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Equal parts haunting and horrifying, this literary horror novel gives readers insight into the mind of a controlling homicidal man and the son who must stop him. 

Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too?

Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister eke out a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father’s physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler.


by Daniel Kraus

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Overall Review:  

Imagine living every day of your life in fear--and having the source of that fear come from within your own family no less. I am pretty sure many of us would agree we have it pretty good in regards to our family life. Sure, there is some disagreement and angst here and there, shouting may be involved...but we make up and forgive eventually. I kept this in the forefront of my mind as I was reading Scowler, so as not to be in complete despair for Ry Burke, his sister, and his mother.


This novel read as a milder version of Dean Koontz, or Stephen King. This is a book that might be relatable to some mature high-schoolers.  Just the cover is enough to send chills down your spine. I was pleasantly horrified at the tale. It's definitely a story capable of making you stay up at night, or at least of giving you some decent nightmares. Finish at your own risk.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  11 mild obscenities; 5 religious profanities; 5 derogatory names; 2 scatological words; 1 anatomical term; 7 F-Word derivatives.


Violence/Gore:  A character escapes from prison; a man abuses his wife physically and verbally, examples of this abuse are described several times and involve blood; a man abuses his children, blood is mentioned but not overly descriptive; a young boy attempts to kill an older man who is threatening him; a mother burns her children's toys as punishment; a character verbally threatens another; a character describes an experience, mentions bombs exploding and casualties, no blood is involved; animals are described while giving birth and blood is mentioned; one scene of murder is described with blood and gore involved; a character scalps and cruelly kills another character; a young boy imagines a gruesome and scary scene.


Sex/Nudity:  Two minors are mentioned to have sex, no explicit details are given; in another scene, two minors have sex with explicit details included and some nudity.

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Abuse, general scary scenes

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Adults smoke.

Reviewed By Lydia
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