Little Boy, by James Cooper

Little Boy, by James Cooper NEW

  • Author: James Cooper
  • Artist: Francois Vaillancourt
  • Page Count: 296
  • Pub. Date: 2024
  • ISBN: 978-1-58767-899-8
  • Status: Preorder

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With ringing endorsements from juggernauts in the industry such as Tim Lebbon, Ian Rogers, Partridge and Gifune, it's safe to say--James Cooper knows his stuff. LITTLE BOY is not a book to miss.

Little Boy
by James Cooper

About the Book:
From the imagination of James Cooper, one of Britain's foremost writers of dark fiction, comes the story of Fergus and Ralph, two twelve-year-olds hurtling towards adolescence and about to begin a startling journey that will reveal both the world's tenderness and horror in equal measure.

After witnessing a strange midnight event, the two boys are drawn into a shocking mystery that takes shape around them, encountering--among other things--savage delinquents, a painted giant, and the terror of a breattaking European revenge ritual.

And underpinning it all is Little Boy itself: a glass replica of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, capturing the beauty and fragility of every human journey since time began; including the extraordinary rite of passage undertaken by Fergus and Ralph

An unforgettable tale of childhood, friendship, and family, Little Boy is both a heartwarming and unsettling coming-of-age story that will resonate with every generation, old and youn galike, who have shared the experience of what it means to run wild and free in an uncompromising world

Published as a Signed Hardcover Limited Edition:
• Limited to just 550 signed and numbered copies
• Personally signed by the author on a unique signature page
• Printed on 60# acid-free paper
• Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
• Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
• Retail price just $50

“Little Boy is a powerful coming-of-age story filled with friendship and peril, humour and moments of horror. Written from the heart, it's a triumphant and moving tale you'll never forget.” 

—Tim Lebbon, author of Among The Living

“Deep, rich, wonderfully written and populated with a masterfully drawn cast of characters, James Cooper’s Little Boy is smart, sophisticated and thoroughly unsettling. This is a novel you do not want to miss.”

—Greg F. Gifune, author of The Bleeding Season

“Told over a long, wild summer, Little Boy is a compelling mystery about the loss of innocence and the power of friendship. As much an exploration of our own mortality as a poignant coming-of-age story, Little Boy will remain in your mind long after reading—I wholeheartedly recommend it!”

—Carole Johnstone, author of The Blackhouse

“During one scorching hot summer, two boys on the edge of adolescence are suddenly propelled into the dark hinterland of adulthood with the force of an atom bomb. Battling with bullies and trying to solve a mystery connected to an ominous nighttime encounter, they end up facing the greatest challenge of all: growing up. Cooper’s prose is vivid and vibrant, walking the razor’s edge between nostalgia and nightmare with expert skill. Fans of Bradbury and McCammon won’t want to miss this one.”

—Ian Rogers, author of Every House Is Haunted

“Little Boy explores the impact of one particular summer on the lives of two boys and radiates with adventure and nostalgia and all the poignant - often devastating - realisations of growing up. There's Ray Bradbury here, and a little Mark Twain, but at ground zero it's all James Cooper who writes with a bombardier's precision and a poet's heart.”

—Ray Cluley, author of All That’s Lost

“James Cooper's latest will be an enduring coming-of-age classic, reminiscent of McCammon's Boy's Life. Little Boy is a novel of marvels, perfectly capturing the uneasy balance of magic, disappointment, and sheer terror that shapes our childhood. So many unforgettable events occur, but the friendship at its heart is the book's most memorable feature.”

—Norman Prentiss, author of Odd Adventures With Your Other Father 

“James Cooper's Little Boy evokes memories of an eighties childhood that is both terrifyingly familiar and uncomfortably strange. Both a coming-of-age story  and an enjoyable romp through the Land of Ago, this novel of love, friendship, and young lives growing up in the shadow of the bomb will elicit bittersweet memories for those who experienced it and bewitch those too young to remember.”

—Andrew Jury, author of Dear Miss Monroe

“Filtered through the gauze of childhood during the coruscating gaze of a long hot summer, Cooper's coming of age story captures the timeless quality of youthful (mis)understanding in a gripping page turner of truth and consequence, mayhem and mystery. A heartening reminder of the powerful force that is friendship and belonging. Highly recommended.”

—Andrew Hook, author of Candescent Blooms

“James Cooper's dark imagination is a given, but what always draws me to his stories are his characters. Real and human and often strange, they live in that curious hinterland just on the other side of the printed page, and they linger with you long after you close the covers of his books. Don't miss them.”

—Norman Partridge, Author of Dark Harvest

“A suspenseful coming-of-age tale with nods to genre greats like Hitchcock and King. Make no mistake, however, this is Cooper’s world, from desecrated graves, to thrilling stolen balloon rides, to giants that stalk the night; the lessons of childhood are seen through his uniquely tinted lens. Do yourself a favour: come take a look.”

—Steven J. Dines, author of Look Where You Are Going Not Where You Have Been

JAMES COOPER is the author of the notable short story collections You Are The Fly and The Beautiful Red. His novella Terra Damnata was published by PS Publishing in 2011 and was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award. His novella Strange Fruit and his novel Dark Father were both published in 2014 to critical acclaim.

More recently, PS Publishing released his third short story collection, Human Pieces, while the collection Head Space & Other Uncomfortable Surroundings was published in a beautiful leather-bound edition by Cemetery Dance in 2019. His latest publications are the novella The Man in the Field, and the highly regarded collection Scar Tissue.

Forthcoming is a major new project of all-original stories titled Glass Shatters Fist, and an epic ’80s-style horror novel entitled Midnight in America. 

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