Promethean Horrors - Classic Stories of Mad Science

British Library Tales of the Weird

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Promethean Horrors - Classic Stories of Mad Science, edited by Xavier Aldana Reyes / From the British Library's "Tales of the Weird" series / ISBN 9780712352840 / 269-page paperback, published 2020 / new copies with minor wear from inbound shipping


Spine-tingling tales of scientists gone mad.

Promethean Horrors presents some of the greatest mad scientists ever created, as each cautionary tale explores the consequences of pushing nature too far.

These savants take many forms: there are malcontents who strive to create poisonous humans; technologists obsessed with genetic splicing; mesmerists interested in the way consciousness operates after death, and inventors who believe in a hidden reality.

From essential Gothic stories by Mary Shelley, E. T. A. Hoffmann and Edgar Allan Poe to later forays into the weird and psychedelic by E. Nesbit, H. P. Lovecraft and George Langelaan, the classic figure of the mad scientist is reanimated in these pages along with every untethered ambition and its calamitous consequences.

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