Jack and his dad are runaways. Jack’s father recently turned whistleblower, revealing the truth about the illicit dealings of some powerful people. Realising that he and Jack might be in danger, Dad drives them to a remote shooting lodge in the Scottish Highlands, where they intend to lay low.
In the cornfield beside the lodge stands a scarecrow. When Jack witnesses something incredible, he begins to realise that it is no ordinary scarecrow – it is alive, hungry and fuelled by rage. And when Dad’s enemies begin to converge on the lodge, the scarecrow might just turn out to be Jack’s best hope of survival.
What inspired Scarecrow?
Halloween is coming… Time to turn your thoughts to all things spooky.
Scarecrow is an idea that came to me quite unexpectedly.
I was reading something about a whistle blower – a guy who had dished the dirt on some very important people and had to go into hiding for his own protection. I found myself thinking, what if you were a teenage kid and the whistle blower was your father? What would it like being dragged into something that was really nothing to do with you?
But that wasn’t enough for a whole story. I needed a supernatural element (because I like supernatural elements) and I started thinking about scarecrows. Those things have been used for centuries to keep crops safe from harm. And I thought, what if the boy meets a scarecrow, who is a bit more mobile than you’d really like him to be… a scarecrow who can talk… a scarecrow who is driven by pure anger.
And I thought, what if that scarecrow was your one hope of survival?