Raw Dog Screaming. Feb. 2024. 180p. ISBN 9781947879676. $17.95. HORROR
The latest from McGregor (Wasps in the Ice Cream) is a hauntingly lonesome tale that imagines the bride of Frankenstein. McGregor pummels readers with the desperation of the Isle of Eynhallow and the brutality of life for protagonist Agnes. When wealthy and desperate Victor Frankenstein comes to the island, bringing hope and unthinkable terror, he also brings something else—the creature. This beautifully written story expands masterfully on Mary Shelley’s classic tale while comfortably standing on its own and adds a unique spin that will keep readers glued to the pages. The novel boasts near-perfect pacing, compelling voices, and spine-tingling thrills that almost vibrate on the page. It’s a true onslaught to the senses and will thrill readers.
VERDICT This is a must-buy for libraries that are looking to add fresh new horror to their collection. The story has broad appeal and will entice patrons with its additions to the classic Frankenstein story, as well as horror readers seeking something new. Recommend to those who liked T. Kingfisher’s What Moves the Dead and Philip Fracassi’s Boys in the Valley.
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