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The Undying Monster With A Vengeful Werewolf And A Dark Family Secret This Is An Early Horror Original Crawling With Supernatural Suspense An Ancient Family Curse And A Demonic Creature Are The Focus Of This Horror Mystery Penned By The Imaginative Jessie Douglas Kerruish An Unknown Monster Lurking In The Misty Pine Forests Has Plagued The Hammands For As Long As They Can Remember, And When Oliver Is Savagely Attacked, His Sister Acts In Desperation To Save Him From Madness Or DeathThe Only Possible Help Is Luna Bartendale, A Supersensitive Detective Who Soon Unravels To The Mystery Than Anyone Thought Possible Uncovering Occult Items, Strange Burials And Dark Family Secrets, The Shadow Of The Monster Draws Ever Nearer Soon They Realize They Must Risk Everything To Discover The Chilling Truth If They Are To Survive And Prevent The Monster From Killing AgainFLAME TREE From Mystery To Crime, Supernatural To Horror And Fantasy To Science Fiction, Flame Tree Offers A Healthy Diet Of Werewolves And Mechanical Men, Blood Lusty Vampires, Dastardly Villains, Mad Scientists, Secret Worlds, Lost Civilizations And Escapist Fantasies Discover A Storehouse Of Tales Gathered Specifically For The Reader Of The Fantastic Each Book Features A Brand New Biography And Glossary Of Literary, Gothic And Victorian Terms


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  1. says:

    So I wanted to watch the 1942 horror film THE UNDYING MONSTER and then found out it was based on a 1922 novel I checked my never to be finished in my lifetime reading lists and, yep, there it was I ordered the Ash Tree Press fine purveyors of beautiful reprints and collections of vintage supernatural writings done in such small numbers that we mere peasants cannot afford them edition from inter library loan Instead, I got sent an old Macmillan Company edition published in 1936 from some l So I wanted to watch the 1942 horror film THE UNDYING MONSTER and then found out it was based on a 1922 novel I checked my never to be finished in my lifetime reading lists and, yep, there it was I ordered the Ash Tree Press fine purveyors of beautiful reprints and collections of vintage supernatural writings done in such small numbers that we mere peasants cannot afford them edition from inter library loan Instead, I got sent an old Macmillan Company edition published in 1936 from some library in Utah viva Inter Library loan.I have some things to say about this book but if you think you re likely to actually read it, perhaps you shouldn t read much further Short version for you enjoyable, if excessively wordy typical of the time, and not as bad as some from this period horror novel modern readers won t find it scary, probably exploration of that horror staple, the ancient family curse that has haunted the local gentry for eons mixed in with some post WWI era psychic sleuthing and a healthy dollop of love amongst the well to do If that sounds good, go for it There s some stuff to like here.Okay, that out of the way THE UNDYING MONSTER opens with a bang as view spoiler young Swanhild Hammand drives through the windy, cold Sussex night on a mission of mercy to rescue her brother Oliver from being killed by the monster that has haunted their family as an ancestral curse forthan a thousand years yes, that s right She finds him beaten but unconscious, his lady friend barely alive and his dog torn to pieces It s quite an exciting opening From there, a supersensitive psychic sleuth, Lily Bartendale, is brought in to help unravel the family mystery This leads to much examinations of old documents, local legends, hypnosis, memory regression, the excavation of a barrow, a hidden room, a hand of glory, ancient runes, Norse mythology and the re appearance of the hulking, savage monster for a final showdown THE UNDYING MONSTER is a potboiler of the time As stated, it has some of the overwrought writing style of the time why use 5 words when 20 will do and some of the stodginess as well Ms Bartendale makes much of pooh pooing silly ideas about mediums and spiritualists because, you see, she s an up to date supersensitive using her scientifically sound powers based on proven concepts like, for example, that the supernatural is really the fourth dimension and beyond that is a fifth dimension as well And hereditary memory works because strong emotional events and mental processes leave imprints on the brain and these are passed down through bloodlines, so, of course you can articulate what your 5th century Warlock ancestor was thinking when you re in a hypnotic trance It s all very scientific and not silly superstition at all, you see.All that s forgivable, of course, and if earnest goofiness like that turns you off, well, you re probably not reading this anyway There s also the suddenly I m in love with you mush twaddle typical of any time period s writing, alas and some semi evocative attempts at landscape description at times this works, there s a feel for the foggy downs and heaths and the pagan chalk giant that looms over the town on the local hill But at other times it just feels like a laundry list of local description that gets in the way Some of the suspense sequences work the opening and a night time car race across open countryside and the finale involving ancestral identities, hypnotic regression, Wagner s music and Gotterdamerung is kind of neat, if too long There s an interesting, if indirectly acknowledged, aspect to this book as well it takes place immediately post WWI and the two main male characters are British veterans of that awful war one has a missing arm While there s some talk of surviving the war and one s skills and courage coming to the fore, the specter of some of thecynical, hopeless and nihilistic feelings that arose from WWI are evident during the characters darkest moments, and their rallying back to hope, their needing to articulate reasons for living in the face of overwhelming odds or mere lack of faith in life, are, well, interesting Let s leave it at that But you may have noticed that I haven t mentioned a crucial point yet.Pretty much anyone reading this book nowadays is reading it because it appears on certain lists, specifically lists of noteworthy werewolf books and stories And that pretty much makes the central mystery of this book not a mystery at all for potential modern readers So the whole gradual unfolding of the mystery, in which Ms Bartendale discovers the truth early, lets another character in on it a little later, after which another character discovers part but not all of it after that, until it s finally unveiled in the last quarter.well, it s not much of a mystery at all I really can t judge if I would have found it puzzling and engaging if I didn t know what kind of creature the monster was beforehand, as there is lots of other stuff to distract the reader The use of Norse mythology is novel and welcome hide spoiler Basically, this is a solid, if stodgy, read for fans who are historians of the genre but not for many others


  2. says:

    It was around five years ago that I had the pleasure of watching the 1942 horror thriller The Undying Monster on DVD I was moderately impressed with the film, enough to write the following B material given A execution is how film historian Drew Casper describes 20th Century Fox s first horror movie, 1942 s The Undying Monster, in one of the DVD s extras, and dang if the man hasn t described this movie to a T The film, a unique melding of the detective, Gothic and monster genres, though u It was around five years ago that I had the pleasure of watching the 1942 horror thriller The Undying Monster on DVD I was moderately impressed with the film, enough to write the following B material given A execution is how film historian Drew Casper describes 20th Century Fox s first horror movie, 1942 s The Undying Monster, in one of the DVD s extras, and dang if the man hasn t described this movie to a T The film, a unique melding of the detective, Gothic and monster genres, though uniformly well acted by its relatively no name cast, features a trio of first rate artists behind the camera who really manage to put this one over And the film s script isn t half bad either Here, Scotland Yard scientist Robert Curtis James Ellison comes to eerie Hammond Hall, a brooding pile on the English coast, sometime around 1900, to investigate some recent attacks ascribed to the legendary Hammond monster Viewers expecting this legend of a voracious predator to wind up being explained in an anticlimactic, mundane fashion may be a bit surprised at how things play out Ellison is fine in his no nonsense, modern detective role he uses a spectrograph to analyze various clues , and Heather Angel who does have the face of one , playing the house s mistress, is equally good But, as I ve mentioned, it is the contributions of three men behind the scenes that really turn this little B into a work of art Director John Brahm, who would go on to helm Fox s The Lodger and Hangover Square, and DOP Lucien Ballard have combined their formidable talents to make a picture that is noirish, moody and fast moving, with superb use of light and shadow And composer David Raksin, who two years later would achieve enduring fame for his score for that classiest of film noirs, Laura, has co contributed some background music here that is both mysterious and exciting Fox head Darryl F Zanuck apparently had hopes that The Undying Monster would be the opening salvo in his studio s bid to challenge Universal s monster domination, and in retrospect, it does seem like a fair way to start This DVD, by the way, looks just fantastic, and sportsextras than you would believe capable of accompanying a minor B All in all, a very pleasant surprise But what I failed to mention in that minireview back then was that this Fox picture was hardly an original conception of the studio, but was rather based on a 1922 novel by English authoress Jessie Douglas Kerruish And now that I have finally read the original source material, I can recognize the film for what it is a watered down, abridged version of an infinitelycomplex story, and a film whose debt to Universal Studios 1941 classic The Wolf Man is a considerably large one As for the novel, whose full title is actually The Undying Monster A Tale of the Fifth Dimension, it was Kerruish s third out of an eventual four, released when its author was 38 This book was the anomaly of Kerruish s oeuvre the others, Miss Haroun al Raschid 1917 , The Girl From Kurdistan 1918 and Babylonian Nights Entertainment 1934 , as their titles might suggest, all dealt with Middle Eastern themes The 1922 novel, on the other hand, was pretty much straight out horror, set in a rather Gothically inflected England and combined with a 1,000 year old mystery into one very atmospheric brew.In the book, World War I has just about decimated the entire Hammand family why the film changed Hammand to Hammond is quite beyond me , to the point where only brother Oliver and sister Swanhild remain at the ancestral castle in the Sussex village of Dannow When a village woman is brutally murdered, and Oliver s pet mastiff is literally torn apart, it becomes horribly apparent that the Hammand curse has struck again For a millennium, some kind of creature has been attacking the villagers, but only on cold, starlit nights, and under firs or pines Now, however, after an absence of some four decades, the undying monster would seem to have returned To assist in their dilemma, Swanhild and her fianc , Goddard Covert, enlist the aid of self styled supersensitive Luna Bartendale, who, Swanhild declares, combines the functions of the White Witch and detective And remarkably, employing her trusty divining rod, old fashioned footwork, some archaeological digging, historical research, hypnosis and the use of racial memories, Luna IS able to discover the monster s secretto the dismay of her Hammand employers.OK, I m not going to lie to you The Undying Monster was something of a labor for me to get through, but only because I happen to be one of those oddballs who feels the need to look up every single word, place name and historical reference of which I m not familiar when reading I ve always found that a little extra work usually pays big dividends as regards a fuller appreciation, and such was surely the case here, but my goodness, how much research Kerruish herself must have done, preparatory to penning her book In short, readers should be prepared to bone up on their War of the Roses, Norse mythology, and medieval English and Danish history while committing to this novel, and be ready to encounter a lot of 100 year old British slang napoo, anyone You don t know about Foxe s Book of Martyrs, the Marian persecution of 1555, or the type of swords that were used in 700 B.C You will, by the time you finish Kerruish s work Fortunately, having said all that, I must also report that the book in question IS a fascinating one, with great suspense, a truly engaging mystery, some beautifully written passages overwritten, some might fairly accuse , and interesting characters And foremost among those interesting characters is Luna Bartendale herself, a character wholly excised from the 1942 film in favor of theprosaic Scotland Yard inspector Petite, bedimpled and golden curled, Luna is yet completely in charge of events, dominating every scene that she appears in What a shame that Kerruish did not use her as the central character in an ongoing series of stories an Edwardian era supernatural detective a la Algernon Blackwood s John Silence, William Hope Hodgson s Thomas Carnacki, and Aleister Crowley s Simon Iff To be quite fair, events at the conclusion of The Undying Monster do preclude Luna appearing again in another, similar tale a pity Ultimately, as mentioned, Luna does succeed in the Dannow case, a case that had earlier stumped real life personages Madame Helena Blavatsky and Prof William Crookes the mention of these two famous spiritualist researchers adds both humor and credence to the affair There s nothing so actively alive as the dead, Luna declares just one of many wonderful quotes from this most remarkable woman Kerruish s tale is somewhat complexly plotted, and a slow and careful reading is necessary to process all the many bits of disparate evidence that Luna sometimes literally unearths So yes, the book is challenging, but ultimately rewarding, and the pseudoscientific explanation that Kerruish gives us for the monster s origin is an intriguing one A most impressive piece of work, all around I would like to say a word now about the edition of The Undying Monster that I just read It is from a U.K publisher called Flame Tree 451, and, to be blunt, is an absolute disgrace The book containstypographical errors of every description than any other book I have ever read, and dozens of them on practically every page Thus, punctuation is a complete botch, Swanhild s name is spelt three different ways on the second page Swanhild, Swanbild and Swanhuld , the word monster turns into Kenster , cataclysm becomes catadysnr, Magnus is transformed into Ivlagnus and on and on, to the point where the book becomes, at times, borderline unreadable Between the complexity of the story itself, the requisite research involved and the flabbergasting number of typos, I often felt as if I were translating this book, rather than reading it As a proofreader and copy editor myself, I found this edition of an English classic deplorable, and so availed myself of the publisher s e mail address, which is accurately given halleleujah on the book s back cover I asked whether or not ALL their books had been brought to market without the benefit of a thorough proofreading, because if so, I would not be able to purchase any others from their impressive catalog And Flame Tree 451 DOES have any number of comparatively rare titles that I would be interested in acquiring, such as Algernon Blackwood s Jimbo, Jules Verne s Robur the Conqueror, John Buchan s Witch Wood and Sax Rohmer s Brood of the Witch Queen They never responded to my e mail Thus, I must assume that all their books are in a similar, execrable state, and would warn all readers away from this British outfit The Undying Monster deserves to be in bookstores, and to be made available to a new generation of readers I urge all lovers of vintage horror to experience itbut please, do so in another edition This review, by the way, originally appeared on the FanLit website at a most excellent destination for all fans of this type of fare


  3. says:

    I m a huge fan of the 1942 film of the same name, and so I was excited to read the book upon which it was based Aside from the broad strokes of plot, they re actually pretty different form one another, and while I still love the movie, the book certainly has some advantages Notably, that the book is a whole lot weirder It s got past life regressions and a hand of glory and Norse mythology and ancient barrows and a chalk figure of a giant man and etc etc Like I said, a lot weirder It s also I m a huge fan of the 1942 film of the same name, and so I was excited to read the book upon which it was based Aside from the broad strokes of plot, they re actually pretty different form one another, and while I still love the movie, the book certainly has some advantages Notably, that the book is a whole lot weirder It s got past life regressions and a hand of glory and Norse mythology and ancient barrows and a chalk figure of a giant man and etc etc Like I said, a lot weirder It s also got a frequently delightful character in the form of lady psychic investigator Luna Bartendale.While I adore the investigator characters in the movie, I am a little sad that Miss Bartendale didn t make it in


  4. says:

    What a wild ride The Undying Monster reads like a Gothic serial but with the recent memory of World War One hanging over the characters It s got ancient curses, Norse mythology, family secrets, red herrings, and anything else you could want from what feels like a later period penny dreadful I enjoyed seeing a woman in the role of occult detective, and I found her and the other characters endearing enough compared to a lot of similar books, I could feel that this one was written by a woman, What a wild ride The Undying Monster reads like a Gothic serial but with the recent memory of World War One hanging over the characters It s got ancient curses, Norse mythology, family secrets, red herrings, and anything else you could want from what feels like a later period penny dreadful I enjoyed seeing a woman in the role of occult detective, and I found her and the other characters endearing enough compared to a lot of similar books, I could feel that this one was written by a woman, mainly in the way the characters and relationships are portrayed Kerruish s prose is pretty purple delightful or annoying, depending on your tolerance for that The Flame Tree 451 edition is riddled with typos I have to wonder if they just printed the text from a corrupted PDF file , so not worth buying at full price, but if you can get it used or at the library, and you enjoy Gothic melodrama with a good helping of weird pseudo science, this one is short enough that it s worth checking out It s bizarre enough to be of interest to fans of the genre time period


  5. says:

    I started to type a review and then found that Sandy had already said everything I was planning to say So please, read her review, because it s completely accurate about everything, both the book s strengths and its weaknesses But if you want to know what I thought of the book myself, I found it to be gothic in 1920s England , atmospheric, dramatic, well researched, compelling I couldn t put it down , puzzling, tragic in places and, ultimately, gloriously fun As Sandy says, there are coun I started to type a review and then found that Sandy had already said everything I was planning to say So please, read her review, because it s completely accurate about everything, both the book s strengths and its weaknesses But if you want to know what I thought of the book myself, I found it to be gothic in 1920s England , atmospheric, dramatic, well researched, compelling I couldn t put it down , puzzling, tragic in places and, ultimately, gloriously fun As Sandy says, there are countless errors in punctuation and spelling, which is why I marked it down, and I would strongly advise you to find an edition which has been better proofread, but I genuinely enjoyed Kerruish s book despite such irksome flaws


  6. says:

    Despite the hilariously terrible cover, this was probably the best postwar Gothic Scandinavian English Theosophist werewolf drawing room mystery I ve ever read.


  7. says:

    This was utterly amazing One of the best books I ve read Written in 1922 by a deaf woman it is a wonderful occult tale of suspense, in a big old mansion with a family curse What makes this book unique is that it s all about the women in it It starts with the daughter saving her brother and a servant girl from the monster, then has her using the Post office directories to find a woman Occultist investigator that she heard of For all the 20s books I ve read about occultism in the 20s This was utterly amazing One of the best books I ve read Written in 1922 by a deaf woman it is a wonderful occult tale of suspense, in a big old mansion with a family curse What makes this book unique is that it s all about the women in it It starts with the daughter saving her brother and a servant girl from the monster, then has her using the Post office directories to find a woman Occultist investigator that she heard of For all the 20s books I ve read about occultism in the 20s this was the FIRST I found where the person with all the knowledge was a woman and that was WONDERFUL I wish someone would make this into a new film or tv series It would be glorious Definitely recommended


  8. says:

    Cliched and dull, couldn t get beyond the first fifty pages before starting to skim read it Not recommended


  9. says:

    4 stars from Sandy 4 stars from Sandy


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