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BOX OF LIES Paperback – October 10, 2010
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Intrusion: A Novel
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From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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 ...Read more ›
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!
|Length: 4:59 Mins|
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Laura, the Mainah
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 morePublished on October 19, 2011 by Michelle Souliere
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 morePublished on August 14, 2011 by James P. Howaniec
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 morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Jules
LaFlamme has offered a wonderful collection of stories that are like delicious courses of an interesting and untimately very satisfying meal. Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by Nancy T J
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 morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Dana
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
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 morePublished on February 9, 2011 by Stacie Metayer
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 morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Cory J. Patrick