When The Monstrumologist first hit bookshelves, I didn’t know much about it. It sounded cool, looked like it had potential, yada, yada, yada. And then I heard how truly horrorific (today’s Made-Up Word of the Day) it was, and, as a lover of Stephen King, I knew I had to read it. Unfortunately, it has not hit the top of my To-Read pile yet, so I can not personally attest to it’s outstandingness (which will be tomorrow’s Made-Up Word of the Day). And then I heard about all the hoopla surrounding Rick Yancey and how his publisher decided to discontinue the series, despite various awards and immense popularity.
Here’s the deal as I understand it…
Yancey had a contract with Simon & Schuster for three books in the Monstrumologist series. With the release of the third book coming up in less than a month, S&S will not be re-upping Yancey’s contract as a result of poor sales. The fates have decided there will not be a book 4 in the Monstrumologist saga, therefore cutting the tale of Will Henry drastically short.
The Monstrumologist was named a Printz Honor Book, and Curse of the Wendigo (Book 2 in the series) was an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. And THIS is the series they choose to discontinue?!
BUT! Because readers are AWESOME, fans have done everything to save the beloved series, including online petitions and writing
scathing letters to S&S to plead for the series’ survival. And ya know what? IT WORKED! Yancey announced yesterday on his FB page that there will indeed be a fourth book.
POWER TO THE READERS! HUZZAH!
Leila over at bookshelvesofdoom has an excellent interview with Yancey. I highly recommend giving it a read. Then, go to Amazon.com and pre-order book 3, Isle of Blood. You know, to show your support.
Needless to say, The Monstrumologist has skyrocketed to the top of my pile…