"The author has incredible talent for creating a tense, atmospheric world for his characters, and I was on the edge of my seat for every page of this book." - Magnolia Reads
Jack didn’t know what to call the nameless, skeletal creature that slunk into her house in the dead of night, stealing the very things she loved the most. So she named him The Toy Thief…
There’s something in Jack’s past that she doesn’t want to face, an evil presence that forever changed the trajectory of her family. It all began when The Toy Thief appeared, a being drawn by goodness and innocence, eager to feed on everything Jack holds dear. What began as a mystery spirals out of control when her brother, Andy, is taken away in the night, and Jack must venture into the dark place where the toys go to get him back. But even if she finds him, will he ever be the same?
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
D.W. Gillespie has been writing dark fiction in one form or another since he was old enough to hold a pencil. He's been featured in multiple horror anthologies, both in print and online. His books include, The Toy Thief, Still Dark, and Handmade Monsters.
The emotional connection that Gillespie creates between the reader and the Toy Thief is heartrending and brilliant.
– The Ghastly Grimoire
"The author has incredible talent for creating a tense, atmospheric world for his characters, and I was on the edge of my seat for every page of this book."
– Magnolia Reads
"Turning something so innocent as toys as the main focus in a horror novel…it’s enthralling...Gillespie has a particular skill in making the benign disturbing."
– Word of the Nerd
"The antagonist or Toy Thief is so ominously portrayed, that I can honestly say that my nine-year-old self would be burrowed deep under the covers in a fetal position until daybreak – and I love that! A couple of the scenes are so well described, that I got chills while reading the book, and that hasn't happened in a long time."
– Kendall Reviews
"It takes a lot to scare me with the amount of horror related content I take in on a day to day basis, but The Toy Thief managed to do just that. At certain points during my read, I found myself holding my breath without even realizing it. I certainly won't be able to get the unnerving description of the Toy Thief out of my mind anytime soon, or my dreams for that matter.. and I doubt you'll be able to either."