Gantos, Jack. 2006. The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs.
Most people wouldn’t equate the word love with a curse. Love is a gift, right? Or is there such a thing as loving someone too much? Wanting to prove that horror stories don’t need “gothic” settings with harsh environments--like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein--Jack Gantos sets out to prove that nothing is scarier than a psychotic mind convinced that its genetically cursed and free from guilt since it’s playing out its predetermined role set by nature. But be warned, The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs is not for the weak-hearted. (If taxidermy freaks you out, don’t even think about reading this book.) While I can’t say more about the book--I wouldn’t want to give away the ending--The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs is a book that I know will appeal to some readers. (I am not one of them!!!)