Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy & Horror

Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy & Horror

by Flame Tree Publishing


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Fantasy and horror invite us to explore the furthest reaches of our imagination, from the wondrous to the terrible. This gripping and in-depth illustrated companion chronicles the origins and intertwining history of the genres. Packed with timelines, illustrations, movie posters, film and TV stills, book covers and more, this book is as riveting as it is visually stunning. Prepare to be captivated as you journey to fantastic realms filled with strange beasts and supernatural terrors, charting a course from the genres’ shared roots in ancient myth and folklore, the invention of high fantasy by Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, and the pulp magazine powerhouse Weird Tales with Robert E. Howard’s sword and sorcery archetype Conan the Barbarian. Remarkable in its scope, readers will also gain new insight into the rise of visual effects, with Disney’s Aladdin and Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke paving the way for today’s animated movies. The journey ends with a look at the work of contemporary masters like Neil Gaiman, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson. Great writers and story-telling directors are often inspired and influenced by each other’s ideas and this book explores how such a collaboration creates awe-inspiring and mind-bending horror and fantasy, which reflects and challenges cultural anxieties as well as technological  and scientific developments. Every artist explored in this book has played a pivotal role in the genres’ epic form of world-building, from its earliest incarnation to the mass appeal phenomenon it is today. Both casual and dedicated fans will be bewitched from beginning to end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787553224
Publisher: Flame Tree
Publication date: 12/03/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 477,505
Product dimensions: 11.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

S.T. Joshi (consultant editor and introduction) is the author of The Weird Tale , The Modern Weird Tale, and Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction. His award-winning biography H.P. Lovecraft: A Life  was later expanded as I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft . He has prepared editions of the work of Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, M.R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Ambrose Bierce, Clark Ashton Smith, and other classic authors of weird fiction, as well as the anthology American Supernatural Tales. Ramsey Campbell (Foreword) is described in The Oxford Companion to English as "Britain’s most respected living horror writer."  He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature.

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