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The Resource Medusa's gaze and vampire's bite : the science of monsters, Matt Kaplan

Medusa's gaze and vampire's bite : the science of monsters, Matt Kaplan

Label
Medusa's gaze and vampire's bite : the science of monsters
Title
Medusa's gaze and vampire's bite
Title remainder
the science of monsters
Statement of responsibility
Matt Kaplan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"We all know 'there's no such thing as monsters,' but our imaginations tell us otherwise. From the mythical beasts of ancient Greece to the hormonal vampires of the Twilight saga, monsters have captivated us for millennia. Matt Kaplan, a noted science journalist and monster-myth enthusiast, employs an entertaining mix of cutting-edge research and a love of lore to explore the history behind these fantastical fictions and our hardwired obsession with things that go bump in the night. Ranging across history, Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite tackles the enduring questions that arise on the frontier between fantasy and reality. What caused ancient Minoans to create the tale of the Minotaur and its subterranean maze? Did dragons really exist? What inspired the creation of vampires and werewolves, and why are we so drawn to them? With the eye of a journalist and the voice of a storyteller, Kaplan takes readers to the forefront of science, where our favorite figures of horror may find real-life validation. Does the legendary Kraken, a squid of epic proportions, really roam the deep? Are we close to making Jurassic Park a reality by replicating a dinosaur from fossilized DNA? As our fears evolve, so do our monsters, and Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite charts the rise of the ultimate beasts, humans themselves"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1977-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kaplan, Matt
Dewey number
001.944
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GR825
LC item number
.K357 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Monsters
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Dangerous animals
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Dangerous animals
  • Monsters
Label
Medusa's gaze and vampire's bite : the science of monsters, Matt Kaplan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-233) and index
Contents
Giant animals : Nemean lion, Calydonian boar, Rukh, King Kong -- Beastly blends : chimera, griffon, cockatrice, Sphinx -- It came from the earth : Minotaur, Medusa -- The mysterious fathoms : Charybdis, Leviathan, giant squid, Jaws -- Of flame and claw : dragons -- Hauntings : demons, ghosts, spirits -- Cursed by a bite : vampires, zombies, werewolves -- The created : The Golem, Frankenstein, HAL 9000, Terminator -- Terror resurrected : dinosaurs -- Extraterrestrial threat : aliens
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Scribner hardcover ed.
Extent
x, 244 p.
Isbn
9781451667998
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012016553
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • ocn779266095
  • (OCoLC)779266095
Label
Medusa's gaze and vampire's bite : the science of monsters, Matt Kaplan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-233) and index
Contents
Giant animals : Nemean lion, Calydonian boar, Rukh, King Kong -- Beastly blends : chimera, griffon, cockatrice, Sphinx -- It came from the earth : Minotaur, Medusa -- The mysterious fathoms : Charybdis, Leviathan, giant squid, Jaws -- Of flame and claw : dragons -- Hauntings : demons, ghosts, spirits -- Cursed by a bite : vampires, zombies, werewolves -- The created : The Golem, Frankenstein, HAL 9000, Terminator -- Terror resurrected : dinosaurs -- Extraterrestrial threat : aliens
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Scribner hardcover ed.
Extent
x, 244 p.
Isbn
9781451667998
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012016553
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • ocn779266095
  • (OCoLC)779266095

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