Boys in the Valley (Paperback)
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Boys in the Valley (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 13/07/2023
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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

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780356520551
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Fracassi makes terror read so damn beautifully - Victor LaValle

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

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

A riveting, and horrifying, tale of survival set against a punishing and vivid backdrop - Victor LaValle, on 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

A smart and deftly-written tale instilled with the kind of creeping, claustrophobic horror I enjoy - Nick Cutter, author of THE TROOP

An unrelenting and highly entertaining show of horrors - Thomas Olde Heuvelt, author of HEX

As poignant as it is chilling, with a fast-paced, unflinching ending - Alma Katsu, author of THE HUNGER

Harrowing and claustrophobic, Boys in the Valley is an outstanding horror novel - Christopher Golden, author of ROAD OF BONES

The most unsettling novel I have read all year. Cold dread clings to every page - Ronald Malfi, author of BLACK MOUTH

Old-school horror - Stephen King

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Mrsbookburnee

“A must read”

This is such a creepy and haunting read and I loved it!!

Anything to do with do with being possessed, scares the bejesus out of me, but I love reading about them.

This is easily a one sitting read, but due to my... More

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“Excellent horror”

Received from NetGalley in exchange for a unbiased review.

If you like dark, bloody horror for your summer beach reads then I’ve got one for you. Fracassi knows how to write a page turner, that is for sure.... More

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“A good horror”

A good horror, a story that mixes different classic tropes like the evil that affects a closed community and how the young boy reacts.
I think it drags a bit and some less pages would have made it a very gripping... More

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