Epeolatry Book Review: Man-Beast by Deborah Sheldon

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Title: Man-Beast
Author: Deborah Sheldon
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Severed Press
Release Date: 6th September, 2021

Synopsis: Taylor’s Travelling Troupe of boxers has set up its tent at an isolated sheep station: bored farmers always bet to excess. Headlining the bare-knuckle fighters is Bluey, marketed as ‘The Man-Beast’, a Sasquatch-like monster, chained and kept drunk enough to fight punters without killing them. But the troupe has returned to where Bluey was first captured. Recognising the mountains, he calls again and again. And when his call is answered, all hell breaks loose.

I’ve heard of the big foot, the yeti, and even the skunk ape. But never have I come across the Yahoo-Devil-Devil. This is Australia’s version of the elusive cryptid also known as the Yowie, a creature from Aboriginal folklore.

In Deborah Sheldon’s Man-Beast we follow the thrill-ride of Bluey–one such Yowie creature–as it escapes from its cage in a traveling boxing show in the 1913 Australian outback. This book has everything: kangaroos, dingoes, a Model-T Ford, rigged boxing matches, and a whole tribe of giant cryptids!

Bluey, though an extremely violent creature, is very likable. We empathize with him and root for him throughout as he wracks up a substantial body-count. And much like King Kong, he befriends a young damsel, Pearl, the book’s main POV character.

Be sure to check out this rock ‘em sock ‘em gonzo gorefest from down under. You won’t be disappointed.

 out of 5 ravens.

Available from Amazon.

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