REVIEW: THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue
A subtly and cleverly frightening novel, THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS is an engrossing exercise in literary horror. I finished uncertain which more frightened me, the paranormal aspects or the ten-year-old boy who manifested them. Remember in THE TURN OF THE SCREW and in FIRESTARTER, it is the children who are both catalyst and fulcrum. So it is here, as a difficult personalities expands beyond consensus reality and prepares a portal for access of horrors. An additional level of the story involves a pair of declining marriages, the crux of one child with Asperger' s Syndrome and another with the weight of crushing guilt. The priest and his housekeeper are precious characters: one embodying "rational" faith, the other an elderly autistic who witnesses ghosts.