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The Taxidermist's Lover

The Taxidermist's Lover

By Polly Hall
Categories: Fiction, Horror, Gothic, Suspense, Literary
Imprint: CamCat Books
Hardcover : 9780744300376, 256 pages, December 2020
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744300420, 320 pages, December 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744300390, December 2020
Audiobook : 9780744300406, December 2020
Paperback : 9780744303810, 256 pages, December 2020
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A contemporary Gothic tale of a woman haunted by her past and trapped in her husband’s passion on the Somerset moors.



“Hall’s writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death. ” —New York Times Book Review

“Things were never quite the same after you started mixing up the species.” When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry’s taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix.

Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist’s Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett’s delightfully eerie world.


  • Short-listed, Bram Stoker Award 2020


“The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran. ” —Booklist, Starred Review

“Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist’s Lover a luxurious, macabre romance. ” —Foreword Reviews

“As strange as it is disturbing . . . It’s [Scarlett’s] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in. ” —Kirkus Reviews

“Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition. ” —Publishers Weekly

“Hall’s writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death. ” —New York Times Book Review

- New York Times Book Review