The Resurrectionist The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black

11 Apr

I’m really excited about the title!


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.


Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “The Resurrectionist The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black

  1. Laura Morrigan

    April 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Sounds fantastic! I shall add it to my list! If you are interested in mad Frankenstinian scientists perchance you may enjoy The Lives of The Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis.

    • Barry Huddleston

      April 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

      You are the second or third person to recommend that book to me over the years. I’ll have to check it out.


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