By Tina Hardt

 

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a . bom . i . na . ble

nasty and disgusting; vile; loathsome;

very, very unpleasant, indeed.

 

The Abominable Story of Mortimer Morte is a children’s book for adults. It’s a bizarre and tasteless tale about a teenaged mortician that’s had to create it’s own literary genre. Why? Well, it’s easy to read and full of plucky illustrations, but it’s too foul for children; too Victorian for western; too odd for mainstream, and regretfully, has too unhappy an ending for romance. Alas, this penny dreadful, very much like its main character Mortimer, doesn’t really fit in anywhere. (Barring the humour/fiction category, of course. Only, people rarely laugh with Mortimer, only at him).