19 Oct 2015

American Ghoul by Walt Morton

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American Ghoul 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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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
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Can you explain what it is that inspires you to write YA dark fantasy? Is there something in particular that inspired this book?

Walt Morton:
Dark fantasy is simply one of my favorite genres. For many years I’ve enjoyed reading books by Neil Gaiman, Steven King, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice, and other contemporary writers who tell this kind of story. When I was a boy, I was fascinated by H.P. Lovecraft and I liked Weird Tales as well as the horror-centric Eerie and Creepy comic magazines from the 1970’s. In college I read a lot of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. People remember Hawthorne for “The Scarlet Letter” if they know his name at all, but he wrote some incredibly strange stories like "Rappaccini's Daughter" (1844) and "The Birth-Mark" (1843). So long before I wrote my book AMERICAN GHOUL I was aware many, many writers had written this kind of “weird” story going back quite a long time. When people think of the horror story, what usually comes to mind as a “classic” is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but there is a much bigger and wider history of strange tales, ghost stories, and other odd tales about different kinds of frightening creatures. And currently, we’ve had a resurgence of interest in stories about these weird creatures, whether it’s in the world of Harry Potter or Twilight’s vampires or undead zombies. Probably what particularly inspired me to write my novel was the idea that even though I had read a lot of different stories about vampires, werewolves, witches, and more, I had never read a good story about a ghoul. People know the word ghoul, and to English-speakers it basically means a grave-robber. Originally the word “ghul” was an evil spirit in Arabian mythology, associated with graveyards and consuming human flesh. So this idea of a ghoul as a monster has been floating around our culture for at least 1,000 years, and I thought I’d like to write a realistic story about what it would be like to be a ghoul, and to live as a ghoul in the modern world. I saw that it would be difficult, and dangerous, and horrible to have to feed off human bodies, but there could be some awkward and humorous aspects to it as well. Really, it was the idea of rebooting a classic ancient mythical monster, the ghoul, into an exciting modern tale that drove me to write my novel, AMERICAN GHOUL.

Walt Morton

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.Website | Twitter @WaltMort

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