Book Review: Ghoul By Brian Keene

Book Review: Ghoul By Brian Keene

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An ancient monster terrorizes a small Pennsylvania town, but for the lives of three best friends, worst terrors lurk at home.

I regularly listen to The Horror Show with Brian Keene. One episode, Brian, Mary and Dave Thomas (not THAT Dave Thomas) answered questions from their Twitter audience. That is when I learned about how much Brian Keene used his own childhood and life experience to form the characters of this story, which later became a major motion picture. As I continue to study the art of writing, and sit at the feet of these pros who are not stingy when it comes to bringing up young authors, I knew in the very least, I could read their books and get a bigger glimpse into their craft.

I picked up Ghoul on audiobook (my first audiobook experience ever). With two- ten hour round trips to Kansas in my near future, I knew I would get bored of listening to the same top ten hits cycling on the radio. Narrated by Chet Williamson, it took no time for this story to come to life, giving a vivid look at childhood in the 80s. My 80s childhood was a bit less of a nightmare. However, nightmares are not in short supply after finishing this story.

Nostalgia and horror. Pop culture and personal demons. I found plenty of terror in this story that will keep me shuddering for a while. As a parent, it also gave me a sobering realization of how our actions, in the moment feeling justified, can mess up our kids for life.

Keene marries a horrifying fictional monster to the real-life monsters we unknowingly, or sometimes knowingly, see daily. I gave this chilling story of brotherhood and camaraderie between friends 5 stars on both Amazon and Goodreads.

Thank you, Brian Keene, for continuing to write despite your recent injuries. Thank you for pouring out your knowledge on us youngsters in the business. Rest, get well, then give em hell. Cheers!!


A mentor and friend, Brian Keene, was badly burned in a brush fire accident. He is a full-time novelist, freelance writer, father, and philanthropist. Just last month, he raised over $20k for a child with cancer, a mother and veteran with terminal cancer, and a little boy suffering from horrifying burns. As many freelance writers, Brian has no health insurance and is also out of commission with burns to his face, and second and third degree burns to his left arm. A GoFundMe has been started to help him and his family with medical bills and lost commissions. You can also support Mr. Keene by purchasing one of his many books, like Ghoul.


Dacia Arnold is an author that struggles to find a balance of work, motherhood, marriage, writing, and the occasional craft. Her first full length novel, Apparent Power, is in the works to be released December 2018. Dacia served 10 years in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and deployed twice to Iraq and often incorporates these experiences into her writings both fiction and non-fiction. She currently lives in Denver, Co with her husband, two children, and a fat beagle named Watson.

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