A Small Dark Place

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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 ...
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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. In A Small Dark Place, an act born of desperation, greed, and obsession takes on unforeseen and unforeseeable consequences for the Wileys and Wishbone.
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A desperate couple's scheme to keep their Kansas farm goes horribly awry in this first novel. A 35,000-copy first printing.
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Derivative, tightly told heartland horror tale that, in aspiring to be a Stephen King knock-off, brims with the master's strengths—and failings. Eight years after high-school jock Peter and cheerleader Sandra were everybody's favorite couple, they lose their house and farm to what appears to be too much bad luck. Lamenting that they are neither rich nor famous, the Wileys move themselves and their children (William, eight, and Andromeda, five) to a motel, where, as Peter fails to get what few jobs the economically depressed burg of Wishbone, Kansas, offers, Sandra, the Eve in this morality tale, gets an idea while watching an old movie on TV (that old devil box!): Why not drop one of the kids down a shaft, let the poor child become an overnight media sensation, and retire on the donations? Alas, the best-laid plans must go astray—the trap the parents lay for Will, who actually likes dark, smelly places, instead snares Andromeda, who can't stand them. Still, the plight of "baby Andromeda" galvanizes the town and the nation. As money, goods, and services enrich the Wileys, poor Andromeda discovers a nasty plant thing lurking in the shaft that seems to save her life just so that heroic Will can rescue the now lethally altered Andromeda. The story then zooms 15 years ahead. The town, reborn as a tourist mecca, wants to throw a parade for Andromeda, by now a creepy but beautiful vamp who intends to use the supernatural powers she gained while underground to destroy anyone (meaning just about everybody) who profited from her suffering. As suspenseful as King's best gross-outs, and as cynically dumbed-down as King's worst. Not quite Pet Sematary, but close enough to show thatnewcomer Schenk understands the rules of commercial horror fiction. Next time around, he should break some of them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375500749
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/7/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Schenk is an Oregonian living in Los Angeles. He has worked in the film industry for the past decade. A graduate of the USC School of Cinema/Television, he has worked as a cartoonist for National Lampoon magazine and has sold an original screenplay to Disney. He is currently at work on his second novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    An Alright book

    This book had great description however it lacked a good story. I was looking for a scary book and it was more sexual than anything else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2000

    This is an aswome book!!

    This book is exelent! To me it's a little crepy, but I don't get scared that easly. It's a great book!

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