Boys in the Valley

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Boys in the Valley
(October 2021)

A novel by Philip Fracassi

Introduction by Andy Davidson
Artwork by Glenn Chadbourne

Halloween series

SYNOPSIS:

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.


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Praise for BOYS IN THE VALLEY and the works of Philip Fracassi:

"BOYS IN THE VALLEY is a beautiful novel that should be will likely be remembered as one of the best of the young decade. A harrowing and unforgettable debut novel."
—Cemetery Dance

"With rich, multilayered characters and a setting as hopeless as it is dreary, Fracassi has masterfully orchestrated a tale that is both harrowing and profound."
—Patrick Delaney

"While I was riveted to the pages, I didn't realize how invested I was until I could breathe again after I turned that final page."
Where the Reader Grows

"Paul Miller has added another haunting addition to his much-beloved Halloween Series. Fracassi has written an odyssey through possession and madness that is tough to read. This is my first meeting with Fracassi and Im sure it wont be the last."
The Baryon Review

"A gothic, gory Lord of the Flies tale. The horror here is as much as warning on the dangers of human corruption as a testament to hope in the face of nigh-insurmountable darkness. Horror readers will be hooked."
Publishers Weekly

"I sped through this gripping and excellently paced novel over three evenings as events quickly spiraled from bad to worse. I suggest you move fast as the 500 hardbacks being released by Earthling are dwindling, and I imagine will all be snagged via pre-orders."
Ginger Nuts of Horror

"Boys in the Valley is gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, and terrifying."
—Andy Davidson

"A superior storyteller."
This Is Horror

"The next big horror writer to blow your mind."
Lit Reactor

"Especially skillful at creating and sustaining suspense."
The New York Times