The Slither Sisters: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #2



Goofy comedy for young boys riffs on horror cliches.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The Slither Sisters is an out-and-out horror comedy that pays little attention to how the real works. But it does impart lessons about bravery, loyalty, and leadership.

Positive messages

As Rob Arthur runs for a spot on the student council, he learns that true leadership comes by thinking rationally about problems and finding realistic solutions to them. Playing on the greed and fear of voters does not lead to effective government.

Positive role models

As The Slither Sisters opens, Robert Arthur and Glen Torkells have abandoned their victim/bully relationship and are working together to protect the students of Lovecraft Middle School from monsters and demons from another dimension. As they face off against the titular monsters, they demonstrate bravery and resourcefulness.


What little violence there is in The Slither Sisters is very cartoonish. A giant snake attacks Robert in his bed, and he later battles a harpy at a school assembly.


Robert and Glenn are interested in spending time with some of the girls at the school dance, but they can't quite figure out how to do so.

Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Slither Sisters is a goofy horror comedy that picks up right where the first book in the series, Professor Gargoyle, left off. There are in-jokes for readers familiar with Greek mythology and the writing of H.P. Lovecraft, and no objectionable language or bloody violence, but there are attacks by snakes, demons, and a harpy. The mayhem is cartoonish and intended to be comic.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

Fresh from saving their school from a demonic teacher, Robert Arthur and former bully Glenn Torkells must contend with twin sisters who are actually snake-headed monsters from another dimension. The girls plan to win the student council race and then abduct the entire seventh grade. Aided by a ghostly girl and a two-headed rat, Robert and Arthur must find a way to upset the election without winding up captured by extradimensional monstrosities.

Is it any good?


THE SLITHER SISTERS: TALES FROM LOVECRAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL #2 matches the good-natured, horror comedy of the series' first volume. Robert and his former nemesis Glenn are a winning team, and their battles with creatures from horror fiction and mythology are action-packed and funny.

Some readers may wonder, however, whether the series will build into something more than just a chain of encounters with bizarre monsters. It would be good to see author Charles Gilman up the stakes in the next volume.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why stories featuring monsters, ghosts, and demons are so popular What aspects of horror stories lend themselves to comedy?

  • Does it ever seem as if parents, teachers, or school administrators have a side of themselves that they never reveal to students?

  • Is participating in student government worthwhile? What kinds of changes can students effect through organizations such as a student council?

Book details

Author:Charles Gilman
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Cats, dogs, and mice, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Quirk Books
Publication date:January 15, 2013
Number of pages:160
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12
Available on:Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

This review of The Slither Sisters: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #2 was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide