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American Ghoul

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  118 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
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 schoo ...more
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published November 28th 2012 by Walt Morton; 1 edition
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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 in
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
American Ghoul was a very interesting story with memorable, well-written characters.

Normally, when I think about a ghoul, I think of a dirty, nasty creature that ravages cemeteries to pick the bones of the dead. Howard and his family are ghouls, but not in the traditional sense. They rob graves occasionally to have what they call a Harvest once a month to get the nutrients, hormones, etc...that ghouls aren't born with. Without the Harvest they would become very sick and possibly die. To look at
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
American Ghoul was a book that absolutely blew me away. It was so different than what I expected and really read very similar to a contemporary novel, but in the 70's and with a ghoul who ate humans. Dead ones. So don't worry, no murdering happening. ;)

Howard is a fun character. And really quite funny. Or I guess the situations he gets into and the people he's with are funny. I did a lot of laughing when reading this book! I also liked how he struggled to be his ghoul self and how he had to fin
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

American Ghoul is the COOLEST Zombie I have read. I usually don't read Zombie books but I really enjoyed the cover on this one and this one is very different because it has real everyday issues the main character Howard has to face. So with this in mind I decided to read it and I am so glad I did. It is a fast paced read and when the end comes you will not even realize it. I kept checking my Kindle thinking I missed something but no I did n
Douglas Castagna
I had little hopes of liking this title, I hoped it would be different and thought it would be some whiny memoir based story of oh the protagonist being sanguine about his plight for two hundred plus pages. However, after a few pages in, I was happy to discover that was not the case. The story follows Howard "Don't call me Howie" Pickman as he grows up and comes to terms being a ghoul. The story is set amidst the seventies, and it is a refreshing story that could be of an average American boy, b ...more
P. Kirby
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, self-published, ya
3.5 stars.

Howard Pickman, teenage ghoul, on funerals:

It's crazy. You gotta wonder: who is this all for? The deceased don't care about the pageantry because they are either in heaven, hell, a new reincarnation, or no place at all. And the family is so wracked with grief that they barely pay attention. So the answer is simple: all this pomp supports the church and funeral industry who are out to make as much money as possible.

It ain't easy being a ghoul. I mean it's not like people appreciate the
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In ‘American Ghoul’ we meet Seventeen-year-old Howard Pickman. Howard Pickman seems to be a normal teenager on the outside, but Howard is a Ghoul and his family has been digging up corpses for a long time to survive.
When Howard’s parents are killed after people found out they were Ghouls, the only person Howard can turn to is his grandmother. Soon Howard is not only getting used to his new life as a Ghoul with his grandmother, but he is also send to attend high school. Being a teenager is hard
Elizabeth Jane
How does this not have 5 star reviews across the board?! This book is now one of my favorites. I am so sad it's over! Howard is a serious yet lovable character who draws you quickly into his ghoul world. Amidst the morbidity and gruesome scenes, Howard remains a rock of human character (even though he's a ghoul). I thought I might feel squeamish reading about human-eating but I was just strangely curious. This story really makes you wonder if those "myths" might actually be true. Even though it ...more
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ghoulishly Imaginative and Fun!
This is my first read by this author so I wasn't sure what exactly to expect, but when I read the blurb, I knew I had to read this book. The author has done a fantastic job with this book. He has a real talent for grabbing you and keeping you turning the pages. His imaginations are exceptional and very unique, and it really shows in the read. I have to admit that I have read very little in the way of ghoul and zombie reads, but this book makes me want to search mor
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't like horror stories, and this really doesn't count as one. It's more of a coming of age story with the extra zaniness of being a ghoul thrown in. This isn't a paranormal story where the protagonist has super powers, or has a soul mate, or saves the world. It's a guy trying to make it out of high school alive while having to occasionally eat dead people. Although the story is relationship driven, it isn't driven by romantic relationships. Family relationships--Harold and his father and mo ...more
Alison DeLuca
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, memoir, teen-lit
American Ghoul was a wonderful surprise. Steeped in Seventies music and atmosphere, reading this was like opening an old Yearbook except one filled with flesh-eating ghouls and would-be punk rock band dudes. The M/C discovers he is a ghoul and, as a result, has to consume human flesh. This involves digging up dead bodies and butchering them.

Sounds great, right? Imagine trying to be a teen boy on top of it all - it's tough to date the girl you like when your ghoulish grandma keeps eating all the
Luka Novak
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, humour
This book is surprisingly good. I didn't have high hopes going in and it starts a bit slow. But around third way it really picks up and comes in focus.

Being a book about ghouls written in first person I expected some quirky homour and book delivers. From robbing graves to navigating high school, from being in a punk band to romance book manages to be funny without being corny or over the top.

Morton's ghouls never apologise for what they are nor do they seek understanding. They just are what they
Elaine Radley
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Unique twist on a coming-of-age story. Perhaps a tad overlong, but enjoyable as we follow along with Howard as he deals with the usual teenage angst and the extra pressure of keeping his secret safe. Recommended.
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a really good book.. ODD and not my normal genre but I enjoyed the read.
Lynda E Wagner
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very entertaining

Very good twists lots of fun to read boy meets girl, joins a band, loved the ending. I would definitely read more from this author
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good read

this was a really fun book too read. kept my interest throughout the whole book. give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
Sawney Hatton
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Appropriately grisly in its life-of-a-ghoul scenes, compellingly realistic in its coming-of-age narrative. An entertaining read.
Miss Liv
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This wasn't really a horror story but I enjoyed it was very well-written.
Stephen Dalton
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book starts out a little slow as the author gives us the background, but once he’s finished giving us the background information, which doesn’t take long, the action starts and doesn’t stop throughout the book.
We all know how difficult it is to be a teenager with raging hormones, boring classes, and tormenting bullies, but imagine watching your parents burnt to death, as you narrowly escape with your life because your father told the vigilante crowd you were in the house sleeping as it is bu
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Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was wary when I started. Zombie books aren’t a thing for me. But this is about ghouls so I cautiously grabbed this one. I was wrong to be wary. This was interesting, wonderful and a great way to begin my countdown to Halloween.

the characters are humorous, sarcastic and real. It’s refreshing to read a teenage tale that is not mired with drama on normal teenage angst. The writing style is that of a journal but in gothic stylings. This is Howard’s tale. His life from the time he had tragedy hit u
Kay Kuever
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, ebook
I'm usually not the type of person to feel lost for words; in fact, I'm more accurately the type of person that has too many things to say about most topics. However, when it comes to the case of American Ghoul, I fear that my words may not be enough to express the true nature for how I felt reading this book.

To say that I enjoyed American Ghoul is a complete understatement. I consumed this book like my very livelihood depended on it. I'm actually having such a hard time even forming this review
Elicia Cheah
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This book changed my view of the 70's. It really did. Trust me.

Howard Pickman has a secret. A secret that burned his parents to death and caused him to be homeless.

He's a ghoul. If you're wondering, no he's not a GHOST. There's a difference between those two. Ghouls are grave robbers that feast on the meat on the newly dead. He can't stop doing it even though he wants to so guys quit your 'ewws' and your views of t
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Humor, Horror & Punk Rock

I want to say upfront that I usually shy away from YA and coming of age novels as a rule because the new crop of writers are churning out such crap fiction that it hurts to read it. American Ghoul enticed me with the description, so I took a chance. It was such a great decision!

American Ghoul is a satirical romp through the late seventies, with loving dashes of humor, Horror and punk rock delivered in a thoroughly credible and witty manner. The protagonist, Howard,
Crystal Rafuse
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Lots of mixed feelings about this one. I became interested in it because I was hoping to see a creative take on a mythological creature trying to survive in a modern setting, but I felt it focused more on the drama that goes on when bullying and drugs begin taking over teen’s lives.

I liked the analogy Howard comes up with to describe horror fans- people are usually drawn more to monsters or slashers. I’m definitely a monster fan. My favorite parts of the book focused on the dangerous, awkward,
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
To revert to 70s lingo, this book cracked me up. If you're in the mood for an unusual romp and an easy read, give this book a shot. Once I survived the first harvesting story and realized that was the worst of the blood and guts, I was able to relax and laugh about awkward high school experiences, life in the 1970s, and my first experience with ghouls. Thank you, Ginny, for sharing your talented family with me.
Annette Jordan
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this much more than I was expecting to, interesting take on paranormal fiction with a focus on how hard it is to fit into every day life - fantasy fiction that felt very real, with a nice 70's setting
Kathleen K. Parker
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Great Read

What a clever story and a very interesting coming of age tale!
I hope Walt Morton will write again about this wonderful ghoul!

Rebecca Trotter
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Coming-of-age, 1970s, grave robbing, punk rock, good vs evil, and the Ramones all swirled together by an excellent story teller.
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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 the macabre
via photography, film, painting and writing. Walt has lectured at the
British Film Institute and studied intensively in five martial arts.
AMERICAN GHOUL is his first of a planned sextet of book
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