By the author of the acclaimed novel Go With Me, this is a modern reimagining of Doctor Faustus, masterfully told.
In his quiet Vermont home, a man named Taft sits and wonders what’s missing from his life. He’s at a loss until a strange voice startles him from the rocking chair, where a stranger has seemingly appeared out of nowhere: well-dressed and smooth-talking, this man offers Taft the chance to have anything he’s ever wanted—for a price.
So begins The Devil in the Valley, the latest novel from critically acclaimed author Castle Freeman, Jr. Combining his deft hand for the supernatural with his classic setting of rural Vermont, Freeman gives us a story that touches on temptation and greed, and explores what we’re willing to trade to obtain the things we most desire. A modern fable that explores the supernatural while staying rooted deeply in our world, The Devil in the Valley is a powerful novel from a master at his craft.
'Castle Freeman conjures an intricate tete-a-tete with the devil... Fast-paced, compulsive, The Devil in the Valley leaves you wanting more’ Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked and After Alice
‘Full of laconic dialogue and waggish asides on contemporary culture, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read from the ever-inventive Freeman’ Booklist
‘Castle Freeman has somehow infused The Devil in the Valley with a mysterious energy that keeps a reader eagerly turning pages while desperately hoping the book will go on and on. This is fine and deeply enjoyable writing’ David Huddle, author of The Faulkes Chronicle
'Read this if you like Stephen King' Blu Chicken Ninja
'The novel's atmospheric storytelling proved such a comfort as it dug into the lives, made so significant and intriguing, of this small community in Vermont' For Winter Nights
'A very well and amusingly written update of the Faustian legend by Marlowe' Trip Fiction