Snowbeast! by British author Peter Tremayne, perhaps best known as the author of the popular Sister Fidelma historical mystery series, is his creature feature horror thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1983 by Sphere.
The story is set in Scotland, where a niece visiting her doctor uncle’s remote lodge finds him investigating the mysterious ailment of a monk at a nearby monastery, which seems to point to possession by a dark myth out of ancient Gaelic legend akin to the abominable snowman, beginning to run rampant in the mountains.
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When Ellen MacDonald arrives for a surprise visit to her uncle’s remote lodge on the lower slopes of the snow-swept Cairngorms, Doctor MacDonald is on a most unusual case.
At the time-hallowed monastery of St Bechan, a brother has fallen dangerously ill with a mysterious sickness. The doctor’s diagnosis suggests a baffling fever, but to the monks of St Bechan, steeped in the dark myths of the Black Peak, it is a case of possession.
Sudden, savage deaths follow – animals, and then men. In the shadow of the jagged peaks towering against the grey skies of Scotland an immemorial legend has come to light – a legend reaching across hundreds of years and thousands of miles. In the chill mountains a low, fretful wail rises and falls with the driving wind – the cry of the SNOWBEAST!