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The Taxidermist's Lover

The Taxidermist's Lover - Polly Hall

The Taxidermist's Lover


A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly

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A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


" . . . A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." - Booklist, Starred Review

" . . . a luxurious, macabre romance." - Foreword Reviews, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Day

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." - Publishers Weekly

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

When Scarlett meets taxidermist Henry, a passionate love affair commences. One year later, on Christmas Day, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of their intense relationship and tries to unravel her obsession with Henry's taxidermy creatures and the influence of his rival, Felix. Both enchanted and entrapped by the isolated rural environment on the Somerset moorland she calls home, Scarlett reaches out to her only remaining family, twin brother Rhett, to make sense of the secrets they share. Soon Scarlett realizes that past promises have far reaching consequences. Drenched in the torrential rains of rural South West England and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly


From award-winning author Polly Hall comes a "lyrical debut" (Booklist, Starred Review) and contemporary gothic tale "filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death" (NYT Book Review).

A modern Gothic tale of a woman obsessed with her lover's taxidermy creatures and haunted by her past.

One stormy Christmas, Scarlett recalls the ebb and flow of a yearlong love affair with Henry, a renowned taxidermist. Obsessed with his taxidermy creatures, she pushes him to outdo his colleague and world-famous rival in a crescendo of species-blending creativity. Scarlett will not be able to avoid a reckoning with her own past as Henry's inventions creep into her own thoughts, dreams, and desires.

Drenched in the torrential rains of the Somerset moorland and the sensual pleasures of the characters, The Taxidermist's Lover lures you ever deeper into Scarlett's delightfully eerie world.

Bram Stoker Award Shortlist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel - IPPY Awards 2021 Gold Medal Winner

"Hall's writing is lush, filled with startling conclusions about the nature of art and love and death." -New York Times Book Review

"The menace increases slowly but relentlessly, permeating every corner, and the twists, plentiful but also well earned, pile up, resolving in a near-perfect horror ending . . . [A] lyrical debut, told with the confidence of a veteran." -Booklist, Starred Review

"Creepy and sensual . . . the tension between Scarlett and Henry is riveting . . . making The Taxidermist's Lover a luxurious, macabre romance." -Foreword Reviews

"As strange as it is disturbing . . . It's [Scarlett's] highly personal confessional tone, exposed internal conflicts, grotesque dreams, and desires that draw the reader in." -Kirkus Reviews

"Rich, decadent prose . . . allusions to The Bride of Frankenstein nicely ground the ending in the gothic tradition." -Publishers Weekly

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