"This is juicy material for Franken-fans"
Booklist (starred review)
WBUR Best Books of 2012
"a rich and fun response to Shelley's classic"
Dave Zeltserman is the author of fourteen novels. His
short mystery fiction has won the Shamus, Derringer and Ellery Queen's Readers
Choice awards. His crime thrillers, Small Crimes and Pariah,
both made the Washington Post's best books of the year list in 2008 and
2009, respectively, and Small
Crimes was selected by NPR as one of the 5 best crime and mystery novels of
His horror novel, The Caretaker of Lorne Field, was shortlisted by
the American Library Association for best horror novel of 2010 and was also
a Black Quill nominee for best dark genre book of the year. His
Frankenstein-retelling, Monster, was named one of the best books of
the year by WBUR and as a top 10 horror novel of the year by Booklist.
Three of his novels have been optioned for film.
Available now: The Boy Who Killed
“My name’s Henry Dudlow. I’m fifteen and a
half. And I’m cursed. Or damned. Take your pick. The reason? I see
So begins the latest novel by horror
master Dave Zeltserman. The setting is quiet Newton, Massachussetts,
where nothing ever happens. Nothing, that is, until two months after
Henry Dudlow’s 13th birthday, when his neighbor, Mr. Hanley,
suddenly starts to look . . . different. While everyone else sees a
balding man with a beer belly, Henry suddenly sees a nasty, bilious,
Once Henry catches
onto the real Mr. Hanley, he starts to see demons all around him,
and his boring, adolescent life is transformed. There’s no more time
for friends or sports or the lovely Sally Freeman—instead Henry must
work his way through ancient texts and hunt down the demons before
they steal any more innocent children. And if hunting demons is hard
at any age, it’s borderline impossible when your parents are on your
case, and your grades are getting worse, and you can’t tell anyone
about your chosen mission.
"readers will fully believe
in both the madness and the greatness of his tragic young hero"