Welcome to Maureen's Books Wednesday's Favorites. In the Wednesday's Favorites post I will talk about a book I loved and that I think deserves a little more attention. I read popular books, but also many books that aren’t so popular (yet). In this post all sorts of books from all sorts of genre’s will have a chance to shine. Today’s Wednesday's Favorites is 'American Ghoul' by Walt Morton, a book I read in October 2015.
Seventeen-year-old Howard Pickman has some unusual problems: He comes from a family of ghouls
with a long history of digging up corpses, and he’s just moved to a new school filled with kids that are scarier than he is.
American Ghoul is the story of an exceptionally odd teenager trying to survive the most terrible time anybody has to go through — senior year at high school.
November 28th, 2012
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Praise for 'American Ghoul':
American Ghoul is a very interesting read, surprising me with its beautiful storytelling and uniqueness. Whenever I think of a ghoul, I just feel repulsed and I tend to avoid books involving them. So, it’s really a big surprise when I loved this book.
American Ghoul was a book that absolutely blew me away. It was so different than what I expected and really read very similar to a contemporary novel, but in the 70’s and with a ghoul who ate humans. Dead ones. So don’t worry, no murdering happening.
I would say give this one a read. If for no other reason than to learn a few more jokes about eating people. You never can get enough of those, can you?
‘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!!
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.