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(Applause Books). 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 Bra (Applause Books). 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.


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(Applause Books). 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 Bra (Applause Books). 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.

30 review for The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History is a great coffee table book. It is filled with incredible images and an astounding collection of horror movie posters. Each chapter centers around different monsters/characters ranging from traditional vampires, to dragons, to ghosts and aliens. Simply put, it's very thorough on its collection of horror monsters. I loved flipping through this collection. From an artistic standpoint, the images were magnificent. I also loved seeing how many films were cr The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History is a great coffee table book. It is filled with incredible images and an astounding collection of horror movie posters. Each chapter centers around different monsters/characters ranging from traditional vampires, to dragons, to ghosts and aliens. Simply put, it's very thorough on its collection of horror monsters. I loved flipping through this collection. From an artistic standpoint, the images were magnificent. I also loved seeing how many films were created based on certain characters. Many I had never heard of. A horror buff would love this book. Even non horror fans may enjoy flipping through this book. It's different, but contains a lot.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Oh, what reader doesn't enjoy a nostalgic romp through an illustrated history of horror art? An enjoyable, fun book on art in horror. Highly recommended to those that love horror and comics and horror art. Oh, what reader doesn't enjoy a nostalgic romp through an illustrated history of horror art? An enjoyable, fun book on art in horror. Highly recommended to those that love horror and comics and horror art.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Schmitt

    A must have for anyone who is a fan of either/both horror or/and dark art. Horror has such a rich history that is beautifully displayed here. Not only is the artwork awesome, but the information given about the genre and it's roots in general is great too. A perfect pairing of my two favorite subjects. A must have for anyone who is a fan of either/both horror or/and dark art. Horror has such a rich history that is beautifully displayed here. Not only is the artwork awesome, but the information given about the genre and it's roots in general is great too. A perfect pairing of my two favorite subjects.

  4. 5 out of 5

    j_ay

    A nice collection of some Horror themed art, although for a "history" book there is far, far (far far far) too much modern "art", most of not all which dominates in size the classic stuff. And the quality of it is really bad. Much digital nonsense.. with insipid quotes from the "artists". Entirely a waste of space. The text writing is mediocre at best. So, a nice flip-through book but not an important one. A nice collection of some Horror themed art, although for a "history" book there is far, far (far far far) too much modern "art", most of not all which dominates in size the classic stuff. And the quality of it is really bad. Much digital nonsense.. with insipid quotes from the "artists". Entirely a waste of space. The text writing is mediocre at best. So, a nice flip-through book but not an important one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Horror DNA

    When I first heard about the book The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History, I wasn't sure what to expect. The book could contain a million different things. Movies, comics, posters, paintings. It turns out to have all of those and more. First and foremost, it's a gorgeous volume measuring a big ten by eleven inches. It features heavy gloss pages designed with stunning images and well-researched topics for each chapter. But it's certainly the art that you'll buy it for, and it's well worth it. As When I first heard about the book The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History, I wasn't sure what to expect. The book could contain a million different things. Movies, comics, posters, paintings. It turns out to have all of those and more. First and foremost, it's a gorgeous volume measuring a big ten by eleven inches. It features heavy gloss pages designed with stunning images and well-researched topics for each chapter. But it's certainly the art that you'll buy it for, and it's well worth it. As a long-time fan I've seen a LOT of horror, but this book is packed full of images and artists I've never heard of. You can read R.J.'s full review at Horror DNA by clicking here.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wyrd Witch

    A written review about a book entirely devoted to the illustrative talents of artists throughout history feels impossible. There simply is no way to capture a person’s emotions and reactions to the painted image in words. Still, I have to at least try to convey the quality of this book for fellow horror fans. Prized illustrated histories and showcases are a wonderful and sought-after item in many horror fanatics’ collections, but they probably remain absent from horror book reviewers’ articles f A written review about a book entirely devoted to the illustrative talents of artists throughout history feels impossible. There simply is no way to capture a person’s emotions and reactions to the painted image in words. Still, I have to at least try to convey the quality of this book for fellow horror fans. Prized illustrated histories and showcases are a wonderful and sought-after item in many horror fanatics’ collections, but they probably remain absent from horror book reviewers’ articles for the previously-stated reason. Still, I plan on doing my best with this gorgeous book. Read the rest of the review here.

  7. 5 out of 5

    John Roland

    Fantastic visual survey of horror art going back to the 19th century, through the Weird Tales era, and straight through to today. Full color reproductions of book/magazine covers, fine art and movie posters, including lots of work from new artists creating original work and/or riffing on old creatures.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Josef Ploski

    If you are a horror movie fan or an art fan I can not recommend this book highly enough. It tells the story of the genre and all the players. I thought I new horror films but there are so many films I had never heard of that I want to explore and seek out. 5/5

  9. 4 out of 5

    Arin

    I was disappointed there was not more newer horror. A lot of the art was from pre 1950.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Richard Anderson

    Lots of fun, with rare and generous illustrations.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alex Mayfield

    A cool look into the history of horror using unique imagery. Genre fans will find it to be a nice book for the coffee table.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bill Wallace

    This is such a great book that I feel a little bad offering criticisms, but I would have liked it much better if just a few things had been different. On the positive side, hundreds of rare images are included with learned commentary to set them in context in the relatively brief timeline of horrific illustration. There is a good balance between classic "roots" and more modern illustration and the range of subject matter is okay. On the critical side, the essays are overlong and very uneven. Som This is such a great book that I feel a little bad offering criticisms, but I would have liked it much better if just a few things had been different. On the positive side, hundreds of rare images are included with learned commentary to set them in context in the relatively brief timeline of horrific illustration. There is a good balance between classic "roots" and more modern illustration and the range of subject matter is okay. On the critical side, the essays are overlong and very uneven. Some of them discuss at length art that is not included in the book and a number of them are obsessive in detail about the topic at hand without saying much about the visual side of the business. This odd imbalance in an art book would be more forgivable if all those words didn't take the place of art that could have been displayed to much better effect had it been reproduced a little bigger. There is a consistent, almost perverse inverse relationship between the original size of some of the images (4-sheets, 6-sheets) and their postage stamp-sized representations here. Other quibbles include the organization of themes more or less by monster-types, which seems like a limited way to approach a larger topic, and a relative scarcity of imagery that is not literal or overly representational. More abstraction would have been nice; much of the contemporary work is too comic booky or video gamey for my tastes, though nicely rendered. Apart from the minor critiques, the overall scope of material presented here for a reasonably low price is pretty cool and the book probably belongs on the shelf or coffee table of most horror hounds.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Besides the illustrations, which are crisply reproduced and mainly in colour, this book has a lively and informative text.

  14. 5 out of 5

    J. crossbones

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eric Guignard

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dejan Ognjanović

  18. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  19. 4 out of 5

    anthony acker

  20. 4 out of 5

    Conal Cochran

  21. 4 out of 5

    Philip Foster.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Spenser

  23. 4 out of 5

    Evan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Greg

  25. 4 out of 5

    David

  26. 4 out of 5

    David-wayne Signorino

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mark Palermo

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mark

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