Professor Gargoyle (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School Series #1)

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“Two-headed monsters, giant tentacles, angry demons – Lovecraft Middle School is great creepy fun!”
–Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
 
Strange things are happening at Lovecraft Middle School. Rats are leaping from lockers. Students are disappearing.  The school library is a labyrinth of secret corridors. And the science teacher is acting very peculiar – in fact, he...

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Overview

“Two-headed monsters, giant tentacles, angry demons – Lovecraft Middle School is great creepy fun!”
–Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
 
Strange things are happening at Lovecraft Middle School. Rats are leaping from lockers. Students are disappearing.  The school library is a labyrinth of secret corridors. And the science teacher is acting very peculiar – in fact, he just might be a monster-in-disguise.  Twelve-year-old Robert Arthur knew that seventh grade was going to be weird, but this is ridiculous!
 
Professor Gargoyle (Volume I in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series) is full of bizarre beasts, strange mysteries, and nonstop adventure.  It's perfect for readers ages 10 and up. Best of all, the cover features a state-of-the-art “morphing” photo portrait – so you can personally witness the professor transforming into a monster.  You won't believe your eyes!
 
“Gilman's debut and series kick-off is great fun for fans of light horror. The changing image on the cover will snag interest, and the spookily realistic black-and-white illustrations throughout complete this slick, scary, funny package. [There are] delectable hints of age-appropriate, Lovecraftian Otherness...with none of the purple prose.” –Kirkus Reviews

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Publishers Weekly
The Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series launches with a story that pays tribute to the tentacled horrors from the imagination of H.P. Lovecraft. Seventh-grader Robert Arthur (nods to Heinlein and Clarke, perhaps?) is part of the first class to attend state-of-the-art Lovecraft Middle School; unfortunately for Robert, the only kid he knows is a bully from his old school, Glenn Torkells. It’s soon apparent that things at Lovecraft are not what they seem: a plague of rats freaks out the student body on the first day, and Robert discovers a mysterious attic in the school’s expansive library. When students start to disappear, Robert, Glenn, and Robert’s new friend Karina try to figure out what’s going on and what it has to do with surly science teacher Professor Garfield Goyle (the book’s eye-catching lenticular cover shows Goyle morphing from bearded teacher to red demon). Smith’s occasional b&w spot illustrations contribute to the otherworldly atmosphere; fans of Goosebumps and other lightly creepy fare will look forward to spending more time with a series that even manages to find the dark side of recycling. Ages 9–up. (Sept.)
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“Middle school memories won't be the same once you jump into Charles Gilman's Tales From Lovecraft Middle School series.”—Florida Times-Union

“The lenticular covers alone makes the Tales From Lovercraft Middle School books worth buying.  But the books are really good, too.”—Super Punch
 
“...highly entertaining...”—Horror News

“Ideal for middle schoolers or older, it's an action-packed paranormal treat, with lots of weird, unexplainable happenings."—Lansing State Journal

“This first entry in a series is a fun read...The mysteries of Lovecraft offer plenty of excitement, and reluctant readers will likely stick around to see just how this story ends.”—School Library Journal

Tales from Lovecraft Middle School is perfect for younger paranormal fans and a great way to have a good time that scares you just enough to keep the pages turning.”—BookSlut

“These books are hilarious and gross and charming and bizarre and, basically, totally entertaining.”—Ben H. Winters, author The Mystery of the Everything and The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman, a Bank Street Best Book of 2011 and an Edgar Award nominee

“Professor Gargoyle has all the hints and trappings of H.P.’s world, with a slight bit of danger, a good dosage of strange and peculiar monsters, and a great setting! We’ve all had a weird teacher during our years in school, so every young reader can totally identify with the first book in the series ... [And] the lenticular covers are amazing! ... I cannot imagine any kid walking by these books in the store or library and not picking it up for a closer look!”—Wired.com’s GeekDad
 
Spooky illustrations and a unique book cover add to the horror of the strange world of Lovecraft Middle School, and no self-respecting kid would want to miss enrolling in this exciting series.”—Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books & Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
 
“Author Charles Gilman spins a web that draws in the reader with plot twists that are occasionally jarring and alarming...”—Montreal Gazette
 
“If you liked Quirk’s earlier publication, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (and who didn’t?), you’ll gobble this one up. Or down. Whichever way a gobble goes.”—Asbury Park Press blog

“...fans of Goosebumps and other lightly creepy fare will look forward to spending more time with a series that even manages to find the dark side of recycling.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
Can unnameable forces of ancient evil be recycled? Eleven-year-old Robert Arthur has been redistricted. While his friends in Dunwich, Mass., attend Franklin Middle School, he has to attend Lovecraft Middle School. Lovecraft is brand new (though some fixtures and other building materials came from a demolished, possibly haunted local mansion), and everything in the school is state of the art, but Robert is totally alone…except for Glenn Torkells, who daily extorts a dweeb tax from Robert (just like he did all through elementary school). Strange occurrences start on day one, when every student finds a rat in their locker. A trip to the school library lands Robert in a strange, dusty attic, where he acquires a two-headed stowaway in his backpack. Pip and Squeak (the polycephalic rat) infuriates the science teacher, Professor Garfield Goyle, who turns out to be much more (scary) than he at first appears. Can Robert and his new friend Karina solve enough of the mysteries surrounding their school to survive? Gilman's debut and series kick-off will be great fun for fans of light horror. The changing image on the cover will snag interest, and the spookily realistic black-and-white illustrations throughout complete this slick, scary, funny package. Delectable hints of age-appropriate, Lovecraftian Otherness…with none of the purple prose. (Humorous horror. 9-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—It's the first day of school for Robert Arthur. Lovecraft Middle School is housed in a brand-new building with a vast library, a state-of-the-art technology lab, and quite a few secrets. The first secret it reveals, unfortunately, is that Robert's childhood nemesis, Glenn Torkells, is there, but all of his friends have been sent to another school. After the day begins with an unexpected surprise in the student lockers, Robert arrives in science class and meets Professor Garfield Goyle, the strangest teacher he has ever had. When he finds the last (and greatest) of Lovecraft's secrets in the attic of the library, the truth behind the school emerges and Robert and his new ally, none other than Glenn Torkells, must join forces with an unlikely group of kids to battle the ghosts of the past that lurk in the shadows. This first entry in a series is a fun read and leaves readers guessing about what may come next. Occasional pencil illustrations complement the story quite well. The mysteries of Lovecraft offer plenty of excitement, and reluctant readers will likely stick around to see just how this story ends.Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Library, Houston, TX
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Meet the Author

Charles Gilman is an alias of Jason Rekulak, an editor who lives in Philadelphia with his wife and children. When he's not dreaming up new tales of Lovecraft Middle School, he's biking along the fetid banks of the Schuylkill River, in search of two-headed rats and other horrific beasts. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Fantabulous

    So good. Im really into paranormal stuff so it was something i really enjoyed

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

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    Creepy, funny, and a great time. That's exactly what reading Pro

    Creepy, funny, and a great time. That's exactly what reading Professor Gargoyle gave me. Robert moves into a new middle school, and it happens to be a weird school for sure. Strange things keep on happening, and Robert keeps on experiencing weird stuff everyday. Robert was a very interesting character. True, he wasn't a strong character, he never stood up against his childhood bully, but he was a smart character indeed. Professor Gargoyle, the science teacher, is one weird man. Professor Gargoyle never answers the students, and even tells them that their questions are stupid. When one day Robert finds a two headed rat he decides to keep as a pet, something happens with Professor Gargoyle.
    As the story goes on, Robert learns the true identity of Professor Gargoyle with the help of some new (shocking) friends. The journey of destroying Professor Gargoyle goes on, but does not end that easily. Before picking this one up, a lot of people have told me that it was very "scary". I was pretty disappointed because for me, it was not scary one bit. I was hoping for more creepiness, but since this is a middle grade book, I understand why they had to limit their creepiness at a certain extent. I really loved that there were some full page illustrations between the pages. It's always fun to see art in books. 
    Overall, this was a great book, maybe not for young adult readers, but I'm sure younger kids would love this very much. I really liked the ending, and I can't wait to find out what happens next in Robert's journey with his friends. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    k

    to weird of a plot

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    This book took me back to reading stories like The Witches by Ro

    This book took me back to reading stories like The Witches by Roald Dahl. It was a little twisted, dark and amazingly fun and imaginative.

    Robert is in an area of town that has been re-districted, and now he has to attend the new school, Lovecraft Middle School. He's pretty shy and once he gets to school we can see that he is bullied. That's right, how lucky is he to have his bully reassigned to the new school as well.

    His teachers and the whole feeling of his new school feel off, and he's never felt completely comfortable. But when a girl befriends him and he soon discovers a two headed rat he takes on as a pet. His life begins to feel more comfortable.

    That is, until he notices some dark and very strange things about his professor, Mr Goyle.
    Not only are the staff at the school acting shady, but the school itself seems to be hiding secrets of it's own.

    When Robert finds a stairway in the library that leads to a hidden attic, things begin to really unravel and creatures from different worlds will soon change his life forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Ummm

    It was OK. BUT YOU SHOULD NOT PAY ELEVEN DOLLARS FOR THIS.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    Professor Gargoyle is an incomparable middle grade read - and fo

    Professor Gargoyle is an incomparable middle grade read - and fortunately  the beginning of what is sure to be an invaluable and exemplary series. Personally, I think it's a great idea to introduce younger readers to all sorts of books - and a middle grade take on Lovecraftian horror serves up plenty of fun with some shocking and creepy twist.




    Reasons to Read:




    1. Fun horror - but not conventional horror:




    I appreciate Lovecraft-inspired stories because it's exactly the kind of horror I really enjoy. This isn't what most of us are used to, and for anyone concerned about nightmares or gore, you don't need to be when it comes to Professor Gargoyle. It's shocking at times and a bit twisted and it's just enough to give you some creepy tingling in your spine but nothing that's over the top or gratuitous. Honestly, some of the creepier parts of the story are positively BRILLIANT.




    2. Appropriate illustrations for the story:




    A good illustration is not only pleasing to the eye but it actually enhances the reading experience as well. Eugene Smith is remarkable with illustrations that combine the needs of both a middle grade book and one that has some scarier aspects to the plot. The lenticular cover is also a great way to really get a feel for the book and I think it adds to the overall experience.




    3. One of the most creative and thrilling middle grade books I've read:




    The story is fast-paced, and totally bursting with creativity. I enjoyed the few nods to typical Lovecraftian adventures and creatures. But placing these in a younger setting is going to hold a lot of appeal with younger readers looking for something more uncommon, and for older readers both those who are familiar with horror a la Lovecraft and those who are completely new to it and would just like a taste. I adored the haunted school as a setting, and Karina is one character that I found particularly intriguing. 




    I wish there had been a bit more depth to the story overall though. I think a bit more could have been added to the plot to give it more meaning and significance, although this may be addressed later on in later books from the series as overarching themes and ideas are addressed.




    It really is something that is great for readers looking for something besides the standard paranormal or contemporary books out there.




    Review copy received from Quirk Books/Random House Canada for review; no other compensation was received. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Bleh!

    Horrid

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

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    Professor Gargoyle Tales From Lovecraft Middle School Book One B

    Professor Gargoyle
    Tales From Lovecraft Middle School Book One
    By Charles Gilman

    Robert Arthur’s neighborhood has been redistricted so now Robert will be starting middle school at the new state of the art school Lovecraft Middle School. To add to his misfortune of starting a new school the one person he recognizes from elementary is his long time bully, Glenn, having to deal with Glenn after so many years may not be so bad, but when a cute girl comes up asks if you are ok, well for a teenage boy life just gets worse from there. But soon Robert will make one or two new friends depending on how you count the two headed rat he finds in the Attic above the library, and this is just the beginning of Robert’s adventures at Lovecraft Middle School.

    Where do I start with this novel? Ok, how about the obvious, the cover. My favorite part of having the cover transform from a solemn looking man to a smiling red skinned yellow eyed “gargoyle” is not telling anyone about it. For example I was in the middle of moving from Germany back to the U.S. when I was trying to receive this book so I had it sent to my mother, I am on the phone with her right after she receives it and she is telling me she is going to open it. Well, there is no arguing with my mother, so the next thing I hear is “Oh, Shoot!” to which I calmly reply “Oh, you saw the cover?” Not only does the cover provide hours of fun but when you add onto this fact that the novel itself is full of twists and turns at every step, you start with an average kid trying to survive school add in a two headed rat and the fun is exponential. Then the book is rounded off by amazing illustrations making this a book that is truly fun for all ages.
    I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 27, 2012

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    Monsters and mayhem at Lovecraft Middle School

    Professor Gargoyle was just too much fun. As soon as I picked up the book and watched an average-looking professor morph into a sneering horned monster, I knew I was going to love it. After seeing that, I tore this book open and devoured Robert's story like a gargoyle devours small mammals. The synopsis doesn't reveal too much about the plot, which is good, because you get to learn all Lovecraft Middle School's secrets along with Robert. It's a brand new school, but it seems to have some alarming quirks, and its secrets get darker and more dangerous as the story goes on. Robert Arthur's the only one out of all his old friends that has to go to Lovecraft, except for the bully that's been picking on him for years, Glenn Torkells. Robert does meet a new friend quickly though - Karina Ortiz, a pretty awesome skateboarding girl who seems to know some of Lovecraft's secrets already. And later he meets two new friends, Pip and Squeak, in the form of a two-headed rat. While Pip and Squeak never say a word, they have a lot of personality and they help Robert out of some unusual situations. I tore through Professor Gargoyle in two days. The action keeps you flipping pages as hints are dropped one by one about what might really be going on at Lovecraft Middle School. Gilman writes with enough detail to let you picture the whole scene in your mind, without slowing down the action with lengthy descriptions. There is some great character development and it all ends with a thrilling journey into the heart of Lovecraft Middle School to try and figure out exactly what is going on here. If Professor Gargoyle is any indicator, the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series is going to be as exciting and un-put-downable as the Harry Potter series, but set in its own unique world with its own unique storytelling. It's definitely not a Harry Potter wannabe; it's an adventure all its own. Middle grade readers and older readers who like their paranormal stories full of monsters and mayhem will love Professor Gargoyle. My ARC included a cover from the next book in the series, The Slither Sisters, which transforms innocent-looking twins into snake-haired monsters. Can't wait to read it! Gotta find out where those girls have been! { I received an ARC for free through Early Reviewers on LibraryThing. Review also posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook. }

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