Earlier this year, I found myself in a bookshop where I found these really cheap prints of classic books with some amazing looking covers published by Arcturus Publishing. The simplistic yet stylish covers caught my eye and with the great price, I decided to get a few.
While browsing, I came across a name that I vaguely recognised; The Island of Dr. Moreau. Where have I seen this before?
I recalled a hot summer day ten years ago, when I was still in high school. After writing a gruelling Dramatic Arts exam, I came home and plonked myself in-front of the TV. As usual, there was nothing on. So, I flipped through channels and found myself on the classic film channel.
On the screen were these funny-looking beast people in some decent prosthetics and makeup of the time, being 1977. The movie was near its end and for some reason, without any context at all, I decided to stick around and see what happened. Well, I watched the tail end of a movie. But the name stuck with me, The Island of Dr. Moreau.
I had no idea it was originally a book written by the great H.G Wells. So, I decided to grab it.
The Horror of Morality (Or, Lack Thereof)
I’ll say off the bat; despite being written in the late 1800s, this book is not for the faint of heart. Especially, if you like animals. The book revolves around the scientific testing on animals, including some horrid scenes of vivisection. The book also dabbles with the morality in scientific research and when one goes too far.
It also tackles religion and the idea of man playing the role of a god. Though due to the period it was written, I did find myself looking up some words to understand it better. Other than that, it is an easy read and I highly recommend it to horror fans. The book moves at a fast pace and has quite the lean spine. This version had 190 pages.
H.G Wells has a very descriptive style of writing and he paints a picture vividly for his readers while keeping the pace going. I can see why he is regarded with such high esteem.
I’ve heard that there are some graphic novel adaptations as well but I’m thinking I should watch that 1977 film in full now that I’ve read the book.
If you have the stomach for it, give this one a read.