I wrote this booktalk and recorded it a few years ago. I used Audacity to alter my voice.
One day when he came home from school he found his whole family murderd by demons.
His father was hung upside down…headless.
His mother was half eaten by a creature that was a cross between a crocodile and a dog.
His sister was split in two and a demon had his hand inside her back and was moving her around as if she were a puppet.
The leader of the group? A demon named Lord Loss.
Grady ran out of the house as fast as he could, barely making it out alive.
The police want to know how his family was murdered, but Grady just keeps mumbling about demons and blood. Who would believe that?
Doctors and some distant relatives try to bring Grady back to reality. Because after all, demons aren’t real, are they? And then his Uncle Dervish arrives to come get him out. Not only does he believe Grady, he has a drawing of the creature called Lord Loss.
He knows who the demon is and why he killed Grady’s family. And he knows that is not the last time they will have to face him…
He and his friend Toby had broken into a house the night that it happened. Alex heard screams coming from the other side of the house. He thought it was the owner, but It turned out to be Toby. He found Toby on the floor surrounded by four gigantic men standing in the room. All wore black suits and one had on an antique gas mask that had a hose running to a tank on his back and a long black leather jacket. He seemed to be the leader. They shot Toby and gas mask told Alex to run for his life.
But who would believe that story? The trial was a joke. He was sentenced to life in prison in Furnace, a juvenile prison for the worst offenders that is a mile underground.
In some ways, Furnace is like any other prison. There are gangs, disgusting food, prison toilets in the cells. But there are also unimaginable horrors. Gigantic guards in black suits guard the boys with automatic weapons. Vicious genetically engineered dogs will tear you apart if you don’t follow the rules. And sometimes in the middle of the night, silent men with antique gas masks arbitrarily pick inmates to be dragged off never to return, or worse yet, to return as something else entirely.
Nobody has ever escaped from Furnace, but Alex has to try.