Reading and Signing with Scott Bruce

Zombies? Ghosts? The more you know about them, the better prepared you'll be to fight them off on Halloween. Join Scott Bruce at BookBar for a reading and signing of his book, The Penguin Book of the Undead. 

About the Author:

Scott G. Bruce is a professor of medieval history and the director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. An expert on medieval monasticism, he has written two books about the monks of the abbey of Cluny. He worked his way through college as a grave digger.

About the Book:

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.

Event date: 
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Penguin Book of the Undead: Fifteen Hundred Years of Supernatural Encounters Cover Image
By Scott G. Bruce (Editor)
ISBN: 9780143107682
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - September 27th, 2016