Please welcome EB Hudspeth to the blog! He is an artist and the author of The Resurrectionist:The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black (out tomorrow!). He was kind enough to answer a few of my questions and we’ve got a copy of the book up for grabs, courtesy of the lovely folks at Quirk, so be sure to check out the details at the end of the post!
Thanks so much for joining us!
Thank you for having me.
Will you tell us a bit about yourself and your background? Have you always wanted to write a book?
I have always wanted to write a book. I started writing seriously after high school. I’ve had my hands in the creative arts for years. I traveled around the country chasing work, doing odd jobs. It’s always a struggle to find work, but it’s what I wanted so I was pretty happy doing it. I think I focused more on art than writing in my life and now I’ve been able to marry the two together.
Your wonderful (and gorgeously illustrated) new book, THE RESURRECTIONIST, will be out tomorrow! Will you tell us a bit about it and Dr. Spencer Black?
It’s really two books. The first book is a fictional story portrayed as non-fiction about a scientist’s journey to solve the great riddles of the human body. Along the way he becomes convinced that we evolved from mythological creatures. His obsession with proving this destroys his career, his social standing and eventually his family. The second book is his Codex; over 100 pages of detailed anatomical illustration of 11 mythical animals presented as medical reference. It’s a classic mad scientist gothic horror story with an exhaustive art book to accompany it.
How long did it take to plan out and execute the book from start to finish, and what kind of research did you do for
My son had just been born and I started to gut the upstairs on our house to renovate it, so I was pretty busy with everything. The whole project was around four years—a few hours here and there. I researched as much as I could about the practices of medicine in the nineteenth century, the language and culture. I learned that we knew a lot more about biology than I had thought. Before the discovery of DNA scientists had been learning things a piece a time a hundreds earlier. Dr. Black is presumed to have been one of them, but one of the more gifted.
What, or who, are some of the biggest influences on your writing, and art?
It changes, this project was heavily influenced by the medical illustrations of the time. The tone of the writing was influenced by some of the speeches and lectures given by the great doctors of the time like Sir William Osler would be a good example.
If you could experience on book again for the very first time, which one would it be?
There are a few that come to mind, but to be fair, the first one was The Good Earth.
When you’re not busy at work on your next project, how do you like to spend your free time?
With my family.
What’s next for you?
I am now working hard on the sequel. There was always going to be one, I just have to make it special.
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