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A Decade of Necromancy Never Paying (“never? well, hardly ever”)

February 3, 2018


Books with necromancy . . . on my radar from February 3, 2008 until today.

In honor of a decade of what started out as–at least mostly–silliness, I am using my extensive list of books in which necromancy doesn’t pay as the basis for a survey of books (and stories) which feature the reanimation of dead bodies following the 1818 publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I’ll be delivering a talk on my survey at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts on March 15.

So please let me know if you’ve read anything that’s not on my list, particularly if it’s in what I sometimes call (after Gilbert and Sullivan’s captain of the Pinafore) the “what never? well, hardly ever” category (on the list I’ve called this section “fun with necromancy, reanimation, and resurrection”).


18 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2018 3:37 am

    Congratulations! Good luck with the talk 🙂

  2. February 3, 2018 7:21 am

    Amazingly thorough list! The conference sounds really fun. Will there by cosplay?

    • February 11, 2018 9:09 am

      Probably no cosplay, but there will be lots of SF authors there, including my friend Joan Slonczewski.

  3. February 3, 2018 12:41 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Love the comic. Good luck with your talk!

    • February 11, 2018 9:19 am

      Someone sent me the comic on Facebook and another friend commented that it’s probably from a 1950s comic called Black Magic.

  4. Jenny permalink
    February 4, 2018 3:41 pm

    I’m so delighted you’re giving this talk. Where’s the conference? Anywhere nice?

    • Jenny permalink
      February 4, 2018 3:45 pm

      Oh — do you count Hamlet? Communicating with the dead kicks the whole thing off, and I’d say it distinctly doesn’t pay.

      • Jenny permalink
        February 4, 2018 3:46 pm

        Ugh, never mind, just spotted that this is post- 1818. Sorry!

        • February 11, 2018 9:11 am

          Also this focuses on reanimation, rather than talking to the dead. The conference is in Orlando, Florida.

  5. February 6, 2018 4:12 pm

    I don’t see HP Lovecraft’s, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. This is a creepy weird book, but might be right up your Necromantic alley 🙂

    Among other things is featured, some say actual historical, incantations for reviving the dead.

    I really liked this book, but a word of warning if you read it: read it during the day near a window with a lot of light coming in!

    • February 11, 2018 9:14 am

      Oh, you’re right. I picked out the two most obvious Lovecraft stories, but that one ought to be on the list. I read those stories many years ago and went back through a complete Lovecraft to see which I should include–thanks for pointing out that I missed that one. It is creepy.

  6. February 10, 2018 7:26 pm

    How coooool! That talk sounds amazing, and I wish I could see you do it! And happy belated blogging birthday to you as well!

  7. February 14, 2018 3:10 pm

    That comic is great! Happy Blogiversary! And congrats on the paper presentation!

    • February 14, 2018 3:45 pm

      Thanks. It’s proving fun to think about (and soon I do have to start, er, writing it).

  8. March 6, 2018 12:35 pm

    Congratulations, Jeanne, and all the best for your talk!

    • March 6, 2018 12:46 pm

      Thanks. I’m writing it, and ideas I hadn’t put together before are becoming clear to me. More about this to come, I’m sure!

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