By Peter Haining
A PICTORIAL historical past OF HORROR tales:
Two Hundred Years of Illustrations from the Pulp Magazines
This ebook is largely a page-for-page reprint of Haining's past ebook entitled "Terror: A heritage of Horror Illustrations from Pulp Magazines." there's no new fabric. the one distinction is it's a hardback with various conceal artwork. 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 a big shortcoming -- many of the luridly colourful pulp journal conceal photos are reproduced in B&W. That makes for a truly monotonous learn. nowadays, more recent books concerning the pulps consistently reproduce the covers in wonderful 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, smooth illus bds with lurid photograph of monster attacking a dozing 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 on. those illustrations are consistently fascinating.
A ceremonial dinner of nightmares in photographs, rescued from the crumbling pages of lengthy lifeless periodicals. levels over 2 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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It was, in a way, only a variation on the idea of those original Gothic chapbook publishers, but following the appearance of Munsey's pioneer 'pulp' Argosy in 1896 (still flourishing though in a different format today), the idea was to be given unprecedented acceptance to the tune of over three hundred titles in the next half century and countless million sales These magazines, printed on rough wood pulp paper, measuring seven inches by ten, and about half an inch thick, were to embrace literally every topic of interest.
The magazine's most popular writer. This honour fell to Seabury Quinn. appropriately the editor of the trade journal for morticians. Casket & Sunnyside. and the creator of the Sherlock Holmes-like detective Jules de Grandin Weird Tales also promoted the exceedingly strange stories of Clark Ashton Smith; Henry S. Whitehead's tales of secret rites in the West Indies; Robert Bloch. first the protege of Lovecraft and now an original in his own right; August Derleth who. after Lovecraft's death. did much to establish his international fame; and Robert E.
Pyles. (Above) An advertisement for a patriotic Second World War issue of Argosy for September 1942 54 55 Perhaps no more imaginative or chilling illustration of the horror of Hitler's war appeared than this picture (opposite) by Stephen Lawrence for the Famous Fantastic Mysteries issue of September 1945. It illustrated Joe Archibald's story of what really happened to the Fuehrer at the end of the war. 'Heaven Only Knows' (Above) Another superb Lawrence illus tration for Warwick Oeeping's grim story The Man Who Went Back' Famous Fantastic Mysteries.
A Pictorial History of Horror Stories by Peter Haining