These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for nearly ninety years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me. So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphan and assistant to a doctor with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting. In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown accustomed to his late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was eating her, Will's world is about to change forever. The doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagus--a headless monster that feeds through a mouth in its chest--and it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi. Now, Will and the doctor must face the horror threatenning to overtake and consume our world before it is too late. The Monstrumologist is the first stunning gothic adventure in a series that combines the spirit of HP Lovecraft with the storytelling ability of Rick Riorden.
- Paperback | 434 pages
- 155 x 208 x 30mm | 386g
- 20 Jul 2010
- SIMON & SCHUSTER
- New York, NY, United States
- Reprint ed.
- Frontispiece; Illustrations, black and white
"This has all the elements of the best Victorian mystery and horror...Readers who like their horror truly horrible and yet archly distant and peppered with ecstatic Victorian-scented comments on the woes of the human condition will jump right in and not emerge until the last relieved gasp."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
Our customer reviews
Young Will Henry is apprentice to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a doctor of a different kind of science. Dr. Warthrop, a monstrumologist, hunts and studies creatures that are the stuff of nightmares. He has spent his entire life documenting and dissecting an array of bizarre creatures, and now his knowledge will be put to the test. A nest of gruesome monsters, the Anthropophagi, is wreaking havoc on the sleepy town of New Jerusalem. These horrific beasts feed on human flesh and will stop at nothing to find and kill fresh victims. With the help of Will Henry, Dr. Warthrop must stop the Anthropophagi before the entire population of New Jerusalem is destroyed. Rick Yancy has created an exceptional horror/mystery/thriller/paranormal young adult novel. The storyline is extremely engaging - I was hooked at page one! I was very impressed with his use of vocabulary and dialogue. I will say that this novel is definitely not for the faint of heart. Some of his scenes are very graphic, and his imagery can be intense at times. This would be an excellent Halloween read! I am hoping for more Monstrumology stories to come! *Gold Star Award Winner!show moreby TeensReadToo