Companion title to The Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction this new book reflects the same roots in Gothic literature but follows a complementary path through the 20th century, to the movies of Peter Jackson, the success of streaming TV series such as Grimm, and the fantasy of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. From the wellspring of Frankenstein, Germanic fairy tales, and heroic, epic myths a dark and fantastic path can be found to the fragmentation of the 1930s: the schlock horror of early modern movies, the invention of High Fantasy by Tolkien and fellow Inkling C.S. Lewis, and the pulp magazine powerhouse Weird Tales with Robert E. Howard’s sword and sorcery archetype Conan.
A brilliant concoction of movie posters, stills, book covers, fantastic art and incredible timelines.
S.T. Joshi (consultant editor and introduction) is the author of The Weird Tale (1990), The Modern Weird Tale (2001), and Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction (2012). His award-winning biography H.P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996) was later expanded as I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft (2010). 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 (2007).
Roger Luckhurst is a professor in the School of Arts, at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is author of eight books, including The Mummy’s Curse (2012) and Zombies: A Cultural History (2015). He has also edited Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and the collection Late Victorian Gothic Tales for the Oxford World’s Classics series.
Mike Ashley has compiled or edited over 100 books including reference works for children, the biography of Algernon Blackwood and a five-volume series on the history of the science-fiction magazine. Having retired from local government in 1998, he has still managed to spend over 50 years collecting, reading and researching popular fiction, especially fantasy, supernatural, crime and science fiction. He received the Pilgrim Award for Lifetime Achievement in science-fiction scholarship in 2002 and the Edgar Award for The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction in 2003.
Michael Kerrigan (author) has written on the history, mythology, arts and culture of many different countries, from India to Ireland and from Mongolia to Peru. His abridgements of The Journals of Lewis and Clark (2004) and Charles Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle: The Journals that Revealed Nature’s Grand Plan (2005) presented the explorers’ own journals, in their own words, for modern readers. More recently he has been author of Best-kept Secrets of Paris (2012), Undiscovered Wales (2015) and A Dark History of China (2019). A longstanding contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, he lives with his family in Edinburgh.
Matt Cardin (chapter 4) is the author of the supernatural horror collections Divinations of the Deep and Dark Awakenings (2010) and the editor of, among others, the two-volume reference work Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears (2017). His work has appeared in many anthologies, magazines, websites, and specialized reference works, and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and recommended for the British Fantasy Award and Bram Stoker Award. He resides in North Texas, where he works as Associate Vice President of Instruction at Ranger College.
Dave Golder is a former editor of SFX magazine (which he helped to launch), SFX.co.uk and Comic Heroes magazine, but he first began writing professionally about science fiction with a regular feature in Your Sinclair called The Killer Kolumn From Outer Space. He has also written for various gaming magazines despite only ever having finished two games completely. And one of those was Kung Fu Panda. He now works freelance and is pretending to write a novel.
As a boy, Russ Thorne loved reading Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, playing Hero Quest and poring over issues of 'White Dwarf', admiring the cover art in the process. Later he studied English Literature and got to know Homer's heroes and a bit of Beowulf, before beginning a career as a writer and editor. Since then he's published books on tattoo art, body piercing and vampires and writes regularly for national newspapers including the Independent.
Rosie Fletcher (chapters 7 & 8) is the Movies Editor at Digital Spy. An entertainment journalist for more than a decade, she was staff on Total Film magazine for six years and is a regular columnist and reviewer of books, films and television shows for SFX magazine. A horror specialist, Rosie has presented films and panels at FrightFest and for The Final Girls. As well as her work as a journalist Rosie is also a script development consultant, working with filmmakers and screenwriters to help bring their movies to the screen.
Publisher: Flame Tree Illustrated (October 31, 2018)