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Box of Lies [Kindle Edition]

Mark LaFlamme
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Discover a place where men and women are forced to march for their daily bread, the end of the world doesn’t guarantee a way out and every tiny decision that you make could influence the future in giant ways.

From Maine author Mark LaFlamme, 27 disturbing tales that question the world around us, each more unsettling than the last.

A professor discovers that we all may be works of fiction. A freak storm leaves half the population speaking gibberish and the grandest secrets of them all may await in the grave.

"LaFlamme is like a graffiti artist sliding around a corner in the dark with his collar turned up, a few bold strokes and he's moved on--but the territory of your mind has been tagged with his distinctive images."
–Linda Bulger, Amazon

Table for One
Pepper
The Bender Argument
Dove
Dead Things
Confessional
Knick Knack
Feast of Friends
The Neighborhood
The Whole Shebang
Find a Penny
Artifact
The Village Store at the End of the World
Honey
Wish You Were Here
Bone Lake
Box of Lies
Daddy
Out There
Gibberish
Our House
Forever
Bobby
Legend
Dual Sport: A Love Story
Fingerdance
The End

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LaFlamme is like a graffiti artist sliding around a corner in the dark with his collar turned up, a few bold strokes and he's moved on--but the territory of your mind has been tagged with his distinctive images.

--Linda Bulger, Amazon

From the Back Cover

This box is for you. It's all yours, to do with as you wish. Keep it closed and it stays dark in there, entire worlds trapped in endless night. Keep it closed and its inhabitants are unable to excite you, thrill you, touch you. Maybe it's better that way. It's difficult to judge what is safe and what is a rotted beam ready to give way beneath your foot. Yes. Better to keep the box closed and spare yourself.
One peek might be okay. Just a fast glimpse to see what stirs at the corners of the eyes.
There. Men and women forced to march for their daily bread.
And there. A friendly fisherman who won't stay buried.
Oh, and there. The children are insane. The elderly play games of chance with wicked prizes, and a man is in love with a machine.
A crazy lady frets over pennies on the sidewalk. Cannibals dine together over pitchers of beer. The end of the world doesn't guarantee you a trip out and you could find yourself journeying to the afterlife and back.
This box is unlike any other you have ever held in your hands. It demands restraint. The longer you look, the more you wonder. Who killed JFK? What are they hiding at Area 51? What really happened on 9/11 and where do we go when we die?
It's your box, the choice is yours. Put it down and walk away. Or open it up and explore a world of treachery and terror, greed and gloom, love and lies. From the mind of Mark LaFlamme, this is a box filled with things from which most will hide.
And it's all yours.

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  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mark LaFlamme (December 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FGMSVO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp, creative, thought-provoking November 6, 2010
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I've read Mark LaFlamme's work before, so I thought I knew what I was in for with his BOX OF LIES. Shivers at the back of my neck, furtive glances over my shoulder, a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach... delicious! But I didn't bargain on the cumulative effect of more than two dozen stories, each with its own chilling atmosphere. LaFlamme is like a graffiti artist sliding around a corner in the dark with his collar turned up, a few bold strokes and he's moved on--but the territory of your mind has been tagged with his distinctive images.

If you're about to say that short stories aren't your thing, put that opinion on hold for a day or two and peek under the cover here. See if you really can resist. Each story opens with a line that yanks you in: "Trevor Garbo liked dead things." "My name is Rudy Weather and I can read your mind." "It was two days after the world ended when the old van rumbled up Route 4." "'Do you ever worry,' Randall Albee asked him, 'That they might come for you?'"

I wouldn't know where to start, telling you about these stories. Read a few here, a few there, put the book down and think about them for a while, go back and read a few more. One thing you know for sure is that, whether you're reading about a band of murdering fourth-graders, a shopkeeper defending his territory after the apocalyse, or a man who made a very poor bargain for eternal life, the characters are so real you can reach out and touch them, if you only dare.

Many of these stories spoke to me of some truth I don't quite dare to believe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most invigorating author since Stephen King. August 20, 2011
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There are a plethora of authors that can hide behind closed doors or even in the cracks of creaky wooden floors, waiting to jump out with a dime-a-dozen scare, and then there are mold-breaking writers that puncture the mind with seeds of imagination that continue to grow over time, of which Mark LaFlamme is indisputably the latter. His work is easily devoured (the much sought after "quick read"), but sticks to the ribs like a rare T-Bone with taters and gravy, just don't think about where that knife has been.

After rave reviews from friends, I was obligated to use Kindle for the first time ever to snipe this book at such a cheap price, and boy did I get more than I bargained for. Sure, this book has a plentiful amount of horror for the adrenaline junkies, but what I was shocked to find is the soul hiding behind the layers of madness. I wouldn't discount LaFlamme's penchant for throwing a good laugh in either. When is the last time an author crafted a narrative that could bind a gut one page, question human existence the next, and conclude with a rewarding polish, snickering along the way? I haven't been this invigorated by an author since snacking on Stephen King's novels as a teenager.

Each story has enough florid imagery to fill an entire novel. 27 books for the price of one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting the trails of Bowdoin, Maine. January 5, 2011
By Robin
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If you're looking for stories that could have come out of your dream world this is the book for you. Those dreams that freak you out. Creepy, dark and haunting these stories have all that. Mark had shared a snippet of The Neighborhood on his website and after reading it I said "I've got to get that book!" I could not put the book down. If you Like Stephen King you'll LOVE Mark. Get the book you won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the first bite... October 25, 2010
Format:Paperback
Length: 4:59 Mins
Are you ready? Are you ready for something completely different?

If you are a fan of LaFlamme's work, this will seem at first like familiar territory, but it won't be long until you realize the path he is leading you on is much much different. Much darker, more complex, more thought provoking than any of his previous work. I adored all of his earlier writings, but this one raises the bar significantly.

Some stories leave you satisfied, some may leave you wanting more, others may leave you feeling unsettled and looking over your shoulder, but all will sit in your mind, your gut for days.

There are big stories here, neatly packaged in tiny little boxes. Go ahead, just start with one or two. But trust me, once you open the first box, the first story, take the first bite...

You're not going to want to stop.

So enjoy this first taste in the video as an appetizer. You know its going to be delicious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark's Midnight Madness could be fatal... March 30, 2011
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I said it before and I'll say it again: Mark LaFlamme is the best horror writer I've ever read. I've read all his books and will put him at the top of his game--right up there with Steven King, Dean Koontz, John Saul and Shirley Jackson...who are consistently the very best!

No need to remind you seasoned readers about how original his stories are or how well-paced and -written. Keeping it simple, each and every one of the short stories in Box of Lies is blood-curdling, spine-tingling, "horrorific" art. I do confess that Mark's fellow horror writers (mentioned above) have all managed to keep me reading until two or three a.m, but he's the first to keep me awake all night long. All I can say is "Thanks, Mark! I enjoyed each frightening second of the creepy experience."

Reading makes strange bedfellows, so move over Koontz, King, Saul and Shirley... LaFlamme is here to stay! But be careful lest his Midnight Madness become your Daylight Desire... To keep your sanity, you must keep in mind that it's only fiction. As the author himself says: "What is fiction but a lie?" This unusual book contains twenty-eight mysterious, unique, spine-chilling stories by a self-described "liar." (But with all due respect, I still prefer storyteller.)

Many more books like this, The Pink Room, DIRT: An American Campaign and Vegetation and I'll have to start a Facebook campaign to have the Attorney General label these books "dangerous to the readers' health.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars short stories for those that dont like short stories!
I bought this ages ago since I knew (through the internet, on a social website) the daughter of the author plus he is semi local to me (being a mainer near the l/a area). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Laura at the Cape
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for weird fiction fans!
LaFlamme has been steadily writing and releasing excellent horror and weird fiction books since 2005, and each one has had a slightly different but equally captivating overall... Read more
Published on October 19, 2011 by Michelle Souliere
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as Steve King
This Mark LaFlamme guy is every bit as good as Stephen King. I know that sounds like hyperbole, but it's true. "Box of Lies" has been an absolutely fun mid-summer read. Read more
Published on August 14, 2011 by James P. Howaniec
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Shorts
I give this book of short stories 5 stars, not necessarily because I loved all of the stories, but because they are really well written and completely sucked me in. Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this collection!
LaFlamme has offered a wonderful collection of stories that are like delicious courses of an interesting and untimately very satisfying meal. Read more
Published on May 12, 2011 by Nancy T J
4.0 out of 5 stars screaming
Practically every story in "Box of Lies" has the air of an old "Twilight Zone" episode. This book is a screaming sports car ride through the wild Maine west and beyond. Read more
Published on March 9, 2011 by Dana
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Creepy
I would recommend this book for your library. I found it to be fast moving and a very interesting read. It will draw you in and you will find yourself turning page after page.
Published on February 27, 2011 by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Box of Lies
Looking for a creep fest? Try Box of Lies. The only thing that was missing was a campfire for it to be read around. Read more
Published on February 9, 2011 by Stacie Metayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Box of Fun!
I picked up this book on the suggestion of a friend and it turned out to be the best 2.99 I have spent all month. The stories vary in genre, mood, and tone. Read more
Published on February 2, 2011 by Cory J. Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Spine tingling!
Mark LaFlamme has delivered a masterpiece once again! This is a great collection of spine tingling short stories that will keep you looking over your shoulder and around every... Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by S. Theriault
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More About the Author

Mark LaFlamme is a crime reporter and columnist at the Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine. His weekly column Street Talk has been named both Best in Maine and Best in New England. In 2006, LaFlamme was named Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association.

He is the author of the novels "Worumbo," "Delirium Tremens," "The Pink Room, "Vegetation," "Asterisk: Red Sox 2089," and "Dirt: An American Campaign," as well as the short story collection "Box of Lies."

Mark stays up until dawn, sleeps until noon and takes the week of Halloween off each year. He rides a dual sport motorcycle named El Mechon and whines constantly when there's snow on the ground.

Learn more at www.marklaflamme.com
Find Mark on Facebook at facebook.com/marklaflamme1
Or at Goodreads: goodreads.com/author/show/891271.Mark_Laflamme/

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