The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey
Really good horror series.. very exciting, very gruesome, and moves right along at a very good pace.
good monsters.. written very well, as natural things.
The series is written from the point of view of master Will Henry.. a 12 year old orphan in the late 1800s who is taken in by the eminent Dr. Pellinore Warthrop upon the deaths of his parents. (Something Warthrop had no small part in).
Dr. Warthrop is a scientist.. a studier of Aberrent Biology... Monstrumology. Monsters are just that.. aberrent biology, and when the series takes a dip into the supernatural in the second volume, it is fun reading the inner arguments among the Monstrumological Society as to their reality or not.
There's three books in the series as of yet, and I'm in the middle of the third. Good, quick, fun books to read.
There's a lot of tie-ins with horror figures of the time.. Dr. Warthrop may or may not be friends with Jack the Ripper,, if indeed that is who Jack Kearns turns out to be.. Dr. Warthrop was taught in the arts of Monstrumology by Dr. Abraham Von Helrung,, who goes on to make his name in another book chasing the most famous vampire of all time.
(a fun undercurrent is that Dr. Helrung definitely believes in the supernatural, and his trying to convince the ever-analytical stalwart Warthrop of the existence of vampires, and, as it turns out in the second book, the Wendigo.)
If you like a good fast paced action pack monster series.. these are a LOT of fun. There have been scenes that I have read with white knuckles, and I often have to force myself to put it down so I can get back to work.