“The Resurrectionist” by E. B. Hudspeth
“I have butchered many men. All are innocent and equaled when they are on the table. All are exquisite and grotesque.”
This is a peculiar book and offers two unique experiences. The first is the fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black a brilliant doctor whose career was derailed by an obsession with mythological creatures. He developed 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 second is the Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, an anatomy encyclopedia for mythological beasts.
The story isn’t as strong as the detailed illustrations. Dr. Spencer Black is a blend of Dr. Moreau and Victor Frankenstein, but less interesting and believable. Gladly his biography is really short, only 65 pages. The best part of the book are the meticulous anatomical illustrations of the creatures. The art is really gorgeous and the amount of detail is amazing.
Minor problems aside, this is a great coffee table book and a rather unusual read.