(pb; 1984, 2007)
From the back cover:
"They were young. They were looking for kicks. They decided to play an innocent game in a strange old house.
"First it turned ugly. Then it turned brutal. Finally it became a nightmare of horror and violence.
"None of them was ever the same again."
Set in Dead River, Maine (also the locale of Off Season and Offspring), this tautly written, quirky, and ultimately horrific coming-of-age tale is unique, and, in true Ketchum fashion, consistently unsettling. It's also gory and nasty in patches, another Ketchum trademark.
Worth owning, this.