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Publisher Description

An extraordinary biography. A gallery of astonishing work. The legacy of a madman.

Philadelphia, the late 1870s. A city of gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages—and 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, 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 a childhood spent exhuming corpses through his medical training, his travels with carnivals, and 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 anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
May 21
Quirk Books
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Silvadsw ,


Was interesting...certainly a fascinating short read !

Bark spawn ,

Great Weekend Read

This was the perfect book to break up some of the heavier reading I was doing. I saw this was the author’s first book and I thought it was an interesting piece of history and a dark topic intriguing topic to cover for a first book. I had never heard of Doctor Black and he feels like a character out of a fantasy novel. Natural scientists will enjoy the break away from reality and inspire that “what if” moment we forget about. Fantasy writers and fans of Lovecraft will also most likely find this enjoyable. I really enjoyed it.

Yung j vasquez ,


Like a kids book for Adults