Title :The Monstrumologist
Released: Sept. 2009
Synopsis: A monster-hunting doctor and his apprentice face off against a plague of monsters in the first book of Rick Yancey’s new series, The Monstrumologist.(from Goodreads)
Thrilling, horrific, gory…oh so gory. The graphic gore in this story will make your skin crawl; this book is not for someone with a week stomach. I am use to reading horror books, but this is probably the scariest one I have ever read. I can not wait for the next book. Yancey’s writing is amazing, you feel like you are reading a book written in the era, the book (journals) take place.
The story starts out in present day time – The death of Will Henry, has led to someone finding his journals. The journals are then turned over to (I am assuming) Rick Yancey, and then the story begins. Will Henry, an orphan, is taken in by his father’s employer Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a monstrumologist.
One night a grave robber arrives, with a horrific discovery. An Anthropophagi (a man eating monster), has died on top of the corpse he was eating. The Dr. is perplexed about this discovery, since Anthropophagi are not native to North America. The grave robber takes them to the place of his discovery, when they are attacked by an infestation of Anthropophagi, the Dr sends for help. Based on information about this “monster” he does not warn the surrounding towns of a possible attack.
The Dr. and Will set out to discover how, the Anthropophagi, made it to America. They soon learn how they got here, but not why. The Dr made a horrible mistake in not warning the area, and later that night he is called to a horrific crime scene. A family is massacred, the oldest child managing to escape, tells the Dr about the monsters that attacked his family. The next day when help arrives, the monster hunters, the two boys and a few police men, set out to destroy the monsters. What they discover will shock you.
I attached a picture of what Anthropophagi are suppose to look like – scary!