Read The Penguin Book of the Undead Online Free - 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.
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October 14, 2017
Although I'm no longer doing serious research, writing, or publishing in the scholarly terrordrome, I try to keep up with topics of interest from my former life and things that might be applicable to the courses that I still teach--Dante's Commedia, Medieval Italian lit., and Gothic lit. I've lon...
June 25, 2017
Yes! YES!! Primary sources about walking revenants, disease-spreading ghouls and resentful ghosts, right back from classical times? What's not to love! This nifty volume has enough to interest anyone from the student of history to the devoted fan of popular culture, and is, of course, a super use...
February 07, 2017
Too many of the samey kind of stories where it's ghosts coming back to haunt monks etc to ask for intercessory prayers like...once you have read a few of those they all start sounding the same. Needed more of the Norse ghosts which included one making an apparition of a seal just slowly appear th...
December 21, 2017
While generally interesting, I found the large amount of Christian sources to be fairly uninteresting, just as a matter of personal taste. Unfortunately, Christian doctrine and storytelling had a large part in shaping the perception and history of ghosts and apparitions in the European, English-s...
May 27, 2017
The Penguin Book of the Undead is selection of works which presents many different accounts relating to abnormal and supernatural spectres that have risen from the dead. Most of these are ghosts which have risen for the dead for some purpose or another. That is what the collection is attempting t...
May 26, 2017
I read this as a potential teaching resource, and am looking forward to using it as such. It would fit nicely either in a medieval course (mine's "The Living and the Dead in Medieval Literature") or in a longitudinal survey of the supernatural, perhaps more selectively used. The readable translat...
November 20, 2016
I love creepy books in the fall. This was not a creepy book. I thought it might explore the undead in literature, legends and folk tales - perhaps a bit of history of the origins of our modern zombies, vampires and ghouls. That's how it was promoted anyway. The introduction even explains that the...
October 14, 2017
The Penguin Book of the Undead provides the reader with fifteen hundred years of supernatural encounters. It's an interesting read at first, but soon grows tiresome as one discovers that most of the stories are actually the same. Someone (usually a priest or fellow religious man) sees a ghosts, a...
February 15, 2017
I learned a lot about the history of man's relationship with death and, more specifically, beliefs as they have evolved over time concerning what we've thought possible in the realm of the afterlife. Sometimes entertaining, sometimes rather slow, but all in all a great collection of historical re...
July 07, 2017
It is hard to enjoy the reading. It's so serious and dry, more for a research purpose than pleasure reading. There was some few new aspects I haven't heard before (like the lesbians nuns) but it is really a thousand stories of why we should pray for the soul of the dead.