The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E. B. Hudspeth

By E. B. Hudspeth

Philadelphia, the past due 1870s. A urban of fuel lamps, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages--and domestic to the debatable doctor Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a grave robber, younger Dr. Black reports at Philadelphia's esteemed Academy of drugs, the place he develops an unconventional speculation: What if the world's so much celebrated mythological beasts--mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs--were actually the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?

The Resurrectionist deals striking books in a single. the 1st is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from a formative years spent exhuming corpses via his clinical education, his travels with carnivals, and the mysterious disappearance on the finish of his existence. the second one booklet is Black's magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray's Anatomy for mythological beasts--dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus--all rendered in meticulously specific anatomical illustrations. you wish simply examine those pictures to gain they're the paintings of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his tale.

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Now, was strange beyond anything they The Chemist turned sharp to the right had ever seen, but still by no means as at the head of these steps, and, passing extraordinary as they had expected it-would through the opened gateway of an arch in be. The streets through which they walked a low gray wall, led his friends into a were broad and straight, and were crossed garden in which were growing a profusion by others at regular' intervals of two or of flowers. These flowers, they noticed, were three hundred feet.

They were guided by a short, pointed pole in the hands of the driver, who, as occasion demanded, dug it vigorously into their flanks. In this manner the travelers rode perhaps half an hour more. The passageway sloped steeply downward, and they made good speed. Finally without warning, except by a sudden freshening of the air, they emerged into the open, and found themselves facing a broad, rolling stretch ofcountry, dotted here and there with trees —the country of the Oroids at last. For the first time since leaving their own world -the adventurers found themselves amid surroundings that at least held some semblance of an aspect of familiarity.

The Doctor consulted his papers. " The Very Young Man leaped to the top of a rock and looked out over the desolate waste helplessly. " he asked dubiously. " "It's down there, about five miles," said the Doctor. "I saw it yesterday as we came . " , . "That's easy/' said the Very Young Man, and he started off enthusiastically, followed by the others. In less than two hours they found themselves at the edge of the pit. It appeared almost circular in form, apparently about five miles across and its smooth, shining walls extended almost perpendicularly down into blackness.

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