The Monster Who Wasn’t


All the monsters gather at The Hole on Hatching Day ‘to see if there are any new members to their packs’. The Imp, for whom the Crone has plans, is a curious, sparkling hatchling that intrigues the King of the Monsters. However, the mayhem caused by his human form results in the Crone losing him, as he follows a group of Gargoyles. Could they provide the safety he seeks? Furthermore, might they offer him advice about life above ground that this brand new creature needs?

The Imp is an enigma. Although he has human form he has neither family, nor name. What happens when the Imp appears to resemble one of a local family? Furthermore this family is curious about him and his origins. Could this be the family he needs? Or could it be, as Bladder the Gargoyle warns, that humans are ‘wet, soft, pink and stupid…. [a] waste of space.‘ Then there’s the crone. She is driven to find the Imp and return him to Thunderguts. It appears that she will stop at nothing in her quest…

‘The Monster Who Wasn’t’ is a curious, bewitching title. The quality of historical research and development of setting is exceptional. Additionally, there is such love and understanding shown in the the Kavanagh family and the Gargoyles, that we feel as though we understand and know them. Despite the terrifying potential of The Hole’s Great Cavern and its gathering throngs, ‘The Monster Who Wasn’t’ is a work of empathy, confidence and tenderness. Bookwagon recommends this book particularly to mature, captive readers.


The Monster Who Wasn’t

T.C. Shelley


‘The Monster Who Wasn’t’ is born from a baby’s laugh and a ‘human’s last sigh’. The Imp that is formed is a seeming anomaly; a human formed creature that must escape The Hole’s Great Cavern for safety. How might Gargoyles care for him? These are great, lumbering creatures! Bladder is bitter and resentful of anything that might impose upon him. However the Imp is entirely vulnerable. Furthermore there seems to be a trophy on his head. Thunderguts charges the Crone with, ‘Hurry up and get that….’ Bring it to me. It’s mine.
Daniel watches over the Imp and the Gargoyles attempt to school him in the ways of the human world. However the Imp is curious. On his first expedition to quench the Gargoyles’ need for chocolate, he is startled to see a boy whom he resembles. Thereafter he notices the family name in the churchyard and wonders over the names of individual family members. What might happen if he intrudes upon this family. Could they have something to do with his origin? Moreover could this family offer him a place of safety away from the Crone, pixies, boggarts, trolls or ogres? Or should the Imp heed the warnings of the Kavanagh family about friendly imposters?
Bookwagon has sought intelligent titles to delight readers who enjoy horror or thriller titles, such as The Ghouls of Howlfair and The Maker of Monsters. T.C. Shelley has created a unique, spell-binding and mystical tale. We are intrigued by the Imp’s creation and thereafter his future. Can this oddly formed creature hope to find a place in human form? Where does he really belong? What is the rightful  place of ‘The Monster Who Wasn’t’? 


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