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Zane's Shoebox is an object that appears in Alan Wake.

Purpose

Just before Thomas Zane wrote himself out of existence, he wrote that whatever was left of him in a shoebox would be the only parts of him not written out of existence. The purpose of this could be that for one day, should it be reawakened, somebody such as Alan Wake might come along, find his objects and destroy the Dark Presence.

It's possible that because a shoebox of Thomas Zane's books was found in Bird Leg Cabin, this made Alan learn a little bit about Thomas Zane, and that motive could have brought Zane back when Alan wrote him into the manuscript entitled Departure.

Objects in Shoeboxes

Below are a list of objects found in shoeboxes belonging to Thomas Zane.

Shoebox #1 (Bird Leg Cabin)

  • The Labyrinth of Me
  • The Temple of Shadow and Mist
  • In Her Dreams to Prevail
  • Kept from Sleep

(These are all books by Thomas Zane himself)

Shoebox #2 (The Well-Lit Room)

  • The Clicker
  • Manuscript page detailing Alan's childhood and what he did when he reached the Well-Lit room.

Unanswered Questions

  • In the manuscript page entitled "Zane’s Shoebox", there is a statement about a rule that Zane came up with in case the dark presence came back to haunt the town of Bright Falls once again. The rule states that: “Anything of his stored in a shoebox would remain”. It said, “a shoebox”, not “the shoebox”. This explains why there is another shoebox in the Well-Lit Room, but doesn't explain exactly how many there are in the world. How many shoeboxes did Zane actually create? Can he create more if he wanted to?
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