The Last GargoylePaul Durham
fantasy, young adult
Fans of Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book will tremble with delight for this haunting tale about a lone gargoyle who isn’t alone at all.
Penhallow is the last of his kind. The stone gargoyle — he’d prefer you call him a grotesque — fearlessly protects his Boston building from the spirits who haunt the night. But even he is outmatched when Hetty, his newest ward, nearly falls victim to the Boneless King, the ruler of the underworld.
Then there’s Viola, the mysterious girl who keeps turning up at the most unlikely times. In a world where nightmares come to life, Viola could be just the ally Penhallow needs. But can he trust her when every shadow hides another secret? Can he afford not to?
Paul Durham was raised in Massachusetts and now lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two young daughters. An entertainment lawyer, Paul also serves as a trustee of the not-for-profit New Hampshire Writers' Project, an organization that helps get unpublished authors published and published authors read. Paul writes in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp and keeps a tiny porcelain frog in his pocket for good luck.