A STRANGER, A BOY & HIS IMAGINARY FRIEND… Twelve-year-old Spencer embarks on a hunting trip with his abusive father, until a tragic accident leaves him alone and lost, deep in the woods. After a horrific bear encounter, Spencer stumbles upon Stu, a bald man who refers to the forest as his domain and claims it’s inhabited by otherworldly creatures he calls “the crazies”. Next thing he knows, Spencer is locked up in Stu’s cabin… But is it imprisonment or salvation? Haunted by memories of his tumultuous upbringing, Spencer now has to find a way to escape from this strange man and “the crazies” and find his way back home… with only his imaginary friend Abigail to rely on. With references to Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline”, Stephen King’s “Cujo” and “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon”, Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”, Michael Ende’s “The Never-ending Story”, Jack London’s “White Fang”, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince” and C.S. Lewis’s “The Chronicles of Narnia”, among many other literary and pop-culture references, “Stranded with Stu” is a heart-pounding thriller and a coming-of-age tale about the importance of literature and facing your demons.