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A E Moorat
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15 Oct 2009

'There were many staff at Kensington, fulfilling many roles; a man who was employed to catch rats, another whose job it was to sweep the chimneys. That there was someone expected to hunt Demons did not shock the new Queen; that it was to be her was something of a surprise.'

London, 1838. Queen Victoria is crowned; she receives the orb, the sceptre, and an arsenal of blood-stained weaponry. Because if Britain is about to become the greatest power of the age, there's the small matter of the demons to take care of first...

But rather than dreaming of demon hunting, it is Prince Albert who occupies her thoughts. Can she dedicate her life to saving her country when her heart belongs elsewhere? With lashings of glistening entrails, decapitations, and foul demons, this masterly new portrait will give a fresh understanding of a remarkable woman, a legendary monarch, and quite possibly the best Demon Hunter the world has ever seen . . .

A E Moorat weaves a seamlessly lurid tapestry of royal biography, gothic horror and fist-gnawing comedy as he lifts the veil on what really took place on the dark and cobbled streets of 19th-century England


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; paperback / softback edition (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144470026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444700268
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Moorat has draped his very funny tale of the marauding undead over a solid frame-work of historical detail ... As with the Austen adaptations, it is the women who are bold and quick-witted enough to take on the monsters, a nice reversal of the passive victim role traditionally handed to young women, in horror as in history. (Observer)

'Moorat infuses his tale with enough bravura and over-the-top action to lift it above a horde of similar projects; readers able to stomach the deliriously bloody goings-on will find plenty to enjoy' Starred Review, 'Pick of the Week' (Publishers Weekly)

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Following in the bloodied footsteps of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, we see the well-known historical events of Queen's early life and Albert's death given an hilarious, demonic twist. A E Moorat weaves a lurid tapestry of royal biography, gothic horror and fist-gnawing comedy.


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic page turner 13 Oct 2009
By Dave
Format:Paperback
I bought this book on the day it came out simply because I liked the cover, started reading it and couldn't put it down - I guess you'd call it a "mash-up" of the zombie / horror and historical genres. It's set in the reign of Queen Victoria and Demons and Zombies are secretly calling the political shots in the upper echelons of Victorian society - who's gonna stop `em - you guessed it, only the Monarch herself? This sounds a bit bonkers but it works brilliantly, Moorat manages to combine extreme tension with laugh out loud humour and completely nails the sense of period without ever sounding stuffy, in fact if anything the humour has many modern resonances. It's peppered throughout with really well drawn characters and the violence and gore are described in blood chilling (or should that be "blood swilling"?) detail - it's terrific. This would make a great movie, I'd be surprised if it wasn't picked up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review from The Word Fiend 2 May 2011
By Shelagh
Format:Paperback
In my experience, a book like this, with its tongue-in-cheek humour and colourful rewriting of history, will be either brilliant or a complete waste of time. Fortunately for me this one turned out to be the former. What I discovered was an entertaining page-turner that had me hooked from the first word.

I came across Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter while browsing the shelves of my local bookshop and I fell in love with the cover the moment I saw it. The iconic image of Victoria in her mourning dress with the addition of a bloody axe in one hand and a decapitated head in the other is priceless. And if there was ever any doubt that I had to own this book it was banished by the tagline: She loved her country. She hated zombies.

The book follows a young Victoria (despite what the cover image may suggest) from the moment she becomes queen at the tender age of eighteen, through her engagement and marriage to Prince Albert and the birth of their first two children. Moorat has stayed quite close to the actual events in Victoria's life while throwing in zombies, demons and the occasional werewolf.

I sometimes find that in books based on historical fact (however loosely) the characters derived from real people can be flat or wooden. But I was pleased to see that this was not the case here. Victoria is a strong-willed character and Moorat does a good job of giving her a very real personality that a modern audience can relate to. Her love for Albert burns brightly throughout this story and it helps to mould and shape the young queen. I also liked how Victoria takes the revelations of supernatural events in her stride and she adapts quickly to her new role.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 22 Oct 2009
By Penny Waugh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I couldn't resist buying this for the title, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't give many details or it would spoil the plot, but this is exciting, funny, gruesome and I shall never be able to think of Queen Victoria in the same way again.
She is quite splendid - if I had a hat I would take it off to her!
Now waiting impatiently for the next Moorat book next year . . .
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good (geddit?) 19 Oct 2009
By Broom71
Format:Paperback
Heads will roll in the Palace once the source of A. E. Moorat's extraordinary exposé is unmasked. Literally. For now we know the truth, and can gasp in wonder at this hitherto secret aspect of the Monarch's constitutional role. Who would have thought the old bird had it in her?

Funny, gruesome, wildly inventive and hugely entertaining, this is so much more than just a mash-up. I can't wait to see where (and when) the mysterious Mr (Ms?) Moorat goes next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Old Queen meets the Monsters!" 30 Nov 2012
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This is not what I was expecting. The title and tagline "She loved her country, she hated zombies" suggest a comedy & although there is humour, it's actually played fairly straight.

The devil's hordes have been insinuating themselves into the royal family to control the country and on accession to the throne (and following a close encounter with a succubus)Queen Victoria learns the truth from Prime Minister Lord Melbourne. She meets The Protectorate who are led by the Brown family including proud warrior Maggie, her trainer John & their clairvoyant son John Jr who is the ghillie who later became famous as her close companion & comfort of her widowhood.
Victoria learns quickly and become an able warrior but she may lack the wisdom she needs. She suspects her mother's Comptroller may be among the devilment, but is this true or based merely on the fact she can't stand him?

The characters are good ones notably warrior Maggie, the depraved Quimby and his undead servant ansd the Queen herself. Moorat has done enough research to make his Victoria seem authentic.

Moorat's monsters are a mix, werewolves & zombies who can still hold conversations and succubi number among them. He doesn't shie away from gore. Battle scenes plus zombie chow down moments leave you in no doubt as to how high his mental budget for entrails is!

The humour comes from a House of Commons awash with zombies and from Quimby. Quimby is turned on by the sight of a dead prostitute's leg that he has generously attached to the stump where his undead factotum lost one. this is a nice nod to the Victorian idea that bare ankles could inflame passions!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the battiest concepts I've ever read. It ...
One of the battiest concepts I've ever read. It is mildly amusing, rather than laugh out loud, though. Still worth a look in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Victoria Demon Hunter by A E Moorat
I so enjoyed Henry VIII Wolfman by the same author, I immediately bought Queen Victoria Demon Hunter - and it was just as good. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Carroty Nell
4.0 out of 5 stars We are Amused..
I choose this book as I liked Abraham Lincon Vampire Slayer and thought this would be similar. it was an enjoyable read, easy going with enough real history to make it plausable.
Published on 14 Aug 2012 by W. Fuller
1.0 out of 5 stars Good for the loo
After reading this book, which incidentally, was a present, I wondered why the author had bothered to write it. Read more
Published on 26 May 2012 by Arthur le Chat
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I loved this took it on holiday with me and couldn't put it down, very well put together and a joy to read from page to page, thrilling enjoyable fun book, if you like a story with... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Mrs. L. Yeo
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Picked this book up as it sounded like some much needed tongue-in-cheek fun featuring the Queen of England and some walking dead. However, the only dead was the writing itself. Read more
Published on 16 July 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Queen Victoria - But not as we know her.....
I was really looking forward to reading this but I feel abit let down. I wasn't sure if it was meant to be scary or funny - it didn't really scare me (and there were parts of it... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2011 by SazzyMCH
3.0 out of 5 stars Entirely unoriginal; entirely fun
There has been something of a fad recently for mixing up "period drama" and zombies, the most well-known of which is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2010 by D. R. Cantrell
1.0 out of 5 stars Bin
Only place for this book ..... the only book I have ever thrown away in my life, couldn't even think of anyone to give it to. Threw it away after about thirty pages.
Published on 20 Aug 2010 by Janice,
3.0 out of 5 stars We were quite amused
"She loved her country. She hated zombies" Announces the cover, which also, perhaps rather unfortunately, portrays the iconic image of the widowed Queen, in her mourning dress, but... Read more
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