The Flesh Market

The Flesh Market Doon the wynds an up the streets Where revenants sought souls tae eat The Butcher called for twitching meat An Burke an Hare did answer anon A year after the Cadaver Riots tore the heart from Ed

  • Title: The Flesh Market
  • Author: Richard Wright
  • ISBN: 9781495417160
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • Doon the wynds an up the streets,Where revenants sought souls tae eat, The Butcher called for twitching meat An Burke an Hare did answer anon 1827 A year after the Cadaver Riots tore the heart from Edinburgh Fear still chokes the Old Town, for though the revenants were driven back with shot and steel, they still lurk in the city s shadowed closes When night fall Doon the wynds an up the streets,Where revenants sought souls tae eat, The Butcher called for twitching meat An Burke an Hare did answer anon 1827 A year after the Cadaver Riots tore the heart from Edinburgh Fear still chokes the Old Town, for though the revenants were driven back with shot and steel, they still lurk in the city s shadowed closes When night falls, they strike In dissecting rooms anatomists slice twitching flesh as they dream of cures and glory For the greatest among them, Robert Knox, there is no price that cannot be met in the quest for knowledge Behind closed doors he trades in walking death, dealing with devils to keep the flesh market supplied Set between the slums of 19th Century Edinburgh and the ivory towers of its academia, The Flesh Market is an almost true story of murder, mad science, obsession, and the restless dead.

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  • Richard Wright

    An author of strange, dark fictions currently returned to Glasgow in Scotland after several years in India.

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  • The Cadaver Riots began in Edinburgh in the early 1800's. Why were they named so? Because of the mob of cadavers that swarmed the city, tearing at and eating people wherever they found them. Many were wounded and died from the attack. And many more were to have nightmares about that night replay over and over in their heads for a very long time. The poor population was what had been affected the most. No one knew where the bodies came from or why they came back to life. Dr. Knox is hell bent on [...]


  • Just when you thought that a certain genre should be dead and buried, along comes an a writer who brings a unique, clever and downright interesting twist to one of the most overused of horror sub genres. Richard Wright is one of these writers. His latest horror novel The Flesh Market was a revelation, a game changing novel that if stripped of its horror themes would still be a fascinating read. That's not to say that the horror themes feel tagged on, no they are an integral part of the narrative [...]


  • Richard Wright’s latest novel is a brilliant mix of historical fiction, cerebral horror, and dark suspense. It cleverly weaves the murderous exploits of Burke and Hare with the macabre medical pursuits of the anatomist Robert Knox, who is driven to learn why the undead are rising in 19th century Scotland. What makes this novel exceptional is that Wright recognizes that the monster in the mirror is far more dreadful than anything born of the grave and he focuses not only on reanimated corpses b [...]


  • This took me a long time to read and I had to restart it a few times making it more of a challenge. I found it slow moving even if the subject in the book seems interesting enough. There are interesting part and for sure I found the last fourth of the book to move quickly. This really isn't a horror book but more of a darker side of historical fiction.


  • Burke & Hare & zombies - how fun is that?! This book stays true to the story of the Edinburgh mass murderers who sold corpses to the anatomists But adds the spice that those bodies rise again



  • It's quite an interesting take on the zombie genre, not truly horror though the 'revenants' are always lurking nearby.The story which it truly a portrayal of Burke and Hare has a narrative flow through the multiple POVs though it does, sometimes, drag on perhaps needlessly. The historical aspect is truly impressive, I must say, and a delight to read especially since it was not so far off reality. No zombies though, that was all from the author. ;)


  • It's no secret that I adore the way Richard Wright weaves his stories. Thy Fearful Symmetry, a story about the very brutal end of the world, shocked me. Craven Place, an unsettling ghost story, wooed me with its setting. I don't quite know what it is about Wright's writing, but I eat it up every single time. He has me in his grasp, and I'm perfectly okay with that.The Flesh Market was no exception to this rule, and definitely my favorite so far. A stunning mixture of historical fiction and dark [...]


  • I've read a number of Richard Wright's books in the last couple of years and have come to look forward to and enjoy his work; despite the fact that horror is not a genre that I am usually drawn to. Wright himself describes his work as Dark Fiction which is a more fitting description. While this book is undoubtedly horrifying, it could never be described as simply horror genre. This book will appeal to many readers if they are not 'scared' off by the cover and title; particularly those who enjoy [...]


  • 826 and the dead are rising. The Cadaver Riots horrify the Old Town of Edinburgh as rotting corpses emerge from their graves, ravenous. All agree this must never happen again. The people choose violence, the police favour law and the scientists opt for investigation. But investigating requires raw material.Enter Bill and William, aka Burke and Hare.In a brilliant twist on true crime, this book takes a grim reality and turns it several shades darker. The key players each have plausible motivation [...]


  • First off I must declare an interest :- Rick is a friend and an old flatmate of mine (we shared a flat, and a lot of beer, when he wrote his first book Cuckoo). Secondly I must note I don't really read much 'horror', which is kind of the genre that Rick writes in and wouldn't normally read a 'zombie' bookAll that said - I loved this, I love the way it brought Edinburgh to life in the time of Burke and Hare and it had me scurrying off to research more about the time and place (always a good sign [...]


  • The flesh marketExcellent read, different story lines flowed well. I would highly recommend it to lovers of mystery, murder, science fiction, the macabre and lovers of historical fiction



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