Spotlight on “Lost Man’s Lane” by Scott Carson

by LitStack Editor

Lost Man’s Lane, a coming-of-age tale that follows 16-year-old Marshall Miller on a journey to uncover the supernatural menace that has taken root in his hometown.

Lost Man's Lane and author Scott Carson

About “Lost Man’s Lane”

For a sixteen-year-old, a summer internship working for a private investigator seems like a dream come true—particularly since the PI is investigating the most shocking crime to hit Bloomington, Indiana, in decades. A local woman has vanished, and the last time anyone saw her, she was in the backseat of a police car driven by a man impersonating an officer.

Marshall Miller’s internship puts him at the center of the action, a position he relishes until a terrifying moment that turns public praise for his sharp observations and uncanny memory into accusations of lying and imperiling the case. His detective mentor withdraws, friends and family worry and whisper, and Marshall alone understands that the darkness visiting his town this summer goes far beyond a single crime. Now his task is to explain it—and himself.

Lost Man’s Lane is a coming-of-age tale of terror that proves why its author has been hailed as “a master” by Stephen King and one who consistently offers “eerie, gripping storytelling” by Dean Koontz.


Praise for “Lost Man’s Lane”

“Carson evokes the best of Stephen King in this exceptional coming-of-age tale.” Publisher’s Weekly, Star Review

“I fell deep into this book and never wanted to come out. It’ll make you a Scott Carson fan for life.” — Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and STRANGE WEATHER

“I’ve spent the last few nights completely enthralled by teenage private investigator Marshall Miller and his creepy coming-of-age horror story. LOST MAN’S LANE made me feel like I was 17 all over again. It’s sweet, scary, nostalgic, and deeply unsettling — and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!” –– Jason Rekulak, nationally bestselling author of HIDDEN PICTURES

“Scott Carson has done it again. …A richly imagined, terrifying trip down memory lane. High school keggers and small town legends, first loves and heartbreaks, serpents and secrets — it’s all here in one action-packed story. Poignant, nostalgic, and profoundly unsettling, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Carson is a spellbinding storyteller and LOST MAN’S LANE is his best yet.” — Richard Chizmar, New York Times bestselling author of GWENDY’S FINAL TASKand BECOMING THE BOOGEYMAN

“The best Scott Carson novel yet! Horror writers are always being compared to Stephen King, quite often without the quality to back up the comparison, but here we have the real deal! In this beautifully executed coming-of-age horror, Carson weaves a tale all his own, replete with unsettling evil and the questions of love and loss, of trust and family, that plague us all. …I loved every shiver!” –– Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of THE HOUSE OF LAST RESORT and ROAD OF BONES


About Scott Carson, Author of “Lost Man’s Lane”

Lost Man's Lane

Scott Carson is the pen name of Michael Koryta, a New York Times bestselling author whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages, adapted into major motion pictures, and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A former private investigator and reporter, his writing has been praised by Stephen King, Michael Connelly, and Dean Koontz, among many others. Raised in Bloomington, Indiana, he now lives in Indiana and Maine.

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