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"Dead Ends is a highly original and decidedly odd dark drama which encompasses small-town horror, paranoia, families in crisis, politics, gossip, social problems and a house which may or not be haunted. There is a lot of ambiguity in this perfectly pitched novel and it would undoubtedly have been much easier to write a story about an ‘evil’ house which infects or pollutes the area around it than the much subtler whispering and twitching drama Fitch delivers."

-- Horror DNA review by Tony Jones

"Dead Ends is a no-holds barred look at the modern world and the issues that boil under the surface of even a seemingly perfect neighborhood. Dead Ends is everyone's nightmare... It is brutal and shocking and everything that can be asked of a novel. I still cannot believe what I read."

--A Reviewer Darkly



One of the best horror novels of 2020. Available at all major retailers!

"I doubt I will read many better horror novels in 2020. Box in the Box was a complete triumph and deserves to be very widely read, even beyond the horror genre." -- Tony Jones, Gingernuts of Horror


"Fitch spins isolation and paranoia into a frighteningly successful yarn." -- Publisher's Weekly

"This is what true horror is meant to be, quiet and thoughtful, an eerie sense of something lurking just ahead in your path with no way of escape; BOY IN THE BOX by Marc E. Fitch is the haunting guilt that reminds us mistakes from the past can return at any time, and in the worst of ways."


—Eric J. Guignard, award-winning author and editor, including That Which Grows Wild and A World of Horror

"Late in Marc Fitch’s book Boy in the Box, the protagonist says, “I don’t think we know what we’re dealing with here,” and so we head fearfully into the final 100 pages or so of a skillful exercise in horror one can’t help but compare to a masterpiece of the genre, Algernon Blackwood’s “The Willows.”

--Alec Cizak, editor, and author of Lake County Incidents, Breaking Glass and Manifesto Destination




Best Horror of the Year Vol 10

Paradise Burns

Old Boone Blood


That philosophical dichotomy that leads the lives of so many of us like a lighthouse in a cosmic storm is at the center Marc E. Fitch's lyrical and brooding detective novel Paradise Burns, an inspired but little known hardboiled thriller with horror influences I was lucky enough to stumble upon.

-Dead End Follies

The men stare into the darkness of the forest and although nobody says anything, none are prepared to wander far from the safety of the cabin. I would have done the same, this place is terrifying. The supernatural element is handled subtlety and beautifully worked into a gripping story. Not everything is spelled out, but the writing is so skilled it does not need to be, with the reader looking between the lines for further answers or clues. This is an outstanding horror story where the sense of deep dread slowly tightens around the reader like slow strangulation. Unmissable.

--Horror DNA, Tony's Top Ten Horror Novels of 2020, Boy in the Box

Fitch shows a subtle sympathy for religion in his comparisons between the legitimation rituals of old and the present. He’s not, however, condemning the pseudo-experts—his “shmexperts”—for running afoul of some other body of certain truths, though these may well exist. Rather, he is defending agnosticism, or what might better be called by the more old-fashioned word “humility,” against all the blustering pretense that we can calculate our way to confidence about everything from longevity to love to the precisely-numbered secrets of success.

-Splice Online, Shmexperts

In The Press

Dirty Water


Paranormal Nation



Marc E. Fitch is the author of Paranormal Nation: Why America Need Ghosts, UFOs and Bigfoot and Shemexperts: How Power Politics and Ideology are Disguised as Science as well as the novels, Boy in the Box, Old Boone Blood, Paradise Burns and Dirty Water. He was 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow.

Marc lives and works in Connecticut and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Connecticut State University.


Other Reviews & Interviews

Horrorbound -- Boy in the Box


New York Journal of Books -- Boy in the Box


Grimdark Magazine -- Boy in the Box


Publisher's Weekly - Boy in the Box


Horror Novel Reviews - Paradise Burns

Dead End Follies - Paradise Burns


The Washington Free Beacon - Shmexperts

Splice Online - Shmexperts

Salvo Magazine - Shmexperts

Mav Skye Blog - Dirty Water

Horror Maiden Reviews - Paradise Burns

A. E. Siraki - Horror Library Vol. 6



THE STARRY CROWN - Horror Library vol. 6, 2017

DEATH SENTENCE - Pulp Modern Magazine Vol. 2 Is. 1 2017

THE NAMELESS - The Big Book of Bootleg Horror Vol. 1 2017

CREATURES - Strange Beasties Anthology, Third Flatiron Press, 2017

THE ZBRUCH IDOL - CEA Greatest Anthology Written (for the world record)


THE STARRY CROWN - Best Horror of the Year Volume 10, ed. Ellen Datlow, 2018

SOLITUDE - Beneath The Waves, Tales from the Deep. Things in the Well, 2018

DEMIURGE - Weirdbook, Vol. 39, 2018

A QUIET DEATH BY A MILLION BITES - Last Shot Fired Anthology, Midnight Writers Association 2018

THE STARRY CROWN - Audio performance by Jason Hill

SOLITUDE - Audio performance by Jason Hill


News and Events

THE HEAD OF THE MEADOW - The Prick of the Spindle, 2008


THE FORGOTTEN EAR OF CORN - Cezanne's Carrot, vol 3, issue 2. 2008 (available online)

THE HIT-MAN - A Twist of Noir, 476. 2010 (available online)

ALTAR BOYS - The Big Click, issue 4. 2012 (available online) Reprinted in Great Jones Street, 2017

MONSTER - Thuglit, issue 2. 2012

JUMP 20$ - Horror Society Stories, vol. 1. 2013

DIRTY WATER - Under The Bed, vol. 1, No. 7. 2013

SAVAGE WORK - Massacre Magazine, issue 1. 2013

CAIMANO-MAN - The Big Click, issue 11. 2013 (available online)

THE MONK - Massacre Magazine, issue 3. 2014

TOMMY, WHO LOVED TO LAUGH - Thuglit, issue 13. 2014 (available online) Reprinted in Great Jones Street, 2017

THESE TWO HANDS - Pulp Metal Magazine 2014 (available online)

THE HERO OF EAST VALE - The Big Click, issue 25. 2015 (available online)

THE TREES ARE TALL HERE - Nightscript, vol 1. 2015

GOD DOES DAMN THE MIND - Whispers From the Abyss, vol 2. 2015

THERE WAS NO ONE THERE - Pulp Metal Magazine, 2015 (available online

ICHTHYS REACHES - Disturbed Digest, #12. 2016

THESE TWO HANDS - Phase 2 Magazine, issue 5. 2016 (reprint)

ON EARTH AS IT IS IN NOTHING - Dark Lane Anthology, vol. 3. 2016

THE IMMORTAL COIL - Illuminati At Your Door Anthology. 2016

THE DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN - DarkFuse Magazine 11/18/16

IN THE VALLEY OF THE HEADLESS CORPSES - Ink Stains: A Literary Anthology, vol 3. January 2017





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