By Peter Haining
A PICTORIAL background OF HORROR tales:
Two Hundred Years of Illustrations from the Pulp Magazines
This e-book is essentially a page-for-page reprint of Haining's prior booklet entitled "Terror: A heritage of Horror Illustrations from Pulp Magazines." there isn't any new fabric. the single distinction is it's a hardback with diverse hide paintings. whereas it's fairly thorough in visually documenting the evolution of horror representation from the "penny-dreadful" magazines of the Victorian age in the course of the pulps of the '30s and '40s, it has an enormous shortcoming -- lots of the luridly colourful pulp journal hide photographs are reproduced in B&W. That makes for a truly monotonous learn. nowadays, more moderen books concerning the pulps continuously reproduce the covers in excellent colour. Why they didn't see healthy to do this within the '70s and and '80s is a secret and a disgrace. a person must revisit the topic of horror pulps and do it right.
4to, sleek illus bds with lurid photograph of monster attacking a slumbering lady, 176pp. Lavishly illus in color and in B&W. Many artists are represented: Mary Byfield, Henry Anelay, John Gilbert, Sidney Paget, Margaret Brundage, and so forth. those illustrations are consistently fascinating.
A banquet of nightmares in photos, rescued from the crumbling pages of lengthy lifeless periodicals. levels over two hundred years of gory, ghoulish and terrifying from the 1st Gothic engravings of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to that wealthy and sundry treasure apartment of horror illustrations
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A Pictorial History of Horror Stories by Peter Haining