Hideous Creatures Paperback – 13 May 2014
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'A tale of adventure, a love story, an unveiling of quiet phantasmagoria and horrors and a coming of age story, this grips and enchants and you never want it to end. A seductive new voice.'
'A gothic road novel . . . the pace is well-handled throughout . . . This is the territory of Jungian archetypes, or the Seven Basic Plots, but the old ones are the good ones'
About the Author
S. E. Lister grew up in Gloucestershire, and studied Creative Writing at Warwick University. She has been reading stories since she was old enough to pick up a book, and writing them almost as long. Alongside her creative writing, she has written for various magazines and websites about philosophy and film.
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The biggest wow for me though was the carefully teased out themes running through the book from start to finish. (No spoilers here). When I first started reading I couldn't warm to a single character. By the end they had all served their purpose in extrapolating the ideas and philosophy they represented. I warmed to Arthur as his difficulties became clear. Hell, I even felt for his horribly disfunctional family.
There is not an ounce of fat in this fabulous tale and every thing and every one in it suck you in with the gravity of a gothic black hole. The effect is so strong that not even the miserable and repulsive Shelo is entrancing and worthy of sympathy, if not empathy.
Ultimately the themes are based on the truism that you cannot run from your problems and misery if you carry them with you. As a whole though this book is much more than that. A cracking good read.
Arthur Hallingham, the main character, is described as a young gentleman with a strange body. Having read the book, I still don’t know what’s wrong with his body exactly and why it is that people shun him. I also wasn’t able to connect with Arthur. Shelo, the native medicine man, on the other hand, is a guy I like. He is mysterious and he too has an odd body but in a very different way. Many people draw back in fear when they see Shelo, while others seek him out for help.
With Hideous Creatures, S. E. Lister wrote a book that reads like an original 19th century Gothic novel. It took quite some time to get used to the writing style and to find into the story, but when I did, the unusual plot gripped me. Hideous Creatures is a novel for fans of 19th century Gothic novels and those who like to read something different once in a while.
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