The Art of Horror

An Illustrated History

Series: Applause Books
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Format: Hardcover
Editor: Stephen Jones

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Amazingly, there has never been a book quite like The Art of Horror – a celebration of frightful images, compiled and presented by some of the genre's most respected names. While acknowledging the beginnings of horror-related art in legends and folk tales, the focus of the book is on how the genre has presented itself to the world since the creations of Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley first became part of the public consciousness in the 19th century. It's all here: from early engravings – via dust jackets, book illustrations, pulp magazines, movie posters, comic books, and paintings – to today's artists working entirely in the digital realm.

Editor Stephen Jones and his stellar team of contributors have sourced visuals from archives and private collections (including their own) worldwide, ensuring an unprecedented selection that is accessible to those discovering the genre, while also including many images that will be rare and unfamiliar to even the most committed fan.

From the shockingly lurid to the hauntingly beautiful – including images of vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghosts, demons, serial killers, alien invaders, and more – every aspect of the genre is represented in ten themed chapters. Quotes from artists/illustrators, and a selection from writers and filmmakers, are featured throughout.

$40.00 (US)
Inventory #HL 00141141
ISBN: 9781495009136
UPC: 888680043148
Width: 10.0"
Length: 11.25"
260 pages

Reviews

“If you're a fan of things that go bump in the night, the works of H.P. Lovecraft, or anything related to the world of horror for that matter, this is the book for you. Even if you don't have much knowledge on the subject, this book is certainly something worth checking out. There are images that have been seen many times before, but there are also many that have rarely seen or have never been seen before. It's a terrific, in-depth look into the world of horror and art.” – Examiner.com

“Heavily-bound and excellently printed by Applause (a cinema and theater related imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation), The Art of Horror is nearly as much of a work of art as the many pieces it aims to highlight. With the downward spiral that print publication has been going through, this book leaves faith that there are still plenty of quality releases on the rise. That quality only continues once inside. Each of the book's 250-plus pages are nicely illustrated and laid out, printed on a heavy stock, lightly glossed paper that accentuates harrowing images contained within...” – Diabolique Magazine

“The mother of all creepy coffee table books, Stephen Jones' The Art of Horror is a jaw-dropping collection of art charting the illustrated history of the genre in art, film, literature and international popular culture. The wildest collection of odds, ends, essentials and esoterica I've collected in one place.” – ShockTillYouDrop.com

“There have been heavily illustrated books that dealt with [horror] in fragments – some devoted only to 20th century art, others only to pulp magazine illustrations or genre film poster art; and horror was often mixed with heavy doses of science fiction and fantasy. None had the ambition with which veteran editor Stephen Jones approached this subject. The result is The Art of Horror: 256 large-format pages containing an in-depth history, as well as roughly 400 of the most haunting examples of horror art, including classical paintings and engravings, dust jackets, book illustrations, pulp magazine covers, film posters, comic books, new original paintings and digital artwork.” – Rue Morgue

“While we normally think of horror in terms of fiction or film, artists' illustrations – for books, magazines and movie posters – have been giving hideous life to this ever-popular genre for more than a century. Arranged by monster, each section boasts an essay by a prominent scholar, including, among others, David J. Skal on vampires, Kim Newman on werewolves and shapeshifters, Richard Dalby on ghosts, S.T. Joshi on cosmic horrors, Lisa Morton on witches and demons and Robert Weinberg on aliens. Still, the pictures here are, so to speak, to die for. Featured, among scores of others, are Margaret Brundage's iconic Bat-Woman (from the cover of Weird Tales), Hannes Bok's even more sexy Fox Woman, Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein confronting his creature and Michael Komarck's Cthulhu, depicted rising from the ocean depths. This beautifully produced books is, in short, the stuff that nightmares – on Elm Street or before Christmas – are made of.” – The Washington Post

The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History by Stephen Jones is a visual feast aimed at lovers of horror. It contains an endlessly impressive selection of horror art since the late 19th century. Every page deserves multiple visits.” – Kirkus Reviews

The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History is one of those perfect books that showcase great artists and their works while shedding light on the cultural implications of the decade those works were created. In this hardcover, you'll find imagery from book dust jackets, pulp magazines, movie posters, comic books and even modern day digital renderings. Each chapter is dedicated to a different type of horror: vampires, werewolves, zombies, demons, serial killers and aliens – along with quotes and editorials from artists, writers and filmmakers.” – biffbampop.com

“Every page is brimming with colour illustrations with each chapter covering the themes of Dracula, vampires in general, Frankenstein's monster, werewolves and the Wolf Man, zombies, mummies, ghosts, psychos and serial killers, Halloween, witches and devils, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, monsters and aliens. A fairly comprehensive list.” – filmwerk.co.uk

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