Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘American Ghoul’ by Walt Morton. This is a mature young adult paranormal dark fantasy novel.
For more information about this blog tour please visit the tour page.
About the Book:
“A gloriously macabre young-adult tale about the difficulties of being a teenage ghoul in the 1970s. Once readers dig up this clever supernatural story, they likely won’t want to put it down.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Anyone wanting a refreshing story with a young voice full of humor and teenage angst, yet with all the Gothic trappings that have kept the genre popular for over two centuries, give American Ghoul a try!
– Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“I admire Morton’s story-telling ability, his macabre descriptions and his dark treatment of the high school experience from a teenager with a terrible secret. There were moments that chilled me to the bone, but kept me turning the pages to follow Howard’s journey from outsider to anti-hero.”
– Jacksonville Navigator
Even though I’m a real fan of fantasy and paranormal books, ‘American Ghoul’ was not a book I immediately wanted to read. But the cover did spark my interest and I decided to read some of the reviews about this book. There are a lot of positive reviews written about ‘American Ghoul’ and after reading a view of them I really was intrigued about this read. So I was really happy when I heard I could be a part of the blog tour.
In ‘American Ghoul’ we meet Seventeen-year-old Howard Pickman. Howard Pickman seems to be a normal teenager on the outside, but Howard is a Ghoul and his family has been digging up corpses for a long time to survive.
When Howard’s parents are killed after people found out they were Ghouls, the only person Howard can turn to is his grandmother. Soon Howard is not only getting used to his new life as a Ghoul with his grandmother, but he is also send to attend high school. Being a teenager is hard enough, and all Howard wants to do is keep a low profile and survive high school.
‘American Ghoul’ is a very unique and interesting book. It’s the first time I read a book about a Ghoul. To be honest I even needed to look the word Ghoul up in a dictionary because I had forgotten what kind of ‘thing’ it was. According to the dictionary, a Ghoul is a legendary evil being that robs graves and feeds on corpses. Not really something I thought I would enjoy reading about. But don’t be misled.. ‘American Ghoul’ is a great and amazingly good written story about a teenage Ghoul who really is just a good kid.
This book was such a surprise for me. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book but I was interested from the very first page. Walt Morton has a way of writing that is easy to follow and makes you think your reading a coming-of-age story about a ‘normal’ teenager. You could easily forget that this teenager was a Ghoul, except for the eating stuff. It sounds gross, but it really didn’t seem so gross while reading it.
The main character Howard is easy to like. He is kind and smart and really is just a normal guy, but just with a strange diet. ‘American Ghoul’ isn’t a horror story, but a great, funny and touching story about being a teenager and growing up. I really enjoyed it and I’m even surprised this book hasn’t gotten more attention since its publication in November 2012. I can easily see this book being made into a movie. And I would definitely want to see it!!
On the actual night of Halloween I did not do anything creepy. I did not go dance in a graveyard or lurk through the sewers. Ghouls don’t do any of that. On Halloween I went over to Sebastian’s house at five o’clock as the night fell. The Jones’s house was decorated with a three pumpkins illuminated by yellow candles on the front stoop. The doorway had a red spooky bulb glowing and fake cobweb on the door. Sebastian answered the door.
“Better get your ass in here before the kiddies show up. You can help us pass out candy,” Sebastian said.
The Jones’s living room had been turned into an occult temple with three more pumpkins and a lot of candles burning. Mrs. Jones came in wearing all black and a witch’s hat.
“Good evening, Howard, do you like my carved pumpkins?” she said.
“They’re real spooky,” I said.
“I spent two years in Italy studying sculpture,” said Mrs. Jones. She disappeared into the kitchen.
“My mom loves to do trick-or-treat,” Sebastian explained. The living room table was overflowing with candy.
“Whoa, that’s a ton of candy,” I said.
“The kiddies gobble it up by the fistful,” Sebastian said. I noted that he barely had a costume but he did wear a pair of red plastic horns attached to his head and had written “N.J.” on his forehead in magic marker.
“What are you supposed to be?”
“I’m the Jersey Devil.”
“You don’t know because they don’t have one in Georgia.”
“But what is it?” I said.
Sebastian grinned and that did make him look devilish. He loved knowing something you didn’t.
“There’s a legend in New Jersey and it’s like this. Back in 1735 a woman named Mother Leeds had twelve children but she said if she bore another child it would be born spawn of the devil because she was a witch. The child came out with hooves, a horse's head, bat wings, and a forked tail. It growled and screamed, then flew up the chimney.”
“Good story,” I said.”
About the Author:
Walt Morton is a writer, photographer, and artist. ‘American Ghoul’, his debut novel, has been called “The Tom Sawyer of horror fiction.”
With this book he is continuing a decade-long exploration into weird tales via photography, film, painting and writing. Walt has lectured at the British Film Institute and studied intensively in five martial arts.
A complete biography of his exploits and interests would be so shocking, improbable and incredible that modesty demands “the less said the better.” He would like to thank Jane Austen, who coined that “less said the better” idea. ‘American Ghoul’ is his first of several books that reinvent the supernatural horror genre. Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, he now lives in California.
His upcoming novels in 2015 and 2016 will include works in horror, science-fiction, and detective genres.