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A Small Dark Place by Martin Schenk

A Small Dark Place

by Martin Schenk

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Times are tough in Wishbone, Kansas. The crops have dried up; so have the jobs. Peter Wiley, once the town's high school football star, and his ex-prom queen wife, Sandra, are about to be dispossessed by the bank. There seems to be no hope for them and their children, Will and Andromeda. Until, that is, they hear the story of a little girl who has fallen down an abandoned mine shaft and whose dreadful plight incites Americans to respond with their prayers — and their pocketbooks.

Maybe, the Wileys scheme, it could work for them too.

An act born of desperation, greed, and obsession takes on unforeseen and unforeseeable consequences for the Wileys and Wishbone. At once a gothic thriller and a shrewd morality tale about the American psyche.


Without jobs, without savings, without hope, the Wiley family has fallen on hard times. Until they hear the story of a little girl who slipped down an abandoned mine. Americans respond with prayers. And cash. Now the Wileys hatch their own desperate plan. But something goes terribly wrong, as their precious daughter Andromeda — scared of shadows, monsters, and most of all, the dark — falls into the darkest place of all.

Years later, she returns home, all grown up and recovered from the incident that made her famous. Beautiful, alluring, Andromeda is coming back to the town where it began. To share with everyone the secrets of a small, dark place — and to show them the evil they have made...

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Stephen King meets Billy Wilder (especially the director's darkly cynical film Ace in the Hole, starring Kirk Douglas) in this smart and stylish debut thriller from screenwriter, cartoonist, and art director Martin Schenk. In an attempt to cash in on some national publicity, a desperate couple in Wishbone, Kansas, stage a terrifying "accident" involving their young daughter. It backfires, bringing down a storm of retribution on the family and the town. Not surprisingly, the screen rights to Schenk's extremely cinematic book have been sold.

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In Kansas, a poor couple decides to gain sympathy and cash by dropping their son down a mine shaft. Instead, their daughter falls and unlike the boy she is terrified of the dark. The family and town get rich from tourists, but one day she pays them back for her ordeal, using supernatural powers she acquired in the shaft.… (more)

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