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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Kraus Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9780385368360
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The demon offspring of Stephen King’s The Shining and Hitchcock’s Psycho. Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone and BZRK
  • A memorable, brutal assault on the senses, not for the fainthearted or delicate. Publishers Weekly
  • This book has the pacing of a Stephen King movie, and it never lets up in its gruesomeness. School Library Journal
  • “Connoisseurs of the grotesque have come to the right place, as Kraus’ impeccable sense of thriller timing spins out the terror. The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
  • “A Midwestern gothic family saga that will hook readers. Kirkus Reviews
  • “So unrelentingly bleak, it stretches the very definition of YA horror. Bloody-Disgusting.com
  • Daniel Kraus writes raw and deft and dangerous. Consider yourself warned. Adele Griffin, two-time National Book Award finalist
  • A boldly visceral coming-of-age story that explores the darkest spaces in family life and the shocking resilience of the human psyche. Booklist
  • “Marvin [Burke] is one of the great monsters of literature, a figure of immense, credible terror and savagery. Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother and coeditor of Boing Boing

  • Scowler is dark, poetic, and challenging. Rue-Morgue.com
  • For lovers of dark thrillers and horror narratives, Scowler is one crazy roller-coaster ride. Portland Book Review
  • “Bound to scare up many jaw-dropping reactions. Chicago Tribune
  • A Tayshas Reading List Selection
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • “Daniel Kraus writes raw and deft and dangerous. Consider yourself warned.”

    Adele Griffin, two-time National Book Award Finalist and author of All You Never Wanted

  • “Marvin Burke is one of the great monsters of literature—a figure of immense, credible terror and savagery.”

    Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Homeland

  • “Ry’s desperate journey into manhood is gripping, with Kraus skillfully amplifying a sense of tension and claustrophobia.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A midwestern gothic family saga that will hook readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Kraus’ masterful raising-of-stakes makes this into the sort of disaster you can’t possibly look away from.”


  • “A hard-edged tale of teenage survival, told with a grim-faced respect for the real life horrors that lurk behind closed doors.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2014 ALA Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
  • A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Youth
  • A 2014 YALSA Pick for Best Audiobook
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About the Author
Author Daniel Kraus

Daniel Kraus, writer, editor, and filmmaker, is the acclaimed author of The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volumes One and Two, The Monster Variations, Rotter, and Scowler. With filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, he wrote Trollhunters.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is an American musician, actor, and multiple award–winning audiobook narrator. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in economics, he received critical acclaim for his starring role in the award-winning World War II drama Saints and Soldiers. He has starred in many feature films and national commercials and has appeared on Everwood and Free Ride. In addition, he can frequently be found touring the country with his singing and songwriting act.