Written in 1896, "The Island of Dr. Moreau" is one of the earliest scientific romances. An instant sensation, it was meant as a commentary on Darwin's theory of evolution, which H. G. Wells stoutly believed. The story centers on the depraved Dr. Moreau, who conducts unspeakable animal experiments on a remote tropical island, with hideous, humanlike results. Edward Prendick, an English-man whose misfortunes bring him to the island, is witness to the Beast Folk's strange civilization and their eventual terrifying regression. While gene-splicing and bioengineering are common practices today, readers are still astounded at Wells's haunting vision and the ethical questions he raised a century before our time.
About the Author
Tom English is an environmental chemist who enjoys writing weird stuff. His stories have appeared in several print anthologies including Challenger Unbound (KnightWatch Press, May 30, 2015), Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes (Edge SF and Fantasy) and Dead Souls (Morrigan Books). Tom also edited the mammoth Bound for Evil: Curious Tales of Books Gone Bad, which was a 2008 Shirley Jackson Award finalist for best anthology. He resides with his wife, Wilma, surrounded by books and beasts, deep in the woods of New Kent, Virginia.
Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. His two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House, were international bestsellers. Two of Peter s most recent novels, Lost Boy Lost Girl and In the Night Room, were winners of the Bram Stoker award. In 2006, he was given the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Peter and his wife live in New York City.
“The Island of Dr. Moreau takes us into an abyss of human nature. This book is a superb piece of storytelling.”
—V. S. Pritchett