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The Lunatic's Curse (Tales from the Sinister City 4) - F. E. Higgins

The Lunatic's Curse (Tales from the Sinister City 4) - F. E. Higgins

This title is from a 4-book set of the first YA Fiction (10+) series by F. E. Higgins.

Title: The Black Book of Secrets

Author:  F. E. Higgins

ISBN:  9780230532328

Weight:  724 g

Signed and dated first edition, first printing



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The Lunatic’s Curse by F. E. Higgins

Only available as part of a set, this is book #4 in the Tales from the Sinister City Series.

Deep within the heart of the Moiraean Mountains lies the town of Opum Oppidulum – home to the freezing Lake Beluarum and its rumoured monster.  An inescapable asylum stands in the centre of the lake, enclosed by the sheer cliffs of Drop Rock island.

When Ambrose Grammaticus, famous inventor and master engineer, viciously attacks his own son, Rex, he is hauled to the island and imprisoned.  Rex knows his evil stepmother, Acantha, is behind his father’s ‘madness’, but how can he prove it?  Only the asylum holds the answers…

This is a savage story of treachery, lunacy, greed, revenge and pure unadulterated wickedness.

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Peer & Press Reviews

The Lunatic’s Curse has a large cast of twisted characters and a winding plot that will keep readers delightfully immersed in macabre adventure.

School Library Journal

Gloriously macabre, with the darkly gothic Droprock Asylum, an inescapable institution for the mad, at its heart, this is a wickedly entertaining and sinister story.

Love Reading 4 Kids

Higgins’s horror-mystery is filled with Victorian streetscapes, contemptible characters with preposterous names (like Dr. Velhildegildus), and abundant suffering, David Copperfield–style.  Through its grisly revelations, epistolary elements, and wrenching conclusion, readers may catch equal hints of Poe and Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Publishers Weekly

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Lunatic’s Curse
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition featuresThis book is a taller (+31mm) than the first three books in the series - see set image.  This may be due to a change of illustrators for book 4, that is from David Wyatt to Sam Hadley.
SeriesTales from the Sinister City (#4)
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Book Stats
PublisherMacmillan Publishers
ImprintMacmillan Children’s Books
Age guide10+
Publication date
PrintedCPI Mackays, Chatham
ISBN 139780230532328
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)223 x 143 x 32mm
Image and Design Credits
DesignJames Fraser
Jacket illustrationSam Hadley

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