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 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, Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James, 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 of Modern Literature at Birkbeck College in London. He has written books on mummy curses, zombies and vampires, and has edited Gothic classics by H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker.
Mike Ashley (chapter 2) 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.
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.
Former writer and editor of leading science fiction magazine SFX and Comic Heroes magazine, Dave Golder currently divides his time between editing geek entertainment website MyM BUZZ and trying to write a sitcom about Cornish zombies. He is author of the books Science Fiction Movie Posters: The Fantastic Chronicle of Movie Posters and Dystopia: Post-Apocalyptic Art, Fiction, Movies & More and contributor to Sci-Fi Chronicles.
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.