Overview - Two men, a bitter rivalry, and a quarter-century of unspeakable horrors. Herbert West's crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind's oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. Read more...
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Two men, a bitter rivalry, and a quarter-century of unspeakable horrors. Herbert West's crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind's oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. But the story of his greatest rival has never been told -- until now. Dr. Stuart Hartwell, a colleague and contemporary of West, sets out to destroy him by uncovering the secrets of his terrible experiments, only to become what he initially despised: a reanimator of the dead. For more than twenty years, the two scientists race each other to master the mysteries of life . . . and unlife. From the grisly battlefields of the Great War to the haunted coasts of Dunwich and Innsmouth, from the halls of fabled Miskatonic University to the sinking of the Titanic, their unholy quests leave their mark upon the world -- and create monsters of them both.
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- ISBN-13: 9781597804783
- ISBN-10: 1597804789
- Publisher: Night Shade Books
- Publish Date: September 2013
- Page Count: 257
- Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
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Taking off from H.P. Lovecraft's lurid tale of reviving the dead, "Herbert West—Reanimator," Rawlik's first novel may amuse Lovecraft fans, but they should be prepared for a supernatural adventure story lacking in the cosmic horror that distinguishes Lovecraft's better fiction. (The master of weird tales regarded "Herbert West" as "hackwork written down to the herd level.") The action spans more than 20 years of the life of Dr. Stuart Hartwell, beginning in 1905 with the brutal murder of his parents by a beast he identifies as the late Dr. Allan Halsey, the dean of medicine at Miskatonic University in Arkham, Mass. In the wake of this tragedy, Hartwell seeks revenge on Herbert West, the Miskatonic medical student who reanimated Halsey in the course of his infernal experiments. While Hartwell has some interesting encounters with such other Lovecraft characters as Nathaniel Peaslee ("The Shadow out of Time") and Wilbur Whateley ("The Dunwich Horror"), readers won't much care whether Hartwell succeeds in his quest or not. (Sept.)