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Set in 19th century Hungary and Romania, The Gentling Box is the Bram Stoker Award-winning novel about a half-gypsy horse trader named Imre and the terrifying choices he must make in order to save the family he loves from the curse known as the hand of the dead.

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Overview

"Mannetti's prose has teeth; sharp teeth that grab on and refuse to let go."
J.A. Konrath, author of SHAKEN and ORIGIN

Set in 19th century Hungary and Romania, The Gentling Box is the Bram Stoker Award-winning novel about a half-gypsy horse trader named Imre and the terrifying choices he must make in order to save the family he loves from the curse known as the hand of the dead.

After a vengeful sorceress inflicts him with a mortal disease, Imre discovers, to his horror, that the only way he can prevent his beloved wife Mimi and their young daughter Lenore from falling prey to the terrifying gypsy curse is to confront the single most horrendous moment of his life. He must decide if he can, once again, face the dark,
hideous secrets of the gentling box.

"A keenly conceived and richly executed cornucopia of the blackest magic. Mannetti's prowess as a writer hauls the reader into a shimmering, phantasmagoric demesne of relentless suspense and high-creep-factor chills, and doesn't let go until the final page. This story is a dark work of art."
Edward Lee, author of CITY INFERNAL and BRIDES OF THE IMPALER.

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Editorial Reviews

Gabrielle Faust
“THE GENTLING BOX is a brilliantly decadent opium den of mind-
bending hallucinations fueled by old-world magic, each page more
disturbing and haunting than the previous one. Absolutely stunning!
Moving with the frantic speed of a terrified wild horse, this novel will take
you on a ride you will not soon forget. If this is Lisa Mannetti’s debut, I
cannot wait to see what she will produce for us in the future.”
J.L. Comeau
“Brilliantly researched and structured, THE GENTLING BOX accurately
recreates a world long lost where Gypsies roamed a shadowy landscape filled
with superstition and danger. Ms. Mannetti has conjured a heart-stopping
tale of magick most black, a terrifying, heartfelt, disarming story that is
beautifully wrought and historically correct. I came away from this novel
breathless and hungry for more.”
Nick Cato
“Realistically written, addictive and eerie ... Mannetti had me hooked ... I
doubt anyone will be able to put this one down.”
William Gagliani
“The dark themes Lisa Mannetti explores come crawling up your throat when
you least expect them ... We fall headfirst into a world both abundantly
detailed and bleakly hideous for its personal horrors and what man—or
woman—may be driven to do for power over others ... it may be a first
novel, but it’s one powerful and inventive, timeless treatise on darkness of the
soul.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978731892
  • Publisher: DarkHart Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2008
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 0.71 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Mannetti’s debut novel, The Gentling Box, garnered a Bram
Stoker Award.
She has authored a macabre gag book, 51 Fiendish Ways to Leave
your Lover, as well as non-fiction books, and numerous articles and
short stories in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. Her story,
“Everybody Wins,” was made into a short film by director Paul Leyden
starring Malin Ackerman and released under the title Bye-Bye Sally.
Lisa lives in New York.

Visit her author website: www.lisamannetti.com
Visit her virtual haunted house: www.thechanceryhouse.com
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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    A Wonderful Book and Remarkable Debut

    Just finished first novel The Gentling Box by Lisa Manetti and wanted to let you know that I was bowled over.

    It's a superb story full of unflinching observation, telling details, and breath-taking turns of events, written beautifully with a masterful control of material, pacing, and story structure.

    It is set among the Gypsies in Hungary and Romania at the turn of the last century, a time of change, portent, and dark magic. Imre, a horse trader; his wife Mimi, whom he loves so dearly; their daughter Lenore; his friend Constantine; and others among the nomads have their lives changed irrevocably by the dark magic of Mimi's mother, Anyeta, whose dying wish is to see her daughter one last time. A talisman must also be passed on, a kind of Hand of Glory or Monkey's Paw that carries its own kind of twisted temptation for everyone involved. We see curses, lust for power, corruption, ghosts, possession, self-sacrifice, and redemption portrayed with felicity and conviction. It is a remarkable series of portraits presented in a compelling sequence of well-wrought scenes.

    The magic in it is as real as horse sweat and ashes, and the reality described as magical as any wild dream. What an accomplishment, to mix such stuff so well and to tell such a brutal tale so beautifully, with such delicacy of feeling and such empathy. There is real life in it, and the unblinking way Manetti portrays it all is greatly to be admired in an era when so many choose to avert their gazes, or to lie, in order to lessen the sting or to avoid offending prudes. This book tells the blunt truth and therein lies it's great power.

    One of the best books I've read in a long time, The Gentling Box is strongly recommended.

    That it is Lisa Manetti's first published novel bodes well for her career and for us, her readers. And more good news: she is working on a book about deaths on Mt. Everest. Our wait, to gauge by this work, will be well worthwhile.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

    Wonderful Read!

    The Gentling Box is a fast-paced, beautifully written novel. I couldn't put it down. It's got everything: creepy atmosphere, entrancing historical detail, and fascinating three-dimensional characters. There isn't a disappointing moment in the entire book. The Gentling Box is one of the best books I've read in 2008.

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