The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

themonstrumologistWe all know monsters don’t really exist, right? Frankenstein, werewolves, vampires are just figments of your imagination. In The Monstumologist, it is 1888. After Will Henry’s parents are killed in a house fire, he goes to live with Dr. Warthop, an eccentric scientist who takes on the boy as an assistant. Dr. Warthop is a Monstrumologist, a scientist who studies monsters. Nighttime visitors with strange business dealings aren’t uncommon in the doctor’s house, but one night a frightened man brings the doctor the body of a young woman who died while being eaten by a monster.

Attached to her is the dead monster. It is an Anthropophagus, a headless creature with impossibly strong arms and legs, eyes on its shoulders and incredibly sharp teeth and strong jaws that sit right in the middle of its chest. They can rip a person apart in seconds.

The arrival of the creature in New England is quite alarming, not only because of its mere existence, but because if there is one in the area, there is a colony. They must be stopped before they kill the whole town, the state, the country.

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