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Island of Dr. Moreau, The (1896)
By H. G. Wells
Edward Prendick, hovering near death after his ship sinks, is rescued by the crew of the Lady Vain and resuscitated by a fellow passenger, Montgomery. Though Montgomery arranges for Prendick to continue on with the ship, the captain insists that he take Prendick to his island destination. From the moment he arrives, Prendick is confronted with the terrifying truth of the island: it is populated with horrendous creatures resembling both animals and humans. Though initially unaware of the origin of the creatures, Prendick soon learns that they have been created by Dr. Moreau, a brilliant scientist specializing in vivisection...