December 28, 2020 — Halloween 2021 Book Announced!
Thought I'd announced next year's Halloween Series book earlier than usual this time around. Maybe because this one is a bit ahead of the game. The manuscript is done, I've read it and loved it, the art is underway, and an author has agreed to write an introduction! Earthling's 2021 Halloween Series novel is:
BOYS IN THE VALLEY
St. Vincent's Orphanage for Boys.
Turn of the century, in a remote valley in Pennsylvania.
Here, under the watchful eyes of several priests, 30 boys work and learn and worship. They live their lives in a methodical way and get along despite different personalities and pasts. Peter Barlow, orphaned by a nighttime murder at his childhood home, 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, his body covered with occult symbols carved into his flesh. Upon his death, an ancient evil is released that infests 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.
Fracassi has been called "a superior storyteller" (This Is Horror), "the next big horror writer to blow your mind" (Lit Reactor), and "especially skillful at creating and sustaining suspense (The New York Times).
More details and ordering information coming next year. I hope you enjoyed the early news and the synopsis!
Paul Miller, Publisher