The Penguin Book of the Undead

The Penguin Book of the Undead

Fifteen Hundred Years of Supernatural Encounters

Book - 2016
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The dead live again in this haunting compendium of ghostly visitations through the ages, exploring the history of our fascination with zombies and other restless souls. Since ancient times, accounts of supernatural activity have mystified us. Ghost stories as we know them did not develop until the late nineteenth century, but the restless dead haunted the premodern imagination in many forms, as recorded in historical narratives, theological texts, and personal letters. The Penguin Book of the Undead teems with roving hordes of dead warriors, corpses trailed by packs of barking dogs, moaning phantoms haunting deserted ruins, evil spirits emerging from burning carcasses in the form of crows, and zombies with pestilential breath. Spanning from the Hebrew scriptures to the Roman Empire, the Scandinavian sagas to medieval Europe, the Protestant Reformation to the Renaissance, this beguiling array of accounts charts our relationship with spirits and apparitions, wraiths and demons over fifteen hundred years, showing the evolution in our thinking about the ability of dead souls to return to the realm of the living-and to warn us about what awaits us in the afterlife.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9780143107682
Branch Call Number: 808.8037 PENGUIN
Characteristics: xvi, 295 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bruce, Scott G. (Scott Gordon), 1967-


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Like a grim faced archeologist peeling back the most secluded ancient tomb, this compilation seeks out encounters with the restless undead that date from antiquity to the modern era.

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AL_HANNAHS Feb 27, 2017

Very interesting historical account of humankind's history of encounters with the dead... or undead. If you're looking for something that will keep you up at night, keep looking. If you're interested in actual historical records of supposed interactions with otherworldly specters and don't mind dictionarying your way through centuries old text, look no further.


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