October 26, 2010

Raising the dead

Raising the Dead
by Daniel Cohen

An entertaining look at movie monsters and other undead creatures, like Frankenstein, mummies, zombies, and homunculi (small humans). While their stories are fictional, they were based on fact, as revealed throughout history. The chapter on body snatchers in the 17th and 18th centuries is particularly gruesome and true! Also real is Nicholas Flamel, familiar to Harry Potter fans as the maker of the Elixir of Life. While there is no actual proof that Flamel is still alive, rumours to the contrary still exist.

Too bad the book has no pictures aside from the cover. Also missing are vampires and werewolves. To find out more about them, you'll have to find Cohen's other books: Real Vampiresand Werewolves.

No comments: