- Author: Tom Holland
- Artist: Elder Lemon Design
- Page Count: 480 pages
- Pub. Date: April 21, 2020
- ISBN: 978-1-58767-721-2
- Status: Out of Print
by Tom Holland
About the Book:
Joe Arachro pulled to a halt on a small hillock, looking across the expanse as it rose up into a sudden flat top butte. There was another jagged butte tilting at an angle next to the mesa, not as wide or long. It was like they just appeared from nowhere, dropped down here in the middle of the desert. And in the shimmering glare in the notch between these two buttes, a ten-year-old boy walked out of the sun, surrounded by the blazing rays.
The boy doesn't speak, but he has startling powers: he heals a young girl's torn cuticle, and later erases all damage to a man's badly burnt hand, and it seems there's no limit to the miracles he can perform. After a dog gets run over by a car, the boy apparently brings the animal back to life, and a video of the event goes viral. Suddenly everybody has an idea of who the boy is, and what he might do for them -- and it's a race against time to see who can get to the boy first and gain control over him.
In the wrong hands, the boy's powers could be catastrophic.
From Tom Holland, director and screenwriter of Fright Night and the original Child's Play, comes this new fast-paced thriller with surprises at every turn.
Published as a Signed Hardcover Limited Edition:
• Limited to just 1,000 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 $40!
"An accomplished screenwriter and director whose resumé includes the iconic horror films Fright
Night (1985) and Child's Play (1988) makes his first thriller brim with twists and interesting
characters. When a waif of a boy mysteriously emerges from a butte in the Arizona desert, kind
strangers offer him assistance. Although he doesn't speak, he possesses healing powers that
manifest in ways both small and miraculous. When video showing his abilities surfaces on social
media, all manner of nefarious individuals as well as the government want to get their hands on
this magical boy. At the same time, the African coughing sickness is ravaging the world, and
some think the boy may have the cure or be the cause. Framed as an extended chase with
disparate characters converging on an unknown end, the book's short chapters and alternating
points of view enhance the fast-paced action, though the character-driven narrative occasionally
slows the story. Offer to readers who enjoy thrillers with a bit of horror, such as David Koepp's
Cold Storage (2019) and Chuck Wendig's The Wanderers (2019)."
Tom Holland is an American director and screenwriter of horror and thriller films. His early writing projects include Class of 1984 (1982) and the Robert Bloch-inspired Psycho II (1983), the latter starring Anthony Perkins as the menacing psychopath, Norman Bates, which spawned the Psycho franchise.
His directorial debut was the popular 1980s Vampire film, Fright Night (1985). The film was a box office hit and garnered three Saturn Awards and one Dario Argento Award. Last year, Tom produced a documentary of the film called You’re So Cool Brewster: The Story of Fright Night.
His next project, Child's Play (1988), was a number one box-office hit in America and a worldwide success, despite controversy over its thematic content. Tom then went onto direct two films based upon adaptations of Stephen King's novels: The Langoliers (1995) for TV and the feature film Thinner (1996). He also took a cameo role in the Stephen King miniseries The Stand (1994). He recently completed production on the thriller Rock, Paper, Dead starring Michael Madsen.
Tom's other projects have included The Incredible Hulk episode "Another Path," Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories (1985), three episodes of Tales from the Crypt (1989), and the prestigious Masters of Horror (2005) anthology. He starred in A Walk in the Spring Rain (1970) with Ingrid Bergman.
In 2009, Tom took a starring role in Hatchet II alongside Kane Hodder and Tony Todd.
The Notch is his first novel.