Book Spotlight: The Monstrumologist Series by Rick Yancey

I LOVE these books. They are gruesome and macabre, yes. But behind the horrific images that'll make your gut churn with disgust, there are infallible truths about the nature of Man.

About the Author:

Rick Yancey is a prolific author having published a memoir, Confessions of a Tax Collector, and several adult and young adult books (Teddy Ruzak mysteries, Alfred Kropp series, and the Monstrumologist series). You can find his website here.

(Book cover images and blurbs from Goodreads.)

Book #1:

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 feeding on her, Will's world is about to change forever. The doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagi--a headless monster that feeds through the mouthfuls of teeth 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.

Book #2:

While Dr. Warthrop is attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, his former fiancÉe asks him to rescue her husband, who has been captured by a Wendigo—a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh. Although Dr. Warthrop considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and performs the rescue—and then sees the man transform into a Wendigo. Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, and whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied? This second book in The Monstrumologist series explores the line between myth and reality, love and hate, genius and madness.

Book #3:

When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting the "Holy Grail of Monstrumology" with his eager new assistant, Arkwright, he leaves Will Henry in New York. Finally, Will can enjoy something that always seemed out of reach: a normal life with a real family. But part of Will can't let go of Dr. Warthrop, and when Arkwright returns claiming that the doctor is dead, Will is devastated--and not convinced.

Determined to discover the truth, Will travels to London, knowing that if he succeeds, he will be plunging into depths of horror worse than anything he has experienced so far. His journey will take him to Socotra, the Isle of Blood, where human beings are used to make nests and blood rains from the sky--and will put Will Henry's loyalty to the ultimate test.


I heard there's a fourth book in the series (yay!). If you're a fan of horror and human psychology, you don't want to miss this. ;)


Liz Fichera said...

The darkness pops off the page. Gave me goosebumps. Will definitely give these a closer look.

Angie Sandro said...

Oh, I've wanted to read these, but keep forgetting. Thanks for the reminder.

The Golden Eagle said...

I really enjoyed these books. :) I'm not a huge fan of Horror, but this series is one of the exceptions. Can't wait for the fourth book!

julie fedderson said...

Wow, these sound terrific! I love a good horror read.

Kristin Baker Przybyla said...

How have I not heard of these? I might just have to check them out!

Wendy Ewurum said...

Hey Cherie. What age group are these for? It's my son's genre but I don't wanna creep him out too much.

cherie said...

Hi guys! Yeah, these are great. And the prose is just amazing. Yancey's a very talented writer. Surprisingly, these were marketed as YA, though they seem to have more appeal to adults. But who knows? Maybe teens like this kind of stuff, too.

@Wendy: You might want to read them first so you can decide if they're appropriate for your son. It is gruesome, no qualms about it, even though this is YA.

J. A. Bennett said...

I don't know if I could handle these books. I'm too much of a lightweight...

Rachna Chhabria said...

These books sound great. I am eager to read them. I am a fan of horror, so I would not mind these books at all.

BTW..regarding your comment on my blog, no, the readers won't think that your MC is a slumbag for stealing; his conditions are a good justification for his action.

Jenny Phresh said...

Oh, these look marvelously creepy and fascinating! Thanks for sharing, Sparkler!

OK back to my WIP...sorry so light on comments lately...

maaah! xoxo

Mindy McGinnis said...

Well you already know what I think.... Pellinore is my geek fic crush. And yes - I heard that there is a 4th one, but it was picked up in Britain so you'll have to get on Amazon UK if you want it at release date. (Another year yet, I believe).

Kristin Baker Przybyla said...

Cherie, you've given me a great blog post idea, and I'll link back to this one too!

RNAdams2 said...

Thanks for the reviews! I've read The Monstrumologist, and have tapped the other two for the future, but thanks to your reviews, the future may come a bit sooner....

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