Monday, October 26, 2015

American Ghoul by Walt Morton

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Welcome to my tour stop for American Ghoul by Walt Morton! This is a mature young adult paranormal dark fantasy novel. The tour runs October 19-30th with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.


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About the Book:

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. 


"A gloriously macabre young-adult tale about the difficulties of being a teenage ghoul in the 1970s. Once readers dig up this clever supernatural story, they likely won't want to put it down." - KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Anyone wanting a refreshing story with a young voice full of humor and teenage angst, yet with all the Gothic trappings that have kept the genre popular for over two centuries, give American Ghoul a try! - SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

  "I admire Morton's story-telling ability, his macabre descriptions and his dark treatment of the high school experience from a teenager with a terrible secret. There were moments that chilled me to the bone, but kept me turning the pages to follow Howard's journey from outsider to anti-hero." - JACKSONVILLE NAVIGATOR



Free for Kindle Halloween weekend! 10/30-11/1 

Excerpt:


That first month of senior year I tried to stay invisible. I spent a lot of time studying and did my homework thoroughly. After school I spent hours at the Pinebury public library. I sat reading in the stacks on any subject that caught my interest. To give the librarians something to do, I ordered a couple of books via inter-library loan. If you saw me hiding out in the library you would have pegged me as a reclusive bookworm and never thought any excitement would come my way.

I made the silent rows of books my secret refuge in Pinebury. Because I was rattled.Though it felt like a lifetime ago, not much time had passed since the horrific death of my parents. Sometimes the memory of that awful night would jolt me and I’d start to sweat. On many days I sat in the library mulling things over. I wondered what happened in Madison after they burned us out. Did people still talk about the ghouls they killed? Had they combed the ashes of our house for my bones? Was anybody still looking for me?

It worried me because the “blend in” strategy had failed spectacularly in Madison. Yet here I was, with Granny, applying the same approach to grave-robbing in Pinebury and hoping nobody would learn we were ghouls. It frayed my nerves because sometimes my imagination would run wild and I’d picture our front door banging open and a swarm of madmen come to kill me.

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Walt MortonAbout 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.


 
GIVEAWAY:
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Collectible, art-skull hand painted, signed and numbered by Walt Morton, the author
Ends Nov. 4th
Prizing provided by the author, hosts are not responsible.



This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.