Friday, November 4 at 7:00 PM
Meet Scott Bruce, editor of The Penguin Book of the Undead: Fifteen Hundred Years of Supernatural Encounters as he speaks and signs.
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.
Scott G. Bruce teaches Medieval History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A native of Canada, he earned his B.A. in History and Latin summa cum laude at York University in Toronto (1994) before pursuing his Ph.D. in History at Princeton University (2000). An award-winning teacher and author, SGB has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, and New Zealand. He has held visiting research appointments at the Technische Universität Dresden in Germany (2003) and at the Universiteit Gent in Belgium (2009). He was recently the Derek Brewer Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom (2015).
SGB credits his abiding interest in the Middle Ages to endless hours spent reading J. R. R. Tolkein and Robert E. Howard and playing Dungeons & Dragons as a teenager in suburban Scarborough. His fascination with the restless dead dates back even further to childhood viewings of classic Ray Harryhausen films like The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts. It is no secret that he worked his way through college as a grave-digger.
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“This exceptionally well-curated compilation shows that the wide variety of accounts of the undead have been rampant in literature long before the Gothic era. . . . Bruce has chosen selections from numerous cultures, including ancient Greece, Anglo-Norman England, and medieval Scandinavia. . . . He presents the contents with an enthusiasm that makes these . . . works accessible to the casual reader.” —Publishers Weekly