The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
Philadelphia, the late 1870s. A city of gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages—and home to the controversial surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a grave robber, young Dr. Black studies at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional... show more
Philadelphia, the late 1870s. A city of gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages—and home to the controversial surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a grave robber, young Dr. Black studies at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind? The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from a childhood spent exhuming corpses through his medical training, his travels with carnivals, and the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.
Publish date: 21 maja 2013
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
Deliciously Creepy!Dr. Spencer Black spent his childhood grave robbing with his father to help supply the local med school with specimen to practice on. Naturally, he went on to medical school himself when he grew up. He became a great doctor who specialized in the mutated growth of human beings. So...
This kind of book has long been needed and I hope more mythical and folklore creatures get the same treatment.
I'm pretty unclear on the fiction to non-fiction ratio going on in this book (mythical creatures notwithstanding). However, having endured several semesters of the history of science and cranked out more than one term paper on curiosity cabinets, I can safely say that almost all of this could have b...
I think I see what's going on here. This is kind of like a book that reminds me of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in the sense that it's trying to provide a strange tale of a strange person using strange pictures and strange storylines. Honestly there isn't enough present in the book t...
Interesting premise but I wish it had been better executed. The way it's written is as a journal of Dr. Black, there are sketches included. There's a feel that you're reading a non-fictional account. I wish the story had been more compelling. Like what led him down the path he went on. Final verd...