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Scowler

by Daniel Kraus

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I really did not like this book. It is very violent and hard to follow. ( )
  WarriorLibrary | Oct 31, 2014 |
It is 1981 and, through flashbacks, nineteen-year old Ry Burke tells the story of his twisted home life. His father Walter was a mean and abusive man, not allowing Ry to play with toys and beating him if the farm wasn’t run the way he liked. He regularly beat his wife, and the horror he inflicted on her when Ry was ten years old was something he’d never forgotten. Read the rest of the review on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/scowler-daniel-kraus/ ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
A well written book of horror. Although the content matter is hard to stomach at times and leaves the reader with anxious energy Scowler is really a story of survival and strength. ( )
  cfranson | Mar 26, 2014 |
Daniel Kraus is a worthy successor to Stephen King. This book was horror from page one. What starts as a tragic story of a family with an abusive father escalates into prison breaks, murder, and general mayhem like falling meteorites and talking dolls.

This is not a light or light-hearted read, this is a well crafted work which requires more attention than the usual YA fare but it is definitely worth the effort. ( )
  mamzel | Feb 28, 2014 |
Super creepy. I understand why everyone is comparing this to Stephen King. Ry's family and farm seem haunted by his father, who is in jail for abuse (and I mean, this is way beyond normal violence; he's a sick man). But a number of unfortunate events occur, leaving Ry's family in danger. There is a slight paranormal edge to this story; then again, maybe Ry is just deranged. Very dark, very violent, very well-written, and the audio was very well-narrated. Just very... agh! A great read for those who like dark fiction.

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Honor (2014)
YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults (Top Ten) (2014) ( )
  SparklePonies | Feb 10, 2014 |
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[BEST & WORST '13] Top 10 Horror Novels of the Year!

2. Scowler, by Daniel Kraus
(March 12; Delecorte Press)

Possibly the most depraved and disturbing novel I read this year––and Scowler is a Junior Library Guild Selection. No shit. Aggressively pushing the boundaries of YA horror, Daniel Kraus’s haunting tale of child abuse is staggeringly violent, featuring grisly scenes of torture and mutilation. But Kraus’s narrative isn’t exploitative, instead adopting a stark, sober tone that forces the reader to face the grim reality of child abuse, as well as the legacy it leaves behind. We’re excited to see if Kraus’s brand of dark, morbid horror will make its way into the Trollhunters novel he’s currently co-writing with Guillermo Del Toro.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385743092, Hardcover)

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 scrape by for 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. 

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:26:43 -0400)

In the midst of a 1981 meteor shower in Iowa, a homicidal maniac escapes from prison and returns to the farm where his nineteen-year-old son, Ry, must summon three childhood toys--Mr. Furrington, Jesus Christ, and Scowler--to protect himself, his eleven-year-old sister, Sarah, and their mother.… (more)

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