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Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A E Moorat
Hodder & Stoughton Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781444700268
Date: 15 October 2009 List Price 7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Yet more evidence of the current "Zombies are in" phenomenon is this curious release from Hodder, a publisher who tend to be very choosy about their genre output. Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter is a zombie-by-gaslight mash-up that is as silly as such things get and about as enjoyable too. Written by Andrew Holmes (author of the critically acclaimed Sleb and Criminal Records, both published by Sceptre) under the Victorian sounding pseudonym of A.E. Moorat, this is well worth a look.

"There were many staff at Kensington Palace, fulfilling many roles; a man who was employed to catch rats, another whose job it was to sweep the chimneys. That there was someone expected to hunt demons did not shock the new Queen; that it was to be her was something of a surprise.

London, 1838. Queen Victoria is crowned; she receives the orb, the sceptre, and an arsenal of blood-stained weaponry. Because if Britain is about to become the greatest power of the age, there's the small matter of the demons to take care of first... But rather than dreaming of demon hunting, it is her love for Prince Albert that occupies her thoughts. Can she dedicate her life to saving her country when her heart belongs elsewhere?

With lashings of glistening entrails, decapitations, and foul demons, this masterly new portrait will give a fresh understanding of a remarkable woman, a legendary monarch, and quite possibly the best Demon Hunter the world has ever seen..."

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