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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.

From the Hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780385743105
Branch Call Number: TEEN PBK Kra


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Jul 05, 2015

The depictions of physical and mental abuse in the first 50 pages were too much for me. I think this is edging too far into the gore category for me. Not for me; dropped.

Jan 29, 2015

Author needs to brush up on firearms - rifles and shotguns are not the same. And any object that a car has trouble pulling out of the water at the bottom of a hole would be impossible for a man to do so with his bare hands.

mvkramer Aug 17, 2014

This book suffered from pacing issues. The middle was just too drawn out and that spoiled a lot of the buildup of tension that worked so well up to that point. If this were a shorter novel, maybe reduced by about a third, it would have been much more effective.

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