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A blood-chilling story with the search for Frankenstein lies at its heart. When orphaned Billy, a miserably poor and hungry street urchin, comes across Mister Creecher, a man of great size and sinister intent, his life is turned upside down. Soon the two of them are off on a terrifying adventure travelling ever further north as they seek out the evil Victor Frankenstein. Rich in atmosphere and terror.
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Friendship, trust and betrayal combine to form a dangerous liaison in this moving and frightening new book from Chris Priestley. Billy is a street urchin, pickpocket and petty thief. Mister Creecher is a monstrous giant of a man who terrifies all he meets. Their relationship begins as pure convenience. But a bond swiftly develops between these two misfits as their bloody journey takes them ever northwards on the trail of their target ...Victor Frankenstein.
'A brilliant counterpoint to Frankenstein, compellingly written. Chris Priestley goes from strength to strength' - Chris Riddell
`A dark, moving, creepy, funny tale about the making of a famous monster...only not the one you think it'll be. Splendid gothic stuff.' - Kim Newman, author of Nightmare Movies
`Priestley once again hits the mark, and readers may well have to resort to sal volatile before reaching the story's climax' - The Bookseller
'Another triumph for old-school spookiness' - Financial Times
'A wonderfully nightmarish journey of the imagination - old-fashioned storytelling at its best' - Daily Mail
'The gradual build-up of horror ... is exquisitely done. My insides were still untangling themselves hours after I had closed the book' - Sunday Telegraph
|Publication date:||3rd October 2011|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
Chris Priestley has been a cartoonist and illustrator for many years, working mainly for magazines and newspapers. He currently has a weekly strip cartoon called 'Payne's Grey' in the New Statesman. Ever since he was a teenager Chris has loved unsettling and creepy stories, with fond memories of buying comics like 'Strange Tales' and 'House of Mystery', watching classic BBC TV adaptations of M R James ghost stories every Christmas and reading assorted weirdness by everyone from Edgar Allen Poe to Ray Bradbury. He hopes Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror will haunt his readers in the way those ...More About Chris Priestley