By Daniel Kraus

Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, Library Binding, 9780375990946, 289pp.

Publication Date: March 12, 2013


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.

About the Author
Daniel Kraus is the acclaimed author of "The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire"; "The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Two: Empire Decayed"; "The Monster Variations"; "Rotter"; and "Scowler". With filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, he wrote "Trollhunters". A writer, an editor, and a filmmaker, Daniel lives with his wife in Chicago. Visit him at