The Resurrectionists

The Resurrectionists

by Michael Patrick Hicks

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The Resurrectionists 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
tracy_reads79 3 months ago
“Few things in life, he had discovered, were as satisfying as holding a human heart in one’s own hand….” This is the second book I have read by Michael Patrick Hicks. Last year, his novella Broken Shells was one of my top books of 2018. I went into this with an expectation of lush, yet exacting detail, and a unique storyline. If you’ve ever read one of his pieces, whether a book or a book review, you know that this guy can WRITE. I was not disappointed. Coupled with this author’s aptitude as a wordsmith is a fastidious attention to detail in regards to the historical time period covered in this novella. I hadn’t previously read about the the Doctor’s Riot of 1788, and when I completed The Resurrectionists, I immediately did some very minor research of my own. I was pleasantly surprised that Hicks’ depiction of the the events leading up to and at the heart of the riot felt reliable and engaging. Historical fiction, particularly historical horror, can be a hit or miss for me and this checked all the boxes. My only criticism of this novella is that I feel like it needed MORE. More background and information regarding Salem Hawley, the Resurrectionists, and a few other characters. I do realize that this is an intended series and I am only on book 1. I really think that this story might work better as a lengthier novel. I’ve seen other readers state the exact opposite (which is completely fine), but I was left with the feeling that I had only seen the surface of things. This, then, caused me to be a little less invested in some of the BEST action scenes. Regardless of the above, I am most definitely looking forward to the completion of this series. Hicks’ propensity to nail the reader with some of the most startling and gruesome scenes in horror fiction is one of my favorite parts about his work. More importantly it is pertinent to the plot and isn’t gratuitous. There is a reason, a call of sorts, for these scenes to exist. I put the book down a few times in the most extreme scenes and flipped those pages at a dash in others. My horror heart was happy. Truly excited to see where this series leads me.
Screamreader 3 months ago
A dark tale filled with dread and death (in all the best ways). Lush and bloody, this story weaves history and horror into a nerve-jarring story. Read in one sitting. Looking forward to more Salem.
ChrisFr1 4 months ago
It’s 1788 and New York City continues to develop in a post-Revolutionary War period of America. Slavery is rampant, people are separated into haves and have-nots by demographic and economic status as well as skin color. As the medical field continues to flourish, corpses are needed for learning purposes, despite how illegal it is. So, this shortage leads many to steal them from cemeteries, especially Negro cemeteries. Hereford and Bayley are medical doctors, seeking corpses not just for learning, but to perform sick experiments. Sending lackeys to acquire bodies for them by any means necessary, the indigent are found and killed in the name of dark science! Removing hearts from bodies while the people are still alive, what is their sinister purpose for doing so? Meanwhile, Salem Hawley is a Negro soldier who fought to help liberate America from the British. He’s outraged at the desecration of his dead brethren and decides to fight back in the best way he knows how. But as he gets drawn ever deeper into this situation, what will he find at the heart of these defilements and will he be able to extricate himself from it without the loss of his life? This is an intriguing premise for a novel and the author's storytelling causes such a terror, it messes up your insides, like someone with a fork inside your torso and slowly wrapping your intestines around it like spaghetti. It induces a high sense of queasiness and moral outrage that rings very true as I read it. Using post-war America as a setting for horror is an unusual idea. The author maximizes it and fills it with captivating characters and tantalizing situations. Hawley is a deep character, richly drawn and filled with a lot of hurt and pain from his history as a soldier. As a free Negro who fought in the war, his plight, righteous indignation, fear for the future and his anger at how the resurrectionists defile Negro corpses makes him a more fully rounded character whom the reader can root for. Despite the odds stacked against him, he uses his intelligence and cunning to manipulate the charged atmosphere between Negroes and Whites in the name of justice. As a result, these attempts to help rectify these wrongs is especially gratifying. His passion for helping his people is keenly felt over the course of this novella. All of this combines into a conclusion where his enemies try to summon a creature from an otherworldly dimension. It’s a wild, horrifying cacophony of carnage, with blood, bone, gristle, exploding heads and strange creatures indiscriminately killing left and right. The situation reaches its apex and the intensity of the danger is disturbingly real. It’s a thrill ride the likes of which you have never experienced before. The conclusion is satisfying and leaving room for growth into the next novella in the series. To me, the author appears really inspired by this story and hits on some really raw nerves in the process as the story unfurls. Since this is the first novella in a series, I really want to see where he takes this story and what otherworldly realms we visit next. Just don’t use my corpse for science before the next novella comes out, please. I want to see what happens next. Please note I received an advance copy of this ebook through NetGalley.
Bojoura 4 months ago
Unfortunately this was not my read, although I had a difficult time with The Resurrectionists, it is not a bad book. I liked the creepiness, but the overall concept was too provocative and too explicit for my taste. While story was developing I thought the character of Salem Hawley wasn't developing enough. I really liked him and wish there had been more of him. But maybe this needs to be saved for the future of the series. For me it was too much about a villain's arousal at dead bodies, I would have liked to know more about the villain's motivations. The writing tough was really good and if you are a big fan of cosmic horror you'll have a great time with this book.