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These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed.

But he is dead now and has been for more than forty 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 begins the journal of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.

Critically acclaimed author Rick Yancey has written a gothic tour de force that explores the darkest heart of man and monster and asks the question: When does a man become the very thing he hunts?

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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. Purportedly found in 2007 amid the personal effects of the recently deceased Will (at age 131), the memoir opens as a corpse is delivered to Warthrop by a grave-robber one night in 1888. What appears to be a horrific desecration of the body foreshadows a plague of headless, man-eating anthropophagi. Will, left in the doctor's care since his parents' death, is drawn into the effort to save his town and find out how the creatures reached America, and both Will and Warthrop are forced to confront their own family histories and obsessions. Yancey's elegant depiction of an America plagued with monsters, human and otherwise, spares no grisly detail (in describing feeding anthropophagi: 'The head is the most coveted prize. The first to reach her seizes it and wrenches it from her neck... a steaming geyser shoots into the air and paints crimson their teeming alabaster bodies'). Horror lovers will be rapt. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"With a roaring sense of adventure and enough viscera to gag the hardiest of gore hounds, Yancey's series starter might just be the best horror novel of the year." Booklist (starred review)

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"With numerous nods to H.P. Lovecraft and other literary and historic figures, Will's intelligent diary captures their page-turning, nightmarish adventures and the constructs and evolving scientific theories of the time as well as his budding independence." Kirkus Reviews

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"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." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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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.

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andlt;Iandgt;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.andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Monstrumologistandlt;/Iandgt; is the first stunning gothic adventure in a series that combines the spirit of HP Lovecraft with the storytelling ability of Rick Riorden.

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Rick Yancey 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 in Florida with his wife Sandy and two sons.

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Jenni, March 24, 2011 (view all comments by Jenni)
Will Henry is an orphan and assistant to Dr. Warthrop a Monstrumologist who will stop at nothing to find answers. One night the Dr. receives word that a terror in a graveyard has arisen and at once he must investigate it. Once the Dr. and will henry find out what it is, its a race against time to stop the creatures from spreading through the country and murdering more innocents. The Monstrumologist catalogs Will Henry's frightening and horrific adventure by Dr. Warthrop's side. At once engaging and and terrifying The Monstrumologist, is a book to read late at night with the lights one. The characters are full of life, the writing pulling and drawing you into 1888 New England. The story itself reminds me a mix between Fringe (tv show) and Sherlock Holmes. A story not to miss but defiantly not for the faint of heart.
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Larry Robinson, June 30, 2010 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
This is a young adult book, and it is definitely not for everyone. The book takes place in New England in the late 1800s and tells the story of Will Henry, an orphan taken in by his father's former employer, Pellinore Warthrup, the Monstrumologist of the title. When the corpse of an Anthropophagi (legendary headless bipeds with shark-like teeth) is delivered to Warthrup's door by a grave robber he knows that trouble is brewing. And he has an inkling of where it came from. A colorful cast of characters gathers to hunt down, and kill, the pod of Anthropophagi inhabiting the local cemetary. This is a really well-written horror story with all the requisite gore. It's not gratuitous, but there is a lot of it. This book is a great start to a new series. The second, about vampires (of course) comes out in August.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416984481
Author:
Yancey, Rick
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Author:
Yancey, Richard
Subject:
History
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
monstrumologist; monstromologist; series; monster; Will Henry; Rick Yancey; horror; mythological creatures; mythology; myths; creatures; imaginary; cryptozoology; Monster Hunter; monster hunting; apprenticeship; apprentice; gothic; adventure; father and s
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Monstrumologist, The
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jacket: spfx: foil; int: line art on
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 448 pages Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - English 9781416984481 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. Purportedly found in 2007 amid the personal effects of the recently deceased Will (at age 131), the memoir opens as a corpse is delivered to Warthrop by a grave-robber one night in 1888. What appears to be a horrific desecration of the body foreshadows a plague of headless, man-eating anthropophagi. Will, left in the doctor's care since his parents' death, is drawn into the effort to save his town and find out how the creatures reached America, and both Will and Warthrop are forced to confront their own family histories and obsessions. Yancey's elegant depiction of an America plagued with monsters, human and otherwise, spares no grisly detail (in describing feeding anthropophagi: 'The head is the most coveted prize. The first to reach her seizes it and wrenches it from her neck... a steaming geyser shoots into the air and paints crimson their teeming alabaster bodies'). Horror lovers will be rapt. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "With a roaring sense of adventure and enough viscera to gag the hardiest of gore hounds, Yancey's series starter might just be the best horror novel of the year."
"Review" by , "With numerous nods to H.P. Lovecraft and other literary and historic figures, Will's intelligent diary captures their page-turning, nightmarish adventures and the constructs and evolving scientific theories of the time as well as his budding independence."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Iandgt;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.andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Monstrumologistandlt;/Iandgt; is the first stunning gothic adventure in a series that combines the spirit of HP Lovecraft with the storytelling ability of Rick Riorden.
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