By Peter Haining
A PICTORIAL background OF HORROR tales:
Two Hundred Years of Illustrations from the Pulp Magazines
This ebook is essentially a page-for-page reprint of Haining's prior booklet entitled "Terror: A heritage of Horror Illustrations from Pulp Magazines." there is not any new fabric. the one distinction is it's a hardback with varied conceal paintings. whereas it's fairly thorough in visually documenting the evolution of horror representation from the "penny-dreadful" magazines of the Victorian age throughout the pulps of the '30s and '40s, it has a tremendous shortcoming -- lots of the luridly colourful pulp journal hide photographs are reproduced in B&W. That makes for a truly monotonous learn. nowadays, more moderen books in regards to the pulps constantly reproduce the covers in excellent colour. Why they didn't see healthy to do this within the '70s and and '80s is a secret and a disgrace. somebody must revisit the topic of horror pulps and do it right.
4to, modern illus bds with lurid photo of monster attacking a drowsing 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 constantly fascinating.
A ceremonial dinner of nightmares in photographs, rescued from the crumbling pages of lengthy useless 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 residence of horror illustrations
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The 'Pulps' were the principal entertainment vehicle for mil/ions of Americans. They were an unflickering, uncoloured TV screen upon which the reader could spread the most glorious imagination he possessed. HENRY STEEGER The Pulps As the twentieth century dawned, a former telegraph operator from Maine named Frank A. Munsey looked at the profusion of expensive magazines literally stacked on the bookstalls of America and was suddenly struck by a thought. ' It was one of those so-obvious truths that no one before had put into words-but Munsey not only did (Previous page) 'There came a sound of breaking wood and one end of the coffin rose from the mound of earth: An illus tration by Frank Paul for story, 'The Outcast' from 7.
Opposite) Intervention from space during the Blitz was the theme of Witl McMorrow'S story, The Sun Makers', illustrated by Paul (Top) Ghostly encouragement for a war weary soldier in A Merritt's Three lines of Old French', first published in All-Story Magaz;ne in 1919 (left) Ghosts from the past were also abroad at sea in Philip M. Fisher's tale of the haunted destroyer, The Devil of the Western Sea', from Argosy, 1922, illus trated by V. 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.
And was responsible for first publishing many of the most revered names in twentieth-century fantasy fiction. Copies of the magazine are now some of the most sought after among collectors and despite their rapidly declining condition fetch ever increasing prices. The life of this extraordinary magazine spans almost the entire era of the American 'pulps' -including the Depression and the Second World War-yet at the end of its first year of publication. it was so far in debt that its future seemed unlikely.
A Pictorial History of Horror Stories by Peter Haining