The things we want are so very rarely the things we need.
Heights, a modest Adirondack town, offers many unique attractions.
Arcane Delights sells both paperbacks and hard-to-find limited editions.
The Skylark Diner serves the best home-cooked meals around, with
friendly service and a smile. Every August, Mr. Jingo’s County Fair
visits, to the delight of children and adults. In essence, Clifton
Heights is the quintessential small American town. Everyone knows
everyone else, and everyone is treated like family. It is quiet, simple,
But shadows linger here. Flitting
in dark corners, from the corner of the eye. If you walk down Main
Street after dark, the slight scrape of shoes on asphalt whispers you're
not alone, but when you look over your shoulder, no one is there. The
moon shines high and bright in the night sky, but instead of throwing
light, it only seems to make the shadows lengthen.
disappear. Teens run away. Hunters get lost in the woods with
frightening regularity. Husbands go mad, and wives vanish in the dead of
night. And still, when the sun rises in the morning, you are greeted by
townspeople with warm waves and friendly smiles, and the shivers pass
as everything seems fresh and new...
Until night falls once more.
Pawn and Thrift sits several blocks down from Arcane Delights. Like any
thrift store, its wares range from the mundane to the bizarre. By
daylight, it seems just another slice of small town Americana. But in
its window hangs a sign which reads: We Have Things You Need. And
when a lonely traveling salesman comes looking for something he
desperately wants, after normal visiting hours, after night has fallen,
he will face a harsh truth among the shelves of Handy’s Pawn and
Thrift: the things we want are rarely the things we need.
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Blurbs & Reviews:
"This is sophisticated adult fiction. With an edge. At times, the book virtually becomes folklore: clever, witty, elegant folklore, with a sting – many stings – including moments of iconic dread." - Robert Dunbar, Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of THE PINES and WILLY
"This is Death of a Salesman written for the horror market. The
stories are flawless and original, avoiding the usual, hackneyed tropes,
with no weak links between them. A thoroughly enjoyable read for the
longer autumnal nights." - Horroraddicts.net
"The way Lucia creates his worlds and their inhabitants is masterful.” - This is Horror
"...it would make for a gorgeous movie in the right hands." - Sci Fi & Scary