Back House by Stephen King and Peter Straub. ‘ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT AND CHILLING THRILLERS OF MODERN TIMES’ Daily Mail. Abandoned by his friends as they cycle through the Wisconsin town of French Landing, ten-year-old Ty Marshall spots a crow hopping towards him down the sidewalk. Then it calls his name. Fascinated, Ty gets off his bike for a closer look and is dragged into the shadows.