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Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by Stephen Jones. Foreword by Robert Silverberg. This remarkable companion to the award-winning The Art of Horror and The Art of Horror Movies, from the same creative team behind those acclaimed illustrated volumes, looks at the sexy, sleazy, and sensational subject matter in books, pulps, vintage magazines, comics & comic magazines, and movies, that has helped to shape modern horror. Profusely illustrated with more than 800 rare and unique images from around the world — including book and magazine covers, interior illustrations, movie posters, comic books, promotional items, tie-ins, and previously unpublished artwork commissioned especially for this book — this handsome volume charts the history of escapist horror and the individuals who created it. Applause, 2020.
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This remarkable companion to the award-winning The Art of Horror and The Art of Horror Movies, from the same creative team behind those acclaimed illustrated volumes, looks at the sexy, sleazy, and sensational subject matter in books, pulps, vintage magazines, comics & comic magazines, and movies, that has helped to shape modern horror. Profusely illustrated with more than 800 rare and unique images from around the world — including book and magazine covers, interior illustrations, movie posters, comic books, promotional items, tie-ins, and previously unpublished artwork commissioned especially for this book — this handsome volume charts the history of escapist horror and the individuals who created it.

From the Frazetta frontis (from an early issue of Creepy) to a powerful final double-page by Michael Whelan, this is a treat for any fan. It begins with rare vintage pre-pulp art from back to the late 1800s, then offers the best of the early pulp work by artists like Margaret Brundage, Virgil Finlay, Norman Saunders and H.J. Ward. Then it’s on to comics, with EC, cool pre-code books, rare early magazine and digest artwork, and into the offbeat horror comic mags and men’s magazines of the 1960s that circumvented the comics code.

An outstanding selection of artists featured also includes Sanjulian, Berni Wrightson, Emsh, Richard Powers, Rowena, Gary Gianni, Lee Elias, Vincent DiFate, Joseph Clement Coll,  Bob Eggleton, John R. Flanagan (a favorite of Steranko’s), Basil Gogos, Alan Lee, Dave McKean, Rudy Palais–these and many others are among their “featured artists.”

So often associated with cheapness and low quality, pulp fiction and film-making have influenced the way we live for more than a century. Many respected authors and artists worked for the pulp and paperback markets, while films made for the low budget or youth markets are now rightly regarded as classics as they continue to inspire the movies and television we watch today. Compiled by multiple award-winning writer and editor Stephen Jones, and with a foreword by prolific and acclaimed author Robert Silverberg, this visual history brings together insightful and revelatory commentary from some of the genre’s most highly esteemed experts, including Mike Ashley, Barry Forshaw and Christopher Fowler.

Chapters, each with an essay by the noted authorities, begin with Penny Dreadfuls and Pre-Code Horrors, move on to The Shudder Pulps AND Pulp Fiction, Poverty Row, Seduction of the Innocent, Drive-In Delinquents, Exploitation Explosion…

The Art of Pulp Horror is a stunning and informative guide to how, for over 100 years, we have enthusiastically embraced and exploited the gratuitous and the gory into our popular culture. Very well done, with an outstanding selection of artwork, sometimes from the originals and some done especially for this book, as well as rare covers, posters and more.

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