Scalp by Carver Pike

When parasitic head lice piggyback into a youth leadership conference, a group of teens is forced into a fight for survival. This one’s sure to make your stomach turn and your head itch.

Nitsy is excited to be invited to an exclusive leadership conference with her peers from across the globe. She’s even more thrilled her partner on this trip is her cute jock classmate, Robbie.

Hal is a new park ranger who’s taken the job because policing is all he knows, and since a tragic accident took his daughter away, he’s not too fond of guns, or people for that matter. Hal only wants to sit in the darkness and sulk in his sorrows.

Andre is out hunting in the woods of West Virginia. He’s one with his rifle. Yet, something ain’t right in the woods. It’s too quiet. Oddly still. Until… Andre eyes a buck that seems out of sorts, thrashing around wildly with lifeless eyes.

When he pulls the trigger and a bullet strikes home, there’s no blood. Nothing. Something else has already drained it, and it’s ready for a new host.

With the entire town falling prey to this head-munching malice, and all the students at the Stonewall Forge Leadership Conference in danger, only a few can fight back before these parasitic head lice wipe out Clydesville, West Virginia and spread across the rest of the world.

The IndieMuse Review

Another page-turner from Carver Pike. After finishing Grad Night, I was curious to read more of Mr. Pike’s work, and I wasn’t disappointed. This story hooked me right from the start. It was original, the characters were realistic, and the threat was absolutely terrifying. Parasitic head lice, now that’s a new one. I can’t think of anything scarier than that!

The small town of Clydesville is hosting a leadership conference for teenagers from around the globe. The story follows a group of teens and townspeople now forced to fight for survival when the head lice break out. What impressed me most about the story was how descriptive the author was with each of the attacks. “Like a syringe had been shoved through one temple and out the other, his mind felt as if it had been skewered.” Ouch. I can only imagine. The one will definitely make your head itch and leave you hoping nothing like this ever happens.

I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading this book. Every time you think you have it figured out, something else happens that throws your theory right out of the water. You never know who’s going to fall victim next. This was one wild ride that I can’t recommend enough. Some parts even made me laugh out loud. If you haven’t read this one yet, do yourself a favor and add it to your reading list. I can’t wait to read more from Carver Pike.


Elizabeth L. learned to read when she was only three years old, and her love of books has only grown since then. Though she reads many different genres, horror will always be her first love. Born and raised in Texas, she shares her home with two kids and a handful of furry critters.


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