Villainology is a veritable who’s who of characters from the underworld. Be they fictitious or all-too-genuine baddies, they are bound together by their infamous deeds. Author Arthur Slade takes a lighthearted view, nonetheless, and provides personal stats, their likes and dislikes, their high-school memories and an amazing array of cool facts along with up close and personal “interviews.” Readers will not only come away amused, they will come away with an enlarged store of general knowledge. Among the fourteen notable villains included are: The Wicked Witch of the West, Attila the Hun, The Wolf, Billy the Kid, The Headless Horseman, Morgan le Fay, Quin Hui, The Invisible Man, Scarface Capone, and a lineup of Shakespeare’s most memorable villains. Never-before-seen portraits of each by artist Derek Mah, make for a deliciously delectable rogue’s gallery.
About Arthur Slade
Arthur Slade was raised in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan and began writing at an early age. He received an English honor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan, spent several years in advertising and is now a full-time fiction writer. He is the author of the “Northern Frights” series, the “Canadian Chills” series, Dust, which won the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, and Tribes. Monsterology was his first “creepy” collection, and this is his second. His most recent novel is Megiddo’s Shadow. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife, Brenda, and daughter, Tori.
About Derek Mah
Derek Mah draws and paints in Calgary, Alberta, in the company of his wife Cari, two cats, and a pair of guinea pigs. He has spent the past twenty years trying to convince anyone who will listen that it is a real job, too.
Praise for Monsterology:
“… a funny, fascinating look inside the lives of fifteen creepy characters … Each six-page entry features a terrific black-and-white illustration…”
— School Library Journal
“Derek Mah’s black-and-white illustrations are very good at doing ghoul. Within this structure, Slade lets fly with vernacular so hip that it might hurt were it not so appropriate for his intended audience… Knowledge of monsters is every child’s birthright, and Slade does his part here by packing a considerable amount of information into each of his sketches.”
— The Globe and Mail
“…[T]he book to buy for kids who wonder where a blood-sucking fiend comes from or how badly
a Sasquatch smells.”
— Editor’s pick, Canadian Living