Monster Blood Tattoo (known in the United States and Canada as The Foundling's Tale) is a fantasy trilogy by Australian author and illustrator D. M. Cornish. It is set in the world of the Half-Continent, where exotic and deadly creatures popularly known as monsters are a constant threat to humans. In response, humans have developed a variety of ways to fight the monsters, ranging from the use of firearms and specialized chemicals and potions, to some even having their bodies surgically transformed into powerful and deadly fighting machines. The title is derived from the practice of using a slain monster's blood in order to create a tattoo on the skin of those who have participated in the kill. These tattoos serve as a mark of pride and distinction.
The protagonist of the trilogy is the young foundling Rossamünd Bookchild, who is trying to make his way in the world after leaving his orphanage. His life changes after meeting Europe, a renowned and powerful fulgar or specialized monster-hunter who has been surgically altered to be able to generate with electricity with her body.
The series consists of the following works:
In March 2012 Cornish posted on his blog that he was working on a new novel that looked like it could expand into a multi-volume work. It is not about Rossamünd or Europe, instead focusing on a protagonist who "plays a very tiny role in Factotum".
The Corsers' Hinge: A Lamplighter Tale, is a short story set between the events of Lamplighter and Factotum featuring new characters, only two of whom appear in Factotum. It is part of the anthology Legends of Australian Fantasy, which was published in 2010 and has yet to be published outside of Australia. In March 2012 Cornish posted on his blog that he was working on an "edit/rewrite" of The Corsers’ Hinge to adapt it into a standalone novella.
Cornish first mentioned on his blog in August 2007 that a contract had been entered into with The Jim Henson Company to adopt the series into a film. In February 2010 he confirmed that there was a film deal and that a director and writer had been assigned.