I discovered Barry Hutchison’s Invisible Fiends series earlier this year when I was looking through our new titles in the library. Children’s horror/ghost stories are one of my favourite genres and Barry has to be one of the best writers in this genre. The Invisible Fiends series is incredibly original and terrifically scary. Barry has taken the idea of an invisible friend, something that comforts children, and turned it into something that scares the pants off of me, let alone the children these books are aimed at.
I have no idea how he does it, but each book in the series gets creepier and he amps-up the terror. First there was Mr Mumbles, then Raggy Maggie, The Crow Master, and now there is Doc Mortis. On the Christchurch Kids Blog, Barry described Doc Mortis as “a deranged imaginary friend who hides in an old abandoned hospital and likes to think he’s a surgeon. He kidnaps children and performs operations on them while they are still awake, turning them inside out, giving them the heads of dogs, and much, much worse.” He’s also said on his own blog that Doc Mortis is the only book to have given him nightmares while writing it, so it’s going to be pretty freaky. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
Barry Hutchison has just started his Doc Mortis blog tour. Check Barry’s blog to find out where he is and when. One of the most exciting parts of the blog tour is that he is posting a five-part short story about the origins of Doc Mortis. The first part can be found at the excellent Book Zone for Boys blog, and it will send a chill through you.