Author(s): Ronald Hugh Morrieson
'The same week our fowls were stolen, Daphne Moran had her throat cut.' The greatest opening line in New Zealand literature opens this hilarious Gothic melodrama. Klynham is a sleepy little New Zealand town in which not a lot happens. But then one moonlit night the Scarecrow arrives, swilling brandies and looking for victims. Something sordid and even macrabre lies ahead.
Ronald Hugh Morrieson was born in Hawera, New Zealand, in 1922, and lived there all his life. He earned his living as a music teacher and musician, playing in dance bands throughout South Taranaki. Morrieson died in 1972. His other novels are Came a Hot Friday, Predicament and Pallet on the Floor.