practical, everyday mode of transportation. The first horseless carriages set the imagination, as well as the world, in motion.

As motor cars developed into the mysterious technology of the wealthy in the late 1890's/very early 1900's, they became the exotic set pieces for imaginative stories that sent their characters traveling distances that were only a part of science fiction fantasies earlier but now in a practical and believable way.

Then came the racing cars. The brave drivers of eras before safe racing cars became heroes and their opponents villains in stories that even made it to the pages of popular comic books in the 50's and 60's.

While automobile-influenced fiction has been very popular in comic books, manga, and films (Initial D, Speed Racer, Fast & Furious, and Gone in 60 Seconds, just to name a few examples), this section will be about the written word. A list of feature films based on automobiles can be found on the Video Guide, and automotive-themed comic books can be found on the Comic Book Index.


Stories Available to Read

The following stories are available to read in their entirety at The Crittenden Automotive Library.

YearTitle & AuthorFiles/Topic Pages
1901"Bubble" Jingles The Jolly Side of the Automobile
Stuart Travis
Picture Book, Genre: N/A, Reading Level: Children

Topic Page
- 10.6MB - 50 pages
1903The Lightning Conductor
Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Novel, Genre: Travel, Reading Level: General Adult

Topic Page
- 5.7MB - 344 pages
1904The Motor Pirate
G. Sidney Paternoster
Novel, Genre: Crime, Reading Level: General Adult
Topic Page - 261 pages
1905The Black Motor Car
Harris Burland
Novel, Genre: Mystery, Reading Level: General Adult
Topic Page - 339 pages
1905The Princess Passes
Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Novel, Genre: Romance, Reading Level: General Adult
Topic Page - 369 pages
1906A Motor Car Divorce
Louise Closser Hale
Novel, Genre: Romance, Reading Level: General Adult
Topic Page - 319 pages
1911Patty's Motor Car
Carolyn Wells

Topic Page
- 4.6MB - 279 pages
1916The Lightning Conductor Discovers America
Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Novel, Genre: Travel/Adventure, Reading Level: General Adult

Topic Page
- 10.8MB - 384 pages
November 1951Hot Rods to the Rescue
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #1
Short Story, Genre: Circle Track Modifieds, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
January 1952Simpson Sets a New Record
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #2
Short Story, Genre: Bonneville Salt Flats, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
February 1952Big-Time at Last
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics #2
Short Story, Genre: Indianapolis 500, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
March 1952The Father of Hot Rod Henry
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #3
Short Story, Genre: Hot Rod Drag Racing, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
May 1952The Flame-Throwing Roadeater
Hot Rod Comics #4
Short Story, Genre: Hot Rods, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
Fall 1952Chucklhead Rides the Rods!
Hot Rod King #1
Short Story, Genre: Hot Rods, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
September 1952Hot Rod Express
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #6
Short Story, Genre: Hot Rods, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
September 1952Maverick Wheelman
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics #2
Short Story, Genre: Hot Rod Clubs/Speed Trials, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
December 1952Good Drivers Know!
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics #3
Short Story, Genre: Hill Climb Racing, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
February 1953The Hot Rod Taxi Idea
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #8
Short Story, Genre: Hot Rods, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
April 1953The Smell of First Place
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics
Short Story, Genre: Stock Car Racing, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
June 1953A Hot Rod Dictionary is Born
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #10
Short Story, Genre: Hot Rods, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
August 1953The Hampton Hot Rod Jamboree
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #11
Short Story, Genre: Hot Rods, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
February 1957"Careful Car Clinic"
Speed Demons #5
Short Story, Genre: Hot Rods, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
May 1957Your First Car, Oh
Speed Demons #6
Short Story, Genre: Learning to Drive, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
August 1957The Hot Rod Rescue
Speed Demons #7
Short Story, Genre: Hot Rods, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
November 1957Too Square to Corner!
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #33
Short Story, Genre: Hot Rods, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
November 1957Handy Hot Rod
Speed Demons #8
Short Story, Genre: Hot Rods, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
March 1958Milton's 'Maginations
Speed Demons #10
Short Story, Reading Level: Children
Story Page
July 1963Travel Woes
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #64
Short Story, Genre: Road Trip, Reading Level: Teen
Story Page
1987The Exciting Story of a Snowflake
Bill Crittenden (at 6 years old)
Novel, Genre: N/A, Reading Level: Children
Topic Page - 10 pages
24 March 2012NASCAR Cartoon Cup Series
"SuperBlackdeth666"
Short Story, Genre: Stock Car Racing, Reading Level: Children
Topic Page
31 October 2012Speeding On A Full Moon Along Interstate 10
Les Foster
Short Story, Genre: Horror, Reading Level: Children
Story Page


Other Fiction

This section is a "book list" for all that is not yet available to read at The Crittenden Automotive Library. You may be able to find these books at a local library or through e-book checkout at The Open Library

YearTitle & Author
1968Road Race
Philip Harkins
Novel - Genre: Sports Car Racing - Reading Level: General Adult
N/A
1971Wheels
Arthur Hailey
Novel - Genre: Auto Manufacturing - Reading Level: General Adult
N/A
1983Race Forever
R.A. Montgomery
Genre: Choose Your Own Adventure - Reading Level: Teen
N/A
1989Stock Car Champion
R.A. Montgomery
Genre: Choose Your Own Adventure - Reading Level: Teen
N/A
1992Behind the Wheel
R.A. Montgomery
Genre: Choose Your Own Adventure - Reading Level: Teen
N/A
1992Superbike
Edward Packard
Genre: Choose Your Own Adventure - Reading Level: Teen
N/A
1993Motocross Mania
R.A. Montgomery
Genre: Choose Your Own Adventure - Reading Level: Teen
N/A
1995God on a Harley
Joan Brady
Novel - Genre: Romance/Motorcycle - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
1997Road Rage
Ruth Rendell
Novel - Genre: Mystery - Reading Level: General Adult
N/A
2001Concrete Cowboy, The
Stephan R. Hutchinson
Novel - Genre: Trucking - Reading Level: General Adult
N/A
2001Heat
Wendy Etherington
Novel - Genre: Stock Car Racing/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2005Killer Curves
Roxanne St. Claire
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2006In the Groove
Pamela Britton
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2006A NASCAR Holiday
Ladies, Start Your Engines by Kimberly Raye
'Tis the Silly Season by Roxanne St. Claire
Unbreakable by Debra Webb
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2006On the Edge
Pamela Britton
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2006Race Forever
R.A. Montgomery
Genre: Choose Your Own Adventure - Reading Level: Teen
N/A
2006Trophy Girl
Melani Blazer
Novel - Genre: Stock Car Racing/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007Almost Famous
Gina Wilkins
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007A Chance Worth Taking
Carrie Weaver
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007Hart's Victory
Michele Dunaway
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007Hearts Under Caution
Gina Wilkins
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007Ladies, Start Your Engines
Roxanne St. Claire, Gina Wilkins, and Nancy Warren
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007Legends and Lies
Katherine Garbera
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007Miles Apart
Ken Casper
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007A NASCAR Holiday 2
Miracle Season by Pamela Britton
Season of Dreams by Gina Wilkins
Taking Control by Ken Casper
The Natural by Abby Gaines
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007No Holding Back
Liz Allison and Wendy Etherington
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007No Time to Lose
Carrie Weaver
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007The Rookie
Jennifer LaBrecque
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007Speed Dating
Nancy Warren
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007Thunderstruck
Roxanne St. Claire
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007To the Limit
Pamela Britton
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007Total Control
Pamela Britton
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2007Turn Two
Nancy Warren
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2001Concrete Cowboy, The Volume II
Stephan R. Hutchinson
Novel - Genre: Trucking - Reading Level: General Adult
N/A
2001Concrete Cowboy, The Volume III
Stephan R. Hutchinson
Novel - Genre: Trucking - Reading Level: General Adult
N/A
2008Extreme Caution
Jean Brashear
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Forbidden Attraction
Marisa Carroll
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Fully Engaged
Abby Gaines
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Hitting the Brakes
Ken Casper
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Hot Pursuit
Wendy Etherington
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Hot Rod Heaven
Melani Blazer
Novel - Genre: Street Performance Car/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008In High Gear
Gina Wilkins
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008A NASCAR Holiday 3
Have a Beachy Little Christmas by Liz Allison and Wendy Etherington
Winning the Race by Brenda Jackson
All They Want for Christmas by Marisa Carroll
A Family for Christmas by Jean Brashear
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008On the Move
Pamela Britton
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Out of Line
Michele Dunaway
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Overheated
Barbara Dunlop
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Peak Performance
Helen Brenna
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Risking Her Heart
Liz Allison and Wendy Etherington
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Risky Moves
Gina Wilkins
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Running on Empty
Ken Casper
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Slingshot Moves
Anna Schmidt
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Tailspin
Michele Dunaway
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Teaming Up
Abby Gaines
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Truth and Consequences
Bethany Campbell
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2008Victory Lane
Marisa Carroll
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2009Back on Track
Abby Gaines
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2009Banking on Hope
Maggie Price
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2009Black Flag, White Lies
Jean Brashear
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2009Force of Nature
Kristina Cook
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2009From the Outside
Helen Brenna
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2009Hard and Fast
Erin McCarthy
Novel - Genre: "Fast Track" Series (Stock Car Racing)/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2009Motor Mouth
Wendy Etherington
Novel - Genre: Stock Car Racing/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2009Oversteer: A Formula One Thriller
Ken Vose
Novel - Genre: Open Wheel Racing - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2009Running Wide Open
Ken Casper
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2009Slow Burn
Pamela Britton
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2009A Taste for Speed
Dorien Kelly
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2009Winning it All
Liz Allison and Wendy Etherington
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010The Comeback
Abby Gaines
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010Crossing the Line
Jean Brashear
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010Flat Out Sexy
Erin McCarthy
Novel - Genre: "Fast Track" Series (Stock Car Racing)/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010Hard to Resist
Downright Distracting by Jean Brashear
Shifting Gears by Peggy Webb
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010Hot Finish
Erin McCarthy
Novel - Genre: "Fast Track" Series (Stock Car Racing)/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010Into the Corner
Marisa Carroll
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010The Memory of a Kiss
Long Gone by Liz Allison and Wendy Etherington
Chasing the Dream by Abby Gaines
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010One in a Million
Abby Gaines & Marisa Carroll
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010Playboy Prankster
Pamela Britton
Novel - Genre: "Extreme Racing" Series/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010Racing Hearts
Vicki Lewis Thompson, Nancy Warren, and Dorien Kelly
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010Right Before His Eyes
At Last by Liz Allison and Wendy Etherington
End of the Line by Jean Brashear
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010This Time, Forever
Over the Top by Pamela Britton
Talk to Me by Dorien Kelly
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2010What He Didn't Say
Chasing the Truth by Carol Stephenson
Cornered by Maggie Price
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2011Burning Rubber
Pamela Britton
Novel - Genre: "Extreme Racing" Series/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2011The Chase
Erin McCarthy
Novel - Genre: "Fast Track" Series (Stock Car Racing)/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2011Slow Ride
Erin McCarthy
Novel - Genre: "Fast Track" Series (Stock Car Racing)/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2011Too Fast for Love
Karen L. Syed
Novel - Genre: Stock Car Racing/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2012Danger Zone
Debra Webb
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2012Jacked Up
Erin McCarthy
Novel - Genre: "Fast Track" Series (Stock Car Racing)/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2013Full Throttle
Erin McCarthy
Novel - Genre: "Fast Track" Series (Stock Car Racing)/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2014Dangerous Curves
Pamela Britton
Novel - Genre: Harlequin NASCAR - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2014Driven
Toby Vintcent
Novel - Genre: Open Wheel Racing - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2014Final Lap
Erin McCarthy
Novel - Genre: "Fast Track" Series (Stock Car Racing)/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A
2014Love on Track: Romance in Monte Carlo
Gabbi Rossi
Novel - Genre: Open Wheel Racing/Romance - Reading Level: Mature Adult
N/A




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