The Ghost That Ate Us

The Tragic True Story of the Burger City Poltergeist

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Pub Date 12 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2022


You remember the brutal crime, don’t you?

Maybe you read about it on Twitter. Maybe a friend sent you a news clip. Maybe you saw it on an episode of Spectral Journeys that night you were flipping through channels, unable to sleep.

Maybe after reading the true story, you won’t ever sleep again.

On June 1, 2017, six people were killed at a Burger City franchise off I-80 near Jonny, Iowa. It was the bizarre and gruesome conclusion to nine months of alleged paranormal activity at the fast-food joint—events popularly known as “the Burger City Poltergeist.” The story inspired Facebook memes, Twitter hashtags, Buzzfeed listicles, Saturday Night Live sketches, and more. But the case was never much more than a punchline…until bestselling writer Daniel Kraus (The Shape of Water, The Living Dead) decided to head to Iowa to dig up what really happened.

Presented here is the definitive story of “the most exhaustively documented haunting in history,” including—for the first time ever—interviews with every living survivor of the tragedy. The employees of Burger City were a family. They loved one another. At least, at the beginning. But love can make you do unspeakable things.

You remember the brutal crime, don’t you?

Maybe you read about it on Twitter. Maybe a friend sent you a news clip. Maybe you saw it on an episode of Spectral Journeys that night you were flipping...

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I have never read anything by Daniel Kraus until now, and this book drew me in because of the cover. Then I read the synopsis and I was hooked. I am a lover of horror and true crime, and I loved how this fiction book did both justice. It is written like a true crime book along with footnotes (IT IS FICTION), and that was the biggest thing that drew me to the book. It had me looking at ghost and fast food places a lot differently now. I highly recommend this book to lovers of horror or even horror comedy cause this had me laughing. I have put all of Daniel Kraus' other books on my ever growing TBR.

Thank you Netgalley, Raw Dog Screaming Press and Daniel Kraus for letting read and review this awesome book.

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OH MY GOSH - this book was amazing. At the start I couldnt figure out if this was a true crime piece of non fiction from the way it was written but it is actually a novel kind of disguised as true crime non fiction and I was totally there for it. It was an incredible read that explored, true crime, ghosts and food, in particular fast food, all with a element of humour and I LITERALLY could not put it down. I loved it.

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In the mood for a horror comedy that takes on crime AND the fast food industry? Then check out The Ghosts That Ate Us by Daniel Kraus. This story is about a fast food joint called Burger Time located in Iowa. Since I did my undergraduate degree in Decorah, IA I had no problem visualizing this setting. The teenaged employees in this book brought me down memory lane of the jobs I held as a teen...with a more horrific twist.

The premise of this book is very original! I was lured in by the true crime ghost story and found it entertaining. Written as though it were non fiction, it even includes footnotes! While the style of writing may make some readers to really believe this reality, it IS a novel. Fans of Grady Hendrix will definitely appreciate this style of humor. I certainly enjoyed this fictional escapade into the horrors of fast food.

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