Review & Giveaway: American Ghoul by Walt Morton

by Walt Morton
Published by Indie Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Kindle/Mobi
Source: Blog Tour

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.


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 


American Ghoul is a very interesting read, surprising me with its beautiful story telling and uniqueness.  Whenever I think of a ghoul, I just feel repulsed and I tend to avoid books involving them.  So, it’s really a big surprise when I loved this book.

17-year old Howard and his family are ghouls.  They try to keep low profile and live like regular humans.  Once a month, Howard’s father digs a fresh grave and brings ‘Harvest’ to his family.  The family cannot survive without human meat at regular intervals.  But, somehow, their secret is out and when Howard is not at home, the locals set his parents and his house on fire.  They think that Howard is dead in the house as well.  Howard goes to his grandmother, his only living relative, who barely survives.  His grandmother gives Howard a roof and food.  The duo become a team and help each other survive.  Now, his grandmother wants him to go to high school..the biggest risk and the most terrible thing ever.

What started as a cool horror novel ended up being one of the coolest contemporary reads.  Bullying and high school drama is so realistic that all kids who think of them as misfits will relate to it.  A real applause to the author for making this premise as unique as possible.  High school is a cliche, but not a ghoul in the high school.  That’s what has created much more interest to the book and had me rooted.

There has been some places where there are repetitions in the narration.  I think that could be solved with proper editing.  But, otherwise, this book is well worth the time and price you pay for it.

Well done!



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.


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