Hello everyone and Happy Friday! Over the course of three weeks, we’re doing something a little different to celebrate the release of hybrid fictional biography/codex of the strange book, The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E.B. Hudspeth.
Each Friday, we’ll reveal an exclusive set of images from Doctor Black’s magnum opus, The Codex Extinct Animalia – a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts (including dragons, centaurs and the like). Our mythological beast of focus is the Mermaid (Siren Oceanus) – we’ll unveil 3 series’ of 3 images each week, leading up to our review of the book on May 17. Each week, we’ll also be giving away a poster and final copy of The Resurrectionist.
Check out last week’s image reveal HERE.
Without further ado, we are very pleased to give you three more exclusive images of…
About The Mermaid:
From author E.B. Hudspeth (read the first part of his thoughts on the mermaid HERE):
There were a myriad of other problems, some of which I didn’t get into. The obvious difficulty was the complexity of the skeletal and muscular systems. I couldn’t find adequate anatomical reference for a fish so I dissected my own. I used a large salmon for a basic understanding of how the muscle tissue was layered and joined to the bones. From there I slowly designed the structure. I tried to estimate where the human pelvis and the fish pelvis would have changed from an evolutionary standpoint. You ask a lot of questions and start to forget that this is wholly fiction. Questions like: How fast would it need to go? What are its predators? What are its prey? Regardless of how satisfied I was with my conclusions, I knew there were intrinsic problems that could never be solved simply by virtue of the fact that the animal never existed. The more I worked on the problems, the more plausible it all seemed. This cognitive dissonance made the project more interesting—to supply evidence for the impossible.
About the Book:
Philadelphia. The late 1870s.
A city of cobblestone sidewalks and horse-drawn carriages. Home to the famous anatomist and surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a “resurrectionist” (aka grave robber), Dr. Black studied 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 his humble beginnings to 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 black-and-white anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.
Check out a quick interview with the author below, as well as the official book trailer for more about the book:
We have yet another POSTER and FINAL COPY of The Resurrectionist up for grabs! This second contest is open to addresses in the US and will run until Thursday, May 16 at 12:01am EST. To enter, use the form below.