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Boys in the Valley

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11th July 2023

Price: £24.99

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Selected: Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781405560252

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‘THE MOST FRIGHTENING NOVEL OF THE YEAR’ Esquire

‘OLD-SCHOOL HORROR’ Stephen King

The Exorcist meets Lord of the Flies, by way of Midnight Mass, Boys in the Valley is a chilling folk horror set in a remote orphanage in turn of the century Pennsylvania.

St. Vincent’s Orphanage for Boys. Turn of the century, in a remote valley in Pennsylvania.

Here, under the watchful eyes of several priests, thirty boys work, learn, and worship. Peter Barlow, orphaned as a child by a gruesome murder, has made a new life here. As he approaches adulthood, he has friends, a future. . . a family.

Then, late one stormy night, a group of men arrive at their door, one of whom is badly wounded, occult symbols carved into his flesh. His death releases an ancient evil that spreads like sickness, infecting St. Vincent’s and the children within.

Soon, boys begin acting differently, forming groups. Taking sides. Others turn up dead. Now Peter and those dear to him must choose sides of their own, each of them knowing their lives – and perhaps their eternal souls – are at risk.

Praise for Boys in the Valley:

‘The terror’s exquisite. Fracassi’s got his hand on the chisel going into your chest’ Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians

‘Fracassi makes terror read so damn beautifully’ Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

‘An unrelenting and highly entertaining show of horrors’ Thomas Olde Heuvelt, author of Hex

‘A smart and deftly-written tale instilled with the kind of creeping, claustrophobic horror I enjoy’ Nick Cutter, author of The Troop

‘As poignant as it is chilling, with a fast-paced, unflinching ending’ Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger

‘The most unsettling novel I have read all year. Cold dread clings to every page’ Ronald Malfi, author of Black Mouth

‘Harrowing and claustrophobic’ Christopher Golden, author of Road of Bones

‘Fracassi. . . builds his horrific tales slowly and carefully…he’s especially skilful at creating, and sustaining, suspense’ The New York Times

‘Gut-wrenching, heart breaking, and terrifying’ Andy Davidson, author of The Boatman’s Daughter

‘Horror readers will be hooked’ Publishers Weekly

‘A riveting, and horrifying, tale of survival set against a punishing and vivid backdrop.’ Victor LaValle

‘Fracassi. . . brings a depth of understanding to his monsters, human and otherwise’ Guardian

‘Fracassi’s storytelling is. . . horror with a big, broken heart’ Esquire

‘His range, prolific output, and fast-paced prose are all set to put him on the shelf next to names such as King, Straub, and Thomas Harris’ Signal Horizon

Reviews

Stephen Graham Jones, author of THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS
The terror's exquisite. Fracassi's got his hand on the chisel going into your chest
Thomas Olde Heuvelt, author of HEX
An unrelenting and highly entertaining show of horrors
Victor LaValle, on BOYS IN THE VALLEY
A riveting, and horrifying, tale of survival set against a punishing and vivid backdrop
Signal Horizon
His range, prolific output, and fast-paced prose are all set to put him on the shelf next to names such as King, Straub, and Thomas Harris
Victor LaValle
Fracassi makes terror read so damn beautifully
Christopher Golden, author of ROAD OF BONES
Harrowing and claustrophobic, Boys in the Valley is an outstanding horror novel
Stephen King
Old-school horror
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Fracassi. . . builds his horrific tales slowly and carefully...he's especially skilful at creating, and sustaining, suspense
Guardian
Fracassi. . . brings a depth of understanding to his monsters, human and otherwise
Ronald Malfi, author of BLACK MOUTH
The most unsettling novel I have read all year. Cold dread clings to every page
Alma Katsu, author of THE HUNGER
As poignant as it is chilling, with a fast-paced, unflinching ending
Esquire
Fracassi's storytelling is. . . horror with a big, broken heart
Nick Cutter, author of THE TROOP
A smart and deftly-written tale instilled with the kind of creeping, claustrophobic horror I enjoy
Andy Davidson, author of THE BOATMAN'S DAUGHTER
Gut-wrenching, heart breaking, and terrifying
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Horror readers will be hooked