The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work Of Dr. Spencer Black


Philadelphia, the late 1870s. A city of gas lamps, cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages + 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 + satyrs we’re 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 + 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, rendered in meticulously detailed anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize that they are the work of a madman. With its beautiful portraiture + gripping description of a man’s descent into perversity, The Resurrectionist would be a welcome addition to any library of dark fantasy. E.B. HUDSPETH is an artist + author living in New Jersey. This is his first book. Hardcover. 192 Pages.

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