Boy in the Box by Marc E. Fitch

Description

“This is what true horror is meant to be, quiet and thoughtful, an eerie sense of something lurking just ahead in your path with no way of escape; BOY IN THE BOX by Marc E. Fitch is the haunting guilt that reminds us mistakes from the past can return at any time, and in the worst of ways.” — Eric J. Guignard, award-winning author and editor, including That Which Grows Wild and A World of Horror 

Ten years ago a mysterious and tragic hunting accident deep in the Adirondack Mountains left a boy buried in a storied piece of land known as Coombs’ Gulch and four friends with a terrible secret.

Now, Jonathan Hollis and brothers Michael and Conner Braddick must return to the place that changed their lives forever in order to keep their secret buried. What they don’t realize is that they are walking into a trap — one set decades earlier by a supernatural being who is not confined by time or place: a demon that demands a sacrifice. 

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

A Note From the Publisher

Marc E. Fitch is the author of the novels Old Boone BloodParadise Burns and Dirty Water, as well as the books Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs GhostsUFOs and Bigfoot and Shmexperts: How Power Politics and Ideology are Disguised as Science. His short fiction has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Best Horror of the Year vol 10. 

Marc received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Connecticut State University and has worked as a bartender, a psychiatric technician for in-patient behavioral health hospitals, and most recently as an investigative reporter for a public-policy organization. 

Marc was the recipient of the 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship and the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize. He is the father of four children and lives and works in Connecticut. To find out more go to http://www.marcfitch.com.

Advance Praise

“This is solid reading for fans of the genre and would certainly make for a nice introduction for those wandering into this particular forest for the very first time.” — Alec Cizak, editor, and author of Lake County Incidents, Breaking Glass and Manifesto Destination

“This is what true horror is meant to be, quiet and thoughtful, an eerie sense of something lurking just ahead in your path with no way of escape; BOY IN THE BOX by Marc E. Fitch is the haunting guilt that reminds us mistakes from the past can return at any time, and in the worst of ways.” — Eric J. Guignard, award-winning author and editor, including That Which Grows Wild and A World of Horror

“Boy in the Box is both tragedy and ghost story, a theater ticket to watch actors on stage deliberately pushed inch by inch toward madness. Fitch menaces the reader by reminding us that our most valued possessions — our marriages, our children, our families — are frail and impermanent.” — Jackson Kuhl, author of A Season of Whispers.

“A creepy, mesmerizing tale of hunters becoming the hunted, Box In The Box is a haunting journey into the evils that lurk in the wilderness, as well as those buried in the human heart. Fitch definitely has a knack for mixing the paranormal with both brutal reality and the emotional heaviness of grief and sorrow.” – Morgan Sylvia, author of Abode.

“Boy in the Box is a heart-stopping tale that will keep you up at night because every turn of the page is heavy with anticipation and suspense. Marc Fitch drops the reader into a world in which past sins echo into the present and the search for inner calm involves a treacherous climb through mountains that have a long memory. This is a story you won’t forget.” – J.J. Hensley – award-winning author of Resolve, Record Scratch, and Forgiveness Dies

“A book to be read and read again.”—Gregory L. Norris, author of The Day After Tomorrow: Into Infinity and The Day After Tomorrow: Planetfall 

Thanks to Netgalley and Flametree Press!

My Review

I can’t say this one was such a surprise. It reminded me a lot of a movie I watched not too long ago about this very thing. However, the idea of feeling like you truly know someone until you can’t is the very definition of scary. Put in a situation someone you thought you knew could do the opposite of what you thought which begs you to question whether you really knew them or not!

Given that the story itself didn’t feel original it didn’t surprise me as much as I prefer my books to do but I still enjoyed the read!

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