Scowler by Daniel Kraus

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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. 

"Marvin Burke is one of the great monsters of literature, a figure of immense, credible terror and savagery."--Cory Doctorow, author of Little Children and coeditor of Boing Boing

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.




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About Daniel Kraus

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DANIEL KRAUS is a writer, an editor, and a filmmaker. He is currently working on an adult novel with Guillermo del Toro, scheduled for late 2013. Daniel lives with his wife in Chicago.
 
Published March 12, 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult. Fiction

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A meteor shower forms the backdrop for a teen boy's Donnie Darko–like nightmare in 1981 small-town Iowa.

Jan 28 2013 | Read Full Review of Scowler

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In Kraus’s novel set in 1981, 19-year-old protagonist Ry Burke is living with his mother and sister on their eroding Iowa farm when a meteorite shower falls on the nearby prison, freeing Ry’s criminal

Apr 29 2013 | Read Full Review of Scowler

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No stranger to dark and disturbing stories, Kraus (Rotters) continues to push the envelope with this hallucinatory, dread-soaked tale set in 1981. Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke lives with his mother and

Jan 21 2013 | Read Full Review of Scowler

Gr 10 Up—It's the summer of 1981 and 19-year-old Ry Burke, along with his mother and younger sister, are preparing to leave the failing family farm in Kraus's thriller (Delacorte, 2013). It has been nine years since Ry's abusive father was sent to prison after committing horrific acts, culminatin...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Scowler

Gr 10 Up—It's the summer of 1981 and 19-year-old Ry Burke, along with his mother and younger sister, are preparing to leave the failing family farm in Kraus's thriller (Delacorte, 2013). It has been nine years since Ry's abusive father was sent to prison after committing horrific acts, culminatin...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Scowler

Gr 10 Up—It's the summer of 1981 and 19-year-old Ry Burke, along with his mother and younger sister, are preparing to leave the failing family farm in Kraus's thriller (Delacorte, 2013). It has been nine years since Ry's abusive father was sent to prison after committing horrific acts, culminatin...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Scowler

Gr 11 Up—This book has the pacing of a Stephen King movie, and it never lets up on the gruesomeness. Ry Burke's boyhood was riddled with brutal abuse and near death at the ruthless hand of a father whom he referred to as the monster. As Ry became older, his father's violence intensified. Then one...

May 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Scowler

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