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 (that’s today!). Each week, we’ll also be giving away a poster and final copy of The Resurrectionist.
Without further ado, we are very pleased to give you three more exclusive images of…
About The Mermaid:
When I started The Resurrectionist I knew I couldn’t leave out the mermaid. I never did like mermaids too much until I started researching some of the history. Though I only focused on the anatomy of one particular species of ocean mermaid, I wrote a little about some of the other many potential variations.
The mermaid remains one of the creatures that you might be able to draw a line to explain how it could have actually evolved. Given what we know about the importance of display in terms of mating, defense and so on, one might argue that a species of primate reverted to the water but maintained its human appearance as a means of attracting prey. Countless animals evolve with false images or shapes on their bodies for the sole purpose of fooling their prey. So why not believe in mermaids?
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:
This is our FINAL giveaway of a copy of The Resurrectionist and a poster. This second contest is open to addresses in the US and will run until Thursday, May 26 at 12:01am EST. To enter, use the form below.
GOOD LUCK! And make sure to stick around as later today Thea reviews The Resurrectionist!