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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

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (October 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609105699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609105693
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,791,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on 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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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
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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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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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