A Pictorial History of Horror Stories by Peter Haining

By Peter Haining

A PICTORIAL historical past OF HORROR tales:
Two Hundred Years of Illustrations from the Pulp Magazines

This e-book is largely a page-for-page reprint of Haining's previous publication entitled "Terror: A historical past of Horror Illustrations from Pulp Magazines." there is not any new fabric. the single distinction is it's a hardback with diverse disguise paintings. whereas it's particularly 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 huge shortcoming -- many of the luridly colourful pulp journal conceal pictures are reproduced in B&W. That makes for a truly monotonous learn. nowadays, more moderen books concerning the pulps continuously 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, sleek illus bds with lurid photo of monster attacking a napping 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 regularly fascinating.

A ceremonial dinner of nightmares in images, rescued from the crumbling pages of lengthy useless 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 apartment of horror illustrations

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1919 (Opposite) Two of the most famous 'Dime Novel' companies-Beadle's with the story of a steam man, and Morrison who preferred the blood and violence of the Wild West. Below them are the first two Munsey 'pulp' magazines which took over from the 'Dime Novel': The October 1912 All-Story is one of the most famous issues of any 'pulp'; it introduced Tarzan to the reading public. Pettee was the artist; Paul Stahr the illustrator for 46 Argosy. THE HUGE HUNTER; 01, THE STEAM MAN OF THE PRAIRIES. that.

A man of shrewd judgement but poor health. Weird Tales clung doggedly to life and began building the readership which sustained it through the coming years. The secret of this astonishing exercise in longevity may have been in part due to the rapport which was built up between the readers and authors-indeed a Weird Tales club was founded in which the two parties alternately praised and criticised each other. but always with the best interests of the magazine at heart. Perhaps best remembered of all the Weird Tales' roster of authors was the strange recluse of Rhode Island.

The Occupant of the Crypt' in the September 1947 magazine was considered a classic. LEO MARGULIES Weird Tales issue Weird Tales. now a legendary title among all lovers of macabre fiction. was founded in March 1923 and was the first all-fantasy publication in the world. Printed on pulp paper. supported by a barely viable though fiercely loyal coterie of readers. it nevertheless survived for thirty-two years. and was responsible for first publishing many of the most revered names in twentieth-century fantasy fiction.

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