“This book was disgusting, gross and made me sick to my stomach. Thank you! I loved it,” reads Rick Yancey’s favorite piece of fan mail. This letter pays grand compliment to the Printz Honor winner’s dark imagining about young Will Henry, a new apprentice to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, who has dedicated his life to the ancient discipline of monstrumology, or the study of monsters. “I discovered the classics of the horror genre, like Dracula and Frankenstein, in high school,” says Yancey, who published The Monstrumologist in 2009. “After turning in the third manuscript in the Alfred Kropp series, I wanted to challenge myself with something for older readers. The affection and nostalgia I felt for these books that impressed me so much as a young adult compelled me to imagine a world in which monsters were real.” This book introduces The Wendigo, a creation that reflects Warthrop’s tortured psyche, while it also fleshes out the good doctor’s trade. “We live in uncertain, scary times and these stories provide a safe outlet,” says Yancey. “Fear is the primal emotion that we feel practically before anything else. I write about what scares me and trust the reader will feel the same.”
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The Curse of the Wendigo
Simon & Schuster / October / 9781416984504 / $17.99 / ages 12 & up