I have finished the Isle of Blood, Book 3 in the Monstrumologist series. The books are a love story disguised as a monster story. I can think of no better way to describe them. I love these characters and when the time comes it will be very, very hard to say goodbye. It has been such a touching and terrifying challenge to keep up with their adventures. My heart breaks for Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop. They are very real to me; the most complete and honest characters who ever came my way. And their journey to the Isle of Blood nearly broke me. I hope fans of the series will like it. And I hope - I sincerely hope - it is not the end of the story.
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Found tucked in the pages of the 6th Folio, a quote from Theodore Roosevelt, a contemporary of Warthrop. Did Will Henry think of Warthrop when he read it? - ed.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
In working through the thirteen journals discovered in the possession of William James Henry upon his death in 2007, I discovered many passages which seemed oddly out of place - snatches of dialogue unconnected to the text in which they appeared; scraps of loose paper upon which strange sketches had been made; memorabilia I was reluctant to reproduce in the published accounts; long narrative asides (stories within stories within the main story itself); and treatises about a wide variety of topics with little, if any, connection to Dr. Warthrop or the science of monstrumology.
I have decided to include some of these “outtakes” here, for the perusal of readers who, like me, are entranced by the world described in the journals.
I will also include here my own thoughts, opinions, findings on the case, and any other material that may be germane to the world of the monstrumologist. I will take care to let the reader know when the material originates with me and not with the journals’ mysterious author.
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An undated photo found in the 8th Folio. An adult Will Henry? Or is this an actual photograph of the Monstrumologist? Or someone else? The subject is not identified.
An illustration of the necropsy scene for the German edition of The Monstrumologist
Sketches from the German edition of The Monstrumologist.