Saturday, May 25, 2013

American Ghoul by Walt Morton Review

Title: American Ghoul
Author: Walt Morton
Genre: Horror/Young Adult
Pages: 322
Price: $3.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

AMERICAN GHOUL tells the story of seventeen-year-old Howard Pickman, a boy with odd problems. He just got dumped into the worst high school in the state of New Jersey, but that's nothing compared to his secret family history of digging up corpses for dinner. This is a novel filled with the creepy funkiness of the 1970s, a bygone age of punk rock, bad disco and muscle cars roaring through hot summer nights. AMERICAN GHOUL explores the good times of teenage friendships and the darkness at the heart of American youth. It's a fun, scary, and zany look at a time when being a teenager was so dangerous you just might have to be a monster in order to survive.

AMERICAN GHOUL is recommended for readers from age 13+ on up. If you lived through the 1970s, a few flashbacks are guaranteed, both pleasant and shocking.


Is it possible for a book filled with gore to seem perfectly natural? American Ghoul by Walt Morton is one of the goriest books I've ever read, but didn't feel like horror at all. The story of Howard Pickman seems as perfectly natural as reading the memoir of any other person recounting their youth. The only difference is his diet is a bit different than ours.

What I absolutely loved about this book were the pop culture references sprinkled throughout. References to 70's events, music, and lifestyles made the book feel real. The author did an amazing job of making the novel read like a true account of someone's life.

I will say one thing. The book is recommended for those over the age of 13. In my opinion, 15 or 16 seems like a more appropriate recommendation. The book does include a lot of gore, bad language, and sexual references. With that said, I would recommend it to anyone over that age that is looking for a great story. American Ghoul is expertly written and a must for lovers of paranormal and horror.

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