A young Victorian is haunted and hunted by monsters from the era’s darkest literature in Peacock’s spine-tingling mystery.
Edgar Brim has lived every story he has ever read. Sent to the College on the Moors (for Boys) after the mysterious death of his father, the white English lad spends his days dodging bullies and the rugby ball, while his nights are spent amid the mesmerizing and terrifying creations of such authors as Le Fanu, Stevenson, and Shelley, whose mad villains and vicious monsters invade Edgar’s nightmares. In his last year of school, when a young boy he has befriended suddenly dies, teenage Edgar is approached by Professor Lear, who claims that the student and Edgar’s father were both murdered for the same reason that Edgar’s own life is in danger—they suspected the monsters from dark stories are real. Joined by the professor’s attractive grandson and fearless granddaughter, as well as a talented and deceptive friend from school, Edgar and Lear set out to hunt down the bloodthirsty creature from the pages of the newest sensation novel before it kills them to protect its secret. With cameos from such artistic giants as Bram Stoker and the actor Henry Irving, Peacock weaves the frissons of classic Gothic horror into the reality of a culture entranced by its own dark creations.
This thrilling historical mystery will have readers anxiously turning pages and checking under their beds. (Historical thriller. 12-16)