A horror story about friendship, growing up, and finding a place in the world: Gremlins meets The Breakfast Club by way of Stephen King and Stranger Things.
1982, the summer before seventh grade. Five kids with nothing in common–Sep, Arkle, Hadley, Lamb, and Mack–become instant friends. On the last day of summer, they find a stone box buried in the forest, and each places an object inside to seal their friendship. And they make rules:
Never come to the box alone.
Never open it after dark.
Never take back your sacrifice.
1986, the summer before eleventh grade. The five haven’t spoken since that day in 1982. Sep has gone through the past four years alone and plans to escape to boarding school. But strange things are happening–mirrors are breaking unexpectedly, electricity is flickering in and out, and people are coming down with inexplicable physical ailments.
Someone has broken the rules. And it seems the five committed more than objects to the box’s ancient stone–they gave it their deepest secrets and darkest fears, and now these are being returned in a flood of shambling corpses, murderous toys, and undead pets. The gang must reunite in an attempt to discover the secrets of the sacrifice box–and Sep might be the only one who can stem its tide of evil before it’s too late.
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Martin Stewart has previously worked as an English teacher, university lecturer, barman, recycling technician, and golf caddy. A native of Glasgow, he now lives on Scotland’s west coast with his wife, baby daughter, and a very big dog. He enjoys cooking with eggs, running on the beach, re-watching his favorite films, and buying books to feed his to-be-read pile. Follow him on Twitter @martinjstewart and Instagram @martin_j_stewart.
I loved this book! Perfect for anyone (aka ME) who’s waiting anxiously for the next season of Stranger Things, and the second part of the new IT movie! I’m a lover of the 80s, even though I was born right at the end. This book had everything it promised and more. It had horror, loads of it, and outstandingly done, but it also had humor and an amazing sense of time and place. I really felt grounded in the book, which made the horror all the more real. Comparing it to some other horror I’ve read recently, it felt a little lacking in the depth of the characters, but overall, it kept me turning pages way later into the night then I should’ve been, and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. The book has got great pacing, good main characters, and the plot is unique and terrifying. As others have mentioned, there’s a real Stand by Me/IT/Goonies vibes in this book, so if any of that appeals to you, pick this up!