The Goatman by Jeff Fuell (Review by Valerie – #NerdGirlVal)


Title: The Goatman

Author:  Jeff Fuell 

Published Date: June 9th 2011

Genre: Young Adult/Adventure/Horror/Thriller/Suspense/Humor


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In the summer of 1983, a young teen named Danny Brent and his two best friends share good times and special moments while enjoying that unique magic of childhood, an all too brief time when anything seemed possible. They also share a chilling adventure that bonds them together well into adulthood. Now, for the first time in almost thirty years, Danny is sharing his secret about what really happened, the story about his brief encounter with the Goatman – a legendary creature that exists on the outskirts of town in a haunted area called Goatman’s, how he saved his life, and what happens afterwards. From the author: “The Goatman” is very much inspired by Stephen King’s “The Body,” which was then made into the brilliant film “Stand By Me.” I wanted to capture the essence of what it was like to be a young boy and growing up, spending time with your best friends, a magical time when every day was an adventure and anything seemed possible. Also, “Goatman’s” is based on a real place just outside the city limits of Corpus Christi.


***Contains mention of Child Abuse – Caution Advised***
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***Valerie  – #NerdGirlVal’s  Review***
This story was fantastic! Jeff Fuell is an amazing author and it shows right here with this story. He mad it so real to life and believable, I felt like I was a part of his childhood story being told by Dan. He held my attention with a curious mind to see what will happen next. I really loved all the reference’s to the songs , movies and tv shows of the 80’s. I loved MTV back then!
Three friends, Dan, Keith and Amelia, set out to the Goatman’s place for some adventure and to look around. It is a very long bike ride to get there, but they were having fun on this summer day. They had lunch by the pond with the ducks and was enjoying themselves. Along came a truck down the road and they hid. This place was abandoned a long time ago, so why would somebody be coming here? The truck stopped by where they were hiding and they heard the voice of a very frightened child coming from the truck bed. Now kids have been going missing for a few months now from their neighborhood, so they thought they should follow the truck and see if the rest of the kids are there.
This takes them into a dangerous territory and a strange child like man. Their adventure took off and they found themselves in the middle of something they just may regret. Hard work, staying alive, escaping and running for help doesn’t even cover what they went through. Along with a flying bat, putting a car in the ditch and a half man/ half goat that saved Dan’s life.
I loved the story line and if it is a true story or not, I felt like it was while reading it. Childhood memories are always the best stories and this one is just that, a must read book.


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