The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

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A monster-hunting doctor and his apprentice face off against a plague of monsters in the first book of a terrifying series. Publishers Weekly says “horror lovers will be rapt.”

These are the secrets I have kept. 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 in nineteenth-century New England, 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 changes 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. Will and the doctor must face the horror threatening to overtake and consume the world…before it is too late.

The Monstrumologist is the first stunning gothic adventure in a series that combines the terror of HP Lovecraft with the spirit of Arthur Conan Doyle.

About Rick Yancey

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Rick Yancey is the author of The Monstrumologist, The Curse of the Wendigo, The Isle of Blood, and The Final Descent. He has also written the award-winning series Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, as well as several novels for adults, including The Highly Effective Detective and A Burning in Homeland. His memoir, Confessions of a Tax Collector, was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five best books on taxes ever written. He earned a BA in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago and worked as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service before turning to writing full time in 2004. Rick lives with his wife Sandy and two sons in Gainesville, Florida. Visit him at
Published September 12, 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 452 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, History, Children's Books. Fiction

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Continue Book two of Yancey's excitingly complex Monstrumologist series follows the inquisitively uncertain 12-year-old hero Will Henry and his Monstrumologist ...

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Having made the study of monsters a career, the aloof yet just doctor must solve the origin of the Anthropophagi in America and stop their widespread and extremely violent and bloody carnage, which may not rest easy with readers of any age.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this dark tale constructed as a journal by 12-year-old orphan Will Henry, Yancey (the Alfred Kropp series) presents the story of the boy's apprenticeship to an enigmatic 19th-century “monstrumologist,” Doctor Pellinore Warthrop.

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I was reading King when I was in elementary school so the things in this book, though gory and graphic at times didn’t affect me but that doesn’t mean they won’t turn the stomach of some readers.

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The Bookbag

I love the way Yancey completely refuses to write down to his target audience - there are words here which I'm one hundred per cent sure most readers will never have come across before, but they never slow down the pace of the story because they're used in the perfect context, and readers will ei...

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Open Letters Monthly

He’s a man who makes his own rules for himself first and foremost.) If I had one minor quibble with Yancey in this wonderful tale, it would be his almost compulsive alliteration: “the beneficent balm of its bowl,” “pressed, prodded, and pummeled,” “his fragile frame propped precariously,” “the d...

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Tampa Bay Times

The doctor and Henry find an entire colony of the monsters, and to eliminate them must rely on help from the vicious monster hunter Dr. Kearns and Malachi, the lone survivor of an Anthropophagi attack.

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Teen Reads

Will Henry has been indebted --- or enslaved, depending on how you look at it --- to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, the famed monstrumologist, since his parents died tragically in a house fire.

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SF Site

We find their origin is an isolated region of Africa, how they got here, that they are a matriarchal society, their life plan, their hunting methodology, how they kill, how they raise their children, and finally we go into their lair with Dr. Warthrop, Will Henry, the Constable, other police offi...

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Common Sense Media

Although the Anthropophagy race of monster will consume any human, here prostitutes are used as bait, and there are stories told of foreign lands where priests fed the monsters young, virginal girls.

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WAPL Teens

His parents worked for the doctor, and his father was often gone on long trips to assist the doctor with his research.

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Horror News Net

I won’t bother going into detail about the references to Darwin, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Herodotus because you’ve got the point: he trusts that you have the brains and ability to read it and he isn’t going to talk to you like an idiot.

Dec 04 2010 | Read Full Review of The Monstrumologist

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