The Monstrumologist: The Terror Beneath (by Rick Yancey)

8 09 2011

Much has been said about Simon & Schuster’s initial decision to discontinue Rick Yancey’s Monstrumologist series. As devastating as this news sounded to the YA Internet community, as quickly  did Simon & Schuster recant their decision… the online appeal probably had something to do with this. Though the cat is the first one on the barricades to shout “support talent!”, it helps if the writer you’re defending is actually…well..talented!

Besides talented there are more words that the cat could apply to Rick Yancey’s first installment of The Monstrumologist series: imaginative, horrific (in the best of ways!), downright scary! This book is not for the faint of heart!

Will Henry, a 12-year-old orphan, is the apprentice of Dr Warthrop, a monstrumologist, a professor specialized in the study and capture of monsters… the real kind, the eyes on their shoulders, mouth and scary teeth in their belly kind of monster, a.k.a. the Anthropophagi. Will is caught up in a Victorian horror story of grave robbing, chasing monsters, dismembered bodies, mutilations, late-night lunatic asylum visits and more activities of the horrific kind.

Aimed at young adults, this series of books will also appeal to horror buffs, no matter what age they are.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why Simon & Schuster might have been hesitant to continue publishing a series of books that is so different from ‘regular’ YA books (this is teen horror, a niche market if there ever was one), but it would be a shame to withhold the wonderfully terrifying world of Will Henry & Dr Warthrop from in interested audience!



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19 01 2014
Scowler (by Daniel Kraus): to horror or not to horror. | Ringo the Cat's Blog

[…] someone who dares to go where very few YA authors dare to go. For anyone who likes Rick Yancey’s Monstrumologist series* and Andrew Smith’s The Marbury Lens and Passenger, Daniel Kraus’ work is a must […]

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