PROCESSING TIME FOR ALL ORDERS IS 2-5 BUSINESS DAYS. All orders of books $30+ ship FREE! Curbside pickup now available at the store on Saturdays from 12-2 pm starting on June 6! When you place your order before Friday at noon, your order will be available during our Saturday pickup window. You MUST wear masks & socially distance at pickup! Select "local pickup" at checkout.

Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters - Matt Kaplan (Used)

Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters - Matt Kaplan (Used)

Regular price
Sold out
Sale price
$12.00

Victoria recommends! This eye-opening tour through history’s legendary monsters and the science and culture that spawned them, provides new insight into the creatures that have terrified us for centuries.

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.

This is a used copy in good condition with moderate wear to the edges of the dust jacket.

By Matt Kaplan. Hardcover. 244 pages. Published by Scribner, 2012.