By Peter Haining

A PICTORIAL heritage 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 previous booklet entitled "Terror: A historical past of Horror Illustrations from Pulp Magazines." there isn't any new fabric. the single distinction is it's a hardback with diversified hide artwork. whereas it's really 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 massive shortcoming -- many of the luridly colourful pulp journal disguise photographs 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 photo of monster attacking a snoozing girl, 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 continually fascinating.

A ceremonial dinner of nightmares in images, 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 condo of horror illustrations

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There were also contributions from overseas writers, for although the pay might seem small by American standards, for British and European authors they offered a new market with additional fees for no extra work I n the context of this book there were several important 'pulp' magazines, including a number of those from Frank Munsey's stable, such as Argosy and AI/-Story; Amazing Stories, which carried macabre stories among the science fiction; the long-running Fantastic Adventures; the highly popular Famous Fantastic Mysteries and its companion, Fantastic Novels: and those which featured purely horror stories, Strange Tales, Terror Tales, Horror Stories and the legendary Weird Tales, which is of such importance as to merit a section of its own 47 0".

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. Howard. creator of the Barbarian super-hero. Conan. There were many more. as the captions to the illustrations by the magazine's galaxy of splendid artists will reveal. As for the masters of the genre. we shall be returning to them in the next section.

Though. 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.

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