A sprawling compilation of the history genre, from two of its more knowledgeable practitioners - messrs Barker (who 'presents') and Jones. Worth a read for anyone with the slightest interest in horror.Jake
Great horror compendium. Lots of fun to be found here.Michael
Interesting highlights of horror, both real life and fictional. I think this would have been more interesting seeing the TV show it accompanied, seeing Barker talk about what these bits of horror mean to him.D.M.
This book is fun, but in no way exhaustive...nor does it presume to be. It's meant to be a review of horror by Barker, so it's weighted to his own tastes. The chapters are themed to each letter, and cover a broad range within the subject.The authourship is questionable: the book itself says 'compiled by' Stephen Jones, but the essays appear to be suggesting themselves as by Barker himself. Quotes from him are additionally tagged marginally, but then the synopses by Jones are also individually notated, so who wrote the bulk of the text is anyone's guess. It does not, to me, seem like Barker's writing, but who cares? It's an entertaining book with lots of cool images, and clearly adds more info (like filmographies, bibliographies and further reading) to what must be in the show.More than anything, the book makes me want to see the series it's supposed to be a companion to!Mark Gamer
worth reading for any horrorDan
Great informative book with lists of movies in their own genres. Artwork from CB and great publicity shots/covers.Anna Haugerud
Was about the history of horror, mostly old movie crap, no Clive at all, just him writing it.Brooke
One of the books that sparked my interest in horror.Patrick
The British wackjob gives an alphabetical list of some of his favorite scary movies, books, and random evil stuff he finds inspiring.Roxton Malone
Delves into film, literature, history, even fine arts. Surely one of the best collections of insights into horror throughout the ages ever published.