Looking to beef up your book collection and do a little reading this year? Here are five upcoming horror-themed books that we can guarantee you’ll want on your shelf!
It was way back in 1979 that the first issue of Fangoria hit newsstands, which means that the magazine turns the ripe old age of 35 this year. Fangoria: Cover to Cover is a celebration of that anniversary, a hardcover book that includes full-color reproductions of every Fangoria cover from the past 35 years. Yep. Every. Single. One. Not only is the book a celebration of Fangoria but it’s also a loving ode to horror movies at large, serving as a coffee table history of the genre. The 400-page book is filled out with behind the scenes photos, trivia tidbits and promotional art, making this the ultimate retrospective of the past three decades of horror.
After spending the past five years traveling the country in search of horror movie filming locations and all sorts of other landmarks that would appeal to horror fans like ourselves, photographer Tony Urban has put together Travelogue of Horror, which takes you on a road trip to the country’s most bizarre and macabre destinations. Featuring over 70 vivid color photos, the book offers up pit stops to Friday the 13th, Evil Dead and Jaws filming locations, alongside ventures to Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home, UFO crash sites and vampire graves. Now that’s my kind of road trip!
Legendary horror hostess Vampira has been the subject of a couple documentaries in recent years and this September her fascinating story makes the jump to print courtesy of the book Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror. Writer W. Scott Poole delves deep into the life of Maila Nurmi, from her early days as a stripper to present day inspirations, while at the same time using her story to paint a bigger picture of 1950s America and its treatment of women and sex at the time. Vampira is without a doubt one of the most interesting figures in the history of horror, and I can’t wait to learn more about her.
Following in the wake of Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Alien franchise gets the retrospective treatment in Alien the Archive: The Ultimate Guide to the Classic Movies, a hardcover affair that spans an impressive 320 pages. Penned and put together by Mark Salisbury, the coffee table book is the first to ever cover all four films in the series, and it comes jam packed with artwork, photography and all-new interviews with various members of the casts and crews – including Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver and the late H.R. Giger.
Just in time for Halloween comes On Set with John Carpenter, which allows you to go back in time and be a fly on the wall of Carpenter’s film sets, including The Fog, Halloween, Christine and Escape from New York. Photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker was almost always invited to Carpenter’s sets and the 176-page book collects together many of the photographs she took throughout the years, paired with exclusive cast and crew interviews.
So, which of these books do you plan on picking up? Comment below and let us know!
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