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The old, dead oak tree in Benny Billings’ front yard had been irrationally feared for years because of its rumored, haunted history - which makes it the perfect place to showcase his latest D.I.Y. Halloween project...an ominous scarecrow decoration. However, tragedy strikes that evening, leaving many victims of emotional distress, remorse, and death. More than a year has no The old, dead oak tree in Benny Billings’ front yard had been irrationally feared for years because of its rumored, haunted history - which makes it the perfect place to showcase his latest D.I.Y. Halloween project...an ominous scarecrow decoration. However, tragedy strikes that evening, leaving many victims of emotional distress, remorse, and death. More than a year has now passed, and as the people who were there that night continue to cope with its horrific events, the scarecrow - who remains in front of the tree, serving as a selfish and morbid memorial - comes alive. Is there someone who has an evil and deadly agenda stalking the neighborhood during the cold nights? Or is there more truth to the rumored “haunted grounds” in which the scarecrow now stands? As the bodies begin to pile up, the shocking and horrifying truth will be revealed.


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The old, dead oak tree in Benny Billings’ front yard had been irrationally feared for years because of its rumored, haunted history - which makes it the perfect place to showcase his latest D.I.Y. Halloween project...an ominous scarecrow decoration. However, tragedy strikes that evening, leaving many victims of emotional distress, remorse, and death. More than a year has no The old, dead oak tree in Benny Billings’ front yard had been irrationally feared for years because of its rumored, haunted history - which makes it the perfect place to showcase his latest D.I.Y. Halloween project...an ominous scarecrow decoration. However, tragedy strikes that evening, leaving many victims of emotional distress, remorse, and death. More than a year has now passed, and as the people who were there that night continue to cope with its horrific events, the scarecrow - who remains in front of the tree, serving as a selfish and morbid memorial - comes alive. Is there someone who has an evil and deadly agenda stalking the neighborhood during the cold nights? Or is there more truth to the rumored “haunted grounds” in which the scarecrow now stands? As the bodies begin to pile up, the shocking and horrifying truth will be revealed.

24 review for Killer Scarecrow

  1. 4 out of 5

    The Coycaterpillar Reads

    Dark and haunting. Killer scarecrow is multi-faceted and strips the layers back of the human condition. It is certainly a brilliant example of deciphering logic from trauma. Our ability to cope and compartmentalize grief. It is an intelligent and fascinating novella on several levels. It is a deeply unsettling story that investigates the fragility of life, childhood trauma and the complexity of relationships. The horror is real – no not the idea of a Killer Scarecrow but the horror of death and Dark and haunting. Killer scarecrow is multi-faceted and strips the layers back of the human condition. It is certainly a brilliant example of deciphering logic from trauma. Our ability to cope and compartmentalize grief. It is an intelligent and fascinating novella on several levels. It is a deeply unsettling story that investigates the fragility of life, childhood trauma and the complexity of relationships. The horror is real – no not the idea of a Killer Scarecrow but the horror of death and the consequences for those left behind. A scarecrow in the yard is all that remains of Benny Billings so why does Cash feel like his best friends last act is haunting him? The prologue to Killer Scarecrow really hits you between the eyes. Its an auspicious enough start but it very quickly gains traction and the evil and malevolence jumps to the fore. Imagine a deer running out in front of your car on a dark country road…its sudden and nerve jangling. Benny Billings experiences things that many young adults go through- fitting in socially and the ever-present threat of bullies. Urban myths are recurring theme, and the two friends decide to erect the Halloween scarecrow in his yard next to the supposed haunted tree… Back and forward exchanges between Benny and the bullies’ results in a fatal accident with reverberating consequences for all involved. Benny is dead and his father, Gary is catastrophically wounded, now being left paralyzed. Meanwhile Cash, the bullies and the unassuming scarecrow are shocked bystanders. The scarecrow is the innocent party until of course, it isn’t. Multiple POV’s clash together and its like watching the beauty and destructive nature of a supernova. The story had many layers of tragedy and a compelling storytelling that I was unwilling to have my kindle prized out of my greedy little hands! Killer Scarecrow transported me back in time, I was a young reader of stories like fear street, Goosebumps and Shivers. It had a little bit of everything. The Setting, The protagonists. The horror. It tallied up to an experience. I felt like I was living and breathing the story. I felt the fear. I felt the worry. Killer Scarecrow gave me horrific joy! I enjoyed Scott Donnelly’s powerful way of telling a story. The drama. The powerful edge. The narrative. It made for a heady mix for both young and mature readers alike. I must give kudos to Donnelly for the way in which he wrote and described mental health. It was realistic and done with class and respect. It was realistic and brought yet more authenticity to the storyline, something many authors struggle to get right. Killer Scarecrow has all the right elements to keep the reader enthralled. The storytelling is so satisfying you can feel it bone deep.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Cash and Benny are best friends. Benny loves Halloween and pours his soul into a very creepy scarecrow to display for the season, ready to spook all who witness it. Then things take a terrible turn when an accident befalls Benny and his father Gary in their yard, and the lives of all who were present that night are changed drastically. The scarecrow is a bystander in it all, until it isn't. This story has touching moments between young friends, and affective writing that keeps you engaged and wo Cash and Benny are best friends. Benny loves Halloween and pours his soul into a very creepy scarecrow to display for the season, ready to spook all who witness it. Then things take a terrible turn when an accident befalls Benny and his father Gary in their yard, and the lives of all who were present that night are changed drastically. The scarecrow is a bystander in it all, until it isn't. This story has touching moments between young friends, and affective writing that keeps you engaged and wondering what might supervene. I enjoyed the personal backgrounds behind all of the characters because many were painful and I could empathize with them. I spent a lot of time guessing what was going on with the antagonist and who might be behind the mask, so to speak. Scott Donnelly certainly knows how to lead the reader off in various directions to keep up the speculation. The book was truly a quick read, but the feelings I was left with have yet to dissipate. I ruminated over loss, right and wrong, and how deeply friendships can take root. I ached for all parties involved and was particularly haunted by the concept of a non-human item being brought to life under such special circumstances. It is a bit hard to explain, but when you read it, you'll understand that there are some very strong emotions associated with how it all comes together in the end. I recommend that you take a few hours out of your life to give Scott Donnelly a try. A big thank you to Scott Donnelly for providing Horrorbound.net with a copy of "Killer Scarecrow" which is going to be available to all on March 20th, 2021!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dixie

    this book had everything. good plot, characters. Drama, funny, sad. it was an awesome book by a new author for me

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to the author for providing a digital copy of Killer Scarecrow in exchange for an honest review. Please keep in mind that I read a second draft of this, not the final product. Killer Scarecrow is a fast, goosebumps-for-bigger-kids type of story full of quirky protagonists, cheesy humour, and twists and turns. It's fun for a quick Halloween read, but I do think the narration is a bit too heavy-handed. I know the show don't tell thing isn't as important in mysteries or horror because sometim Thanks to the author for providing a digital copy of Killer Scarecrow in exchange for an honest review. Please keep in mind that I read a second draft of this, not the final product. Killer Scarecrow is a fast, goosebumps-for-bigger-kids type of story full of quirky protagonists, cheesy humour, and twists and turns. It's fun for a quick Halloween read, but I do think the narration is a bit too heavy-handed. I know the show don't tell thing isn't as important in mysteries or horror because sometimes a more blunt narration style fits those genres better, but Killer Scarecrow's plot is driven mostly by the characters' relationships and emotions so I think it would have benefitted from a more personable narration style to help readers connect to the characters better.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Scarecrows are pretty creepy. Something about them, the fact that they're almost human but not quite, makes them incredibly eerie. I loved the episode of Supernatural with the murderous scarecrow, and the low budget 80's horror movie, Scarecrows always creeped me out as a kid. So when Scott Donnelly asked me to review his upcoming YA horror novel, Killer Scarecrow, I was intrigued. The book starts out in tried and true horror fashion with a deadly accident taking place. Cash and his friend, Benny Scarecrows are pretty creepy. Something about them, the fact that they're almost human but not quite, makes them incredibly eerie. I loved the episode of Supernatural with the murderous scarecrow, and the low budget 80's horror movie, Scarecrows always creeped me out as a kid. So when Scott Donnelly asked me to review his upcoming YA horror novel, Killer Scarecrow, I was intrigued. The book starts out in tried and true horror fashion with a deadly accident taking place. Cash and his friend, Benny, are setting up a creepy scarecrow in front of a massive tree in Benny's yard as a Halloween decoration. A trio of local bullies come by and begin harassing the friends. When things get physical, a tree branch breaks off, landing on Benny's head and killing him instantly. A year later, Cash is still struggling to move on after his friend's death when gets a Facebook request from someone claiming to be Benny. The three bullies get it too. Meanwhile strange things keep happening in Benny's front yard where the creepy scarecrow still stands - Benny's heartbroken father refusing to take it down. It's not long before the creepy scarecrow starts doing what creepy scarecrows do best...killing. Killer Scarecrow is a pretty entertaining book. It's pretty by the numbers in terms of plot, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. R.L. Stine is probably the most famous YA horror author out there, and his books tend to be by the numbers as well; it's comforting in the way many classic slasher films and their multitude of sequels are comforting. You know what you're going to get, but it's still fun getting there. My only complaints about the book come down to two things. There are some typos and abrupt switches in point of view that are a bit jarring, but I imagine those will be fixed in the final copy. The other comes down to characterization. Cash's burgeoning relationship with his tutor, Paisley, feels a little forced. Some of their interactions just didn't register as realistic, and I think that's because Paisley herself didn't feel completely well rounded as a character. Other than those small complaints, this was an enjoyable, fast paced read that I recommend to Stine fans and those, like me, who find scarecrows to be deliciously creepy. Thank you to Scott Donnelly for sending me a free e-book in exchange for a honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Wiggins

    This book reminded me of the teenage slasher horror movies, but with a twist. The twist was that I really could identify with the main character, Cash. The writer did an excellent job of making Cash real, in all of his teenager-y angst. This was also a "who dun it" and it kept me guessing until the end. I had actually pinpointed two different people of in the end, I was wrong. This is a good, quick read by an imaginative author who remembers what it was like being a teenager in a grown up world, d This book reminded me of the teenage slasher horror movies, but with a twist. The twist was that I really could identify with the main character, Cash. The writer did an excellent job of making Cash real, in all of his teenager-y angst. This was also a "who dun it" and it kept me guessing until the end. I had actually pinpointed two different people of in the end, I was wrong. This is a good, quick read by an imaginative author who remembers what it was like being a teenager in a grown up world, dealing with grown up feelings and situations.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Edward Taylor

    Okay, so this is the first book this year that I have read, then reread almost immediately as that's how much I enjoyed it. Cash and his friends not only have to deal with the trials of High School but the aftermath of the accidental death of their friend Benny. When those who witnessed the death start to disappear themselves, it's up to Cash and his new (girl)friend Paisley to uncover whether there is a psycho in their midst or if Benny's ghost is inhabiting the titular Killer Scarecrow. Donnel Okay, so this is the first book this year that I have read, then reread almost immediately as that's how much I enjoyed it. Cash and his friends not only have to deal with the trials of High School but the aftermath of the accidental death of their friend Benny. When those who witnessed the death start to disappear themselves, it's up to Cash and his new (girl)friend Paisley to uncover whether there is a psycho in their midst or if Benny's ghost is inhabiting the titular Killer Scarecrow. Donnelly gives you all you want in a murder mystery, horror, and well-wrought storyline that is suitable for both adults and the YA crowd the same.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brady Phoenix

    I live for a whodunnit moment. Killer Scarecrow is a great read by a very talented author who gives you many twists and turns while you try to figure out who the murderer is. I had a great time reading it, and I know you all will too!

  9. 4 out of 5

    P.J. Blakey-Novis

    Having read a couple of Scott Donnelly's other stories, I was pleased to get the chance to read an early copy of Killer Scarecrow. This is a fast-paced adventure that I couldn't put down. As you can tell from the title, there is a killer scarecrow, but the story involves much more than that. Following the death of his best friend one Halloween, Cash and some others who were there begin to experience some strange goings on. The creepy factor kicks in quickly and Donnelly keeps you guessing until Having read a couple of Scott Donnelly's other stories, I was pleased to get the chance to read an early copy of Killer Scarecrow. This is a fast-paced adventure that I couldn't put down. As you can tell from the title, there is a killer scarecrow, but the story involves much more than that. Following the death of his best friend one Halloween, Cash and some others who were there begin to experience some strange goings on. The creepy factor kicks in quickly and Donnelly keeps you guessing until the satisfying climax. Another fun read from Donnelly and one I'd highly recommend.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Manu Oliveira

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin Donnelly

  12. 4 out of 5

    lucky 13

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Adams

  15. 4 out of 5

    Horrorlover86

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scott Donnelly

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debi Myers

  18. 4 out of 5

    Al Burke

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lou

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sea Caummisar

  21. 5 out of 5

    Luke

  22. 4 out of 5

    Richard K. Wilson

  23. 4 out of 5

    Austin Durling

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michel Haché

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