The Resurrectionist by Eric “E.B.” Hudspeth is one of those visual/verbal blend books that will have a lot of people talking when it comes out. It will also have people talking because it’s an utterly incredible sui generis tale of a mad scientist, deformity, and mythical beasts, a tale told in prose and in incredibly detailed and creepy anatomical charts of mythical beasts known and unknown. MTV Geek has a preview and an interview:
Geek: Out of all the creatures you deal with in the book, which character is the most disturbing to you?
EH: I think maybe the Harpy (which is depicted on the book’s cover). That’s why I chose it as a primary figure. The assimilation of the bird legs and the wings joined into human form, and the larger breast bone and tissue … the more you process that, the less beautiful something like that would be. With the harpy, in folklore, there’s two depictions. One is a beautiful creature and the other is horrendous. If you were to run into something like that in person, it would be like you’re a small worm at the foot of a falcon. You’re doomed, and it’s quick and terrible.
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