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The Boy in the Box
by Marc E. Fitch
Publisher: Flame Tree Press
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.
I love a good horror, one that will either keep me awake or dreaming of when I do sleep. The Boy in the Box did exactly that for me! Its been a long time since a book has given me nightmares, but thats what I get for reading this in the wee small hours in the dark!
This is more than horror though, it also is a psychological thriller with the unravelling of our characters mind whilst in the wilderness of Coombs’ Gultch. Jonathan Hollis and brothers Michael and Conner Braddick return to Coomb’s Gultch to bury a secret they have held on to for 10 years even deeper! With the threat of construction happening in the area and their lives on the line following their friend Gene’s funeral they make the journey. What happened all those years ago has impacted all their lives and shrouded them in a darkness if you like, we know it was an accident, they know it was an accident but chose to cover it up rather than deal with the consequences.
The setting of Coombs’ Gultch is eerie and atmospheric, paving way to how fragile the mind really is, it moves at a rather slow pace with the tension and atmosphere building to a crescendo.
I am fan of slow horror so this one is a 5 stars for me!
About the author:
Marc E. Fitch is the author of the novels Old Boone Blood, Paradise Burns and Dirty Water,as well as the books Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs 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, psychiatric technician for inpatient behavioural health hospitals,and most recently as an investigative reporter for a public-policy organisation. He 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.