Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters

Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters

Matt Kaplan


This eye-opening journey via history’s mythical monsters and the technology and tradition that spawned them, presents new perception into the creatures that experience terrified us for centuries.

We all understand “there’s no such factor as monsters,” yet our imaginations let us know in a different way. From the legendary beasts of historical Greece to the hormonal vampires of the Twilight saga, monsters have captivated us for millennia. Matt Kaplan, a famous technology journalist and monster-myth fanatic, employs an enjoyable mixture of state-of-the-art examine and a love of lore to discover the historical past at the back of those fantastical fictions and our hardwired obsession with issues that cross bump within the evening.

Ranging throughout heritage, Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s chew tackles the long-lasting questions that come up at the frontier among delusion and fact. What triggered historical Minoans to create the story of the Minotaur and its subterranean maze? Did dragons quite exist? What encouraged the production of vampires and werewolves, and why are we so interested in them?

With the attention of a journalist and the voice of a storyteller, Kaplan takes readers to the leading edge of technology, the place our favourite figures of horror may perhaps locate real-life validation. Does the mythical Kraken, a squid of epic proportions, fairly roam the deep? Are we with regards to making Jurassic Park a fact through replicating a dinosaur from fossilized DNA? As our fears evolve, so do our monsters, and Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s chunk charts the increase of the final word beasts, people themselves.

Show sample text content

Download sample