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Boys in the Valley

By: Philip Fracassi
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Summary

The Exorcist meets Lord of the Flies, by way of Midnight Mass, in Boys in the Valley, a brilliant coming-of-age tale from award-winning author Philip Fracassi.

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.

©2023 Philip Fracassi (P)2023 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

“Gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, and terrifying.” —Andy Davidson, author of The Boatman’s Daughter

“A gothic, gory Lord of the Flies…The horror here is as much a 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

“This is not only a smart and deftly-written tale instilled with the kind of creeping, claustrophobic horror that I enjoy—Fracassi's got real love for his characters: you truly care about his motley band of boys, and their fates.” —Nick Cutter

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