Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family's specialty for generations. After inheriting a highly specialised - and highly peculiar - medical practice, Dr Helsing spends her days treating the undead for a host of ills: vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta's been preparing for since childhood. But when a sect of murderous monks starts attacking Londoners, undead and human alike, and terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use all her unusual skills to keep her supernatural clients - and the rest of London - safe. Strange Practice is the start of an exciting contemporary fantasy series.
In Vivian Shaw's Strange Practice, a charmingly unusual doctor and her charges keep the city of London from grave danger. In the process, they peel back the covers of familiar (and according to them, somewhat 'libelous') stories to find that reality - especially with the undead - is more poignant and complex than it seems at first glance. An excellent adventure' -- Fran Wilde, author of UPDRAFT Written with elegance, wit, and compassion. The prose is gorgeous, the wit is mordant, and the ideas are provocative. Also, there are ghouls -- Laura Amy Schlitz, author of FIRE SPELL An appropriately dark breath of fresh air . . . Greta is a refreshing urban fantasy heroine, strong and smart and utterly normal, despite her chosen profession. Readers who enjoy urban fantasy and are getting tired of cookie-cutter female protagonists will find this a pleasant surprise -- BOOKLIST A satisfying and surprising read, with rich imagery, nuance, and real compassion for its characters - give Strange Practice a shot! -- Elliott James, author of CHARMING An exceptional and delightful debut, in the tradition of Good Omens -- Elizabeth Bear Strange Practice surprises and delights. It's completely different from anything I've read before. It ticks so many boxes: action, mystery, suspense, an exciting and different world adjacent to our own to name but a few. But the greatest elements of the book are the characters. They shine -- BOOKBAG Readers will look forward to more of Greta's adventures. An imaginative, delightfully droll debut -- KIRKUS A darkly delicious adventure featuring a quirky new heroine. Strange Practice breathes new life into the undead -- James Bennett, author of CHASING EMBERS
Vivian Shaw was born in Kenya and spent her early childhood at home in England before relocating to the US at the age of seven. She has a BA in art history and an MFA in creative writing, and has worked in academic publishing and development while researching everything from the history of spaceflight to supernatural physiology. In her spare time, she writes fan fiction under the name of Coldhope.