Synopses & Reviews
A devil is a bad influence . . . There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Maxs choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food — and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high. With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out. Gina Damico, author of the Croak series, once again delivers all the horror, hilarity, and high-stakes drama that any kid in high school or hell could ever handle.
"This novel is unapologetically funny. The snarky Burg (impeccably developed as a narcissistic ass with a tiny sliver’s worth of heart of gold), Max’s tendency to catch things one step too late but with wry humor, and the absurd piling on of events all work to make a quite amusing, if very dark, novel. Fans of Damico’s Croak trilogy will be right at home with the author’s emphasis on grim topics made sardonic, and horror buffs in general will find plenty of scary undertones to this multi-layered plot." Bulletin
"Damico's blend of bleak humor and harsh reality lends itself well to Max's social awkwardness and Lore's biting cynicism, while Burg is outrageously appalling." Publisher's Weekly
"Damico draws readers into this quirky novel with well-written prose, believable characters, and an evenly plotted story line. . . . It will appeal to teens who enjoy literary works with some humor and an exploration of the nature of evil." School Library Journal
"Damico, who explored the lives of teenage grim reapers in her Croak trilogy, writes with wry wit and constant dark humor. She mixes in a bit of possible romance . . . also to great comic effect. Hilarious—all the way through." Kirkus, (starred review)
Max Kilgore has accidentally unleashed a devil—and now the big, evil oaf is living in his basement. If Max doesn't meet the devil's demands (which include providing unlimited junk food and a hot tub), everyone and everything he holds dear could go up in smoke. Beetlejuice meets Hellboy in this hilarious YA novel from the author of Croak.
Humiliation in the face of the opposite gender was an unfortunate plague he'd simply had to get used to, like high milk prices, or the continued existence of the Kardashians.
Seventeen-year-old Max Kilgore has a name that makes him sound cooler than he really is. He's always been a geeky, squeaky-clean kid . . . until the day he commits a minor theft. This misdeed summons a devil to Max's basement, and the TV-watching, junk-food-crazy red guy won't leave until his demands are met. Max makes a deal with the devil to save his sick mother, but it looks like all the Cheetos in the world wont keep the malicious fiend from hurting people Max loves. How can he get rid of the guy without incurring the wrath of hell?
About the Author
Gina Damico is the author of Hellhole, as well as the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy. She has also dabbled as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. A native of Syracuse, New York, she now lives outside Boston with her husband, two cats, one dog, and an obscene amount of weird things purchased from yard sales. Visit her website at www.ginadami.co.