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Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault #2

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Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault #2

Down a long street in a neighborhood filled with colorfully painted houses sits a dark Victorian home at the end of the street. The grass and trees are always dead, and from time to time, a young boy as pale as a ghost with black spikey hair in a black suit will stand behind the iron gates staring out at the colorful lawns. His name is Gustav Gloom and he can never step foot outside of his yard or he will burn to a crisp. 

"Adam-Troy Castro is the author of this macabre adventure; he holds an exquisite imagination and brings a nightmarish world to life in the Gustav Gloom series."

Castro focuses on a different monster and mystery in each book. In GUSTAV GLOOM AND THE PEOPLE TAKER, the first book in this series, a villainous man in a long black cloak and a top hat with a malicious unsightly beast chase Gustav and Fernie inside of the shadow house. In the second book, GUSTAV GLOOM AND THE NIGHTMARE VAULT, a creepy ice cream man, named Henry October, is on the loose. He is a shadow eater and emits long black tendrils out of his large, round, grotesque mouth. Once again, Fernie is drawn to Gustav’s house and has to solve a lingering mystery with dangerous consequences waiting for her inside of the Victorian labyrinth. October the shadow eater is after Fernie’s shadow, and once he devours it, he is hungry for more. Fernie finds out that October is in search of the nightmare vault; this is a large cabinet containing all of the evil and nightmarish beings possible and is chained shut somewhere inside of the Gloom house.

October is on the hunt for Fernie and Gustav and will not give up until he consumes every shadow possible. Gustav has to come up with a plan to defeat the evil shadow eater and find out who he really is. They explore the never-ending house in search of clues and even go to the depths of the lowest, most horrific areas where the prisoners are locked up. Fernie and Gustav run until they can’t run any further. They find a room full of secret doors, each leading to a fate unknown. They must open one of these doors to escape, not knowing which will lead them to safety or to certain death.

Adam-Troy Castro is the author of this macabre adventure; he holds an exquisite imagination and brings a nightmarish world to life in the Gustav Gloom series. Kristen Margiotta illustrates Castro’s dark, surreal world in a fantastical style. Her illustrations open up each chapter and pair nicely with the chapter titles.

Reviewed by Sheena Kowalski on May 1, 2013

Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault #2
by Adam-Troy Castro

  • Publication Date: April 18, 2013
  • Genres: Youth Fiction
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
  • ISBN-10: 0448458349
  • ISBN-13: 9780448458342