by Rick Hautala
About the Book:
It's Friday, October 6th, the third day in a row the temperature has hit the high eighties. A genuine Indian summer heat wave.
Twelve year-old Billy Crowell and his friends are playing homerun derby at Pingree Park when the town’s fire horn starts honking. Everyone stops and counts the series of toots and they decipher the code: there's a forest fire approaching town.
Billy and his friends join the firefighters as they attempt to protect their town from the raging forest fire, but the fire isn't the only danger in the forest. Soon Billy is separated from the group, disoriented and lost. Daylight is fading fast and the forest is growing darker by the minute.
Before too long, Billy stumbles upon the mutilated corpse of a deer, and the true horrors of the woods are soon chasing after him as night consumes the land...
Rick Hautala, writing under his own name and the pseudonym A. J. Matthews, is
the acclaimed international best-selling author of more than thirty books, including
the million copy best seller Nightstone and Untcigahunk: Stories and Myths of the Little Brothers, and more than fifty
short stories in such anthologies as 999 and magazines such as Cemetery
Dance. His most recent books include the short story collection Occasional
Demons and Follow (by A. J. Matthews). In the spring of 2007,
Berkley Books will publish another A. J. Matthews novel, Unbroken. Hautala lives in southern Maine with author Holly Newstein and Keira the Wonder
Published in two states:
• Hardcover Limited Edition of 1000 copies signed by the author, bound in full-cloth and Smyth sewn ($40)
• Traycased Lettered Edition of 26 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with a satin ribbon page marker ($175)
Samples of the Interior Artwork by Glenn Chadbourne: