Annal: 2003 International Horror Guild Award for Nonfiction

Results of the International Horror Guild Award in the year 2003.

Book:The Devil in the White City

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

Erik Larson

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is…[more]

Book:Heroes & Monsters

Heroes & Monsters: The Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Jess Nevins

This book-length celebration and analysis of the Artistic Event of the Century includes an exclusive interview and introduction by League of Extraordinary Gentlemen co creator and author Alan Moore; commentary by co-creator a nd illustrator Kevin O'Neill: detailed, panel-by-panel annotations of the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series.

Book:Hollywood's Stephen King

Hollywood's Stephen King

Tony Magistrale

For the past three decades, Hollywood has faithfully adapted much of Stephen King’s fiction into film. Of the many major films that have been made, not one has lost money. Part of this may be explained in terms of King’s own popularity in American culture; he has been, after all, a best-selling writer since the late 1970s. But more interesting is what this cinematic fascination reveals about postmodern American culture. In the first overview of Hollywood’s major cinematic interpretations of Stephen King, Tony Magistrale examines the various thematic, narrative, and character interconnections that highlight the relationships among his films. Opening with a revealing interview with Stephen King, the book takes us through chapters that explore such popular films as Stand By Me, Misery, The Shining, The Green Mile, and The Shawshank Redemption among others.

Book:Letters to Alfred Galpin

Letters to Alfred Galpin

H.P. Lovecraft, S.T. Joshi, David E. Schultz

Alfred Galpin (1901-1983) was among H. P. Lovecraft’s most brilliant and stimulating correspondents: a youthful prodigy, he had already become so knowledgeable in literature and philosophy that by 1921 Lovecraft wrote: “He is intellectually exactly like me save in degree. In degree he is immensely my superior-he is what I should like to be but have not brains enough to be.”

In this volume, Lovecraft’s fascinating letters to his friend are collected for the first time, with footnotes and detailed commentary by the editors. Also included are the surviving letters to the Gallomo, a round-robin correspondence cycle including Galpin, Lovecraft, and Maurice W. Moe. In these letters we find fascinating accounts of Lovecraft’s dreams, remarks on the inspirations for his early horror tales, and further details on amateur journalism controversies. Lengthy letters written jointly…[more]

Book:The Selected Letters of Clark Ashton Smith

The Selected Letters of Clark Ashton Smith

David E. Schultz, Scott Connors

Long heralded as the master literary sorcerer of American dark fantasy, Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961) finally comes into his own with this significant collection of 276 annotated letters to his closest friends—George Sterling, Samuel Loveman, Frank Belknap Long, H.P. Lovecraft, Donald Wandrei, August Derleth, Robert H. Barlow and others. With only a minimal education, Smith’s reclusive lifestyle in a small cabin in the woods near Auburn, California, and his insatiable reading, led him to begin writing poetry during his early teens. His poetry came to the attention of noted California poet George Sterling, who helped him find a publisher for “The Star-Treader and Other Poems” in 1912, his first collection. Several more collections appeared over the next decade, before his first short fantasy fiction appeared in the September 1928 issue of “Weird Tales”. Smith was a fairly prolific fantasy writer until 1937, when he virtually ceased writing for reasons never satisfactorily explained, and began to pursue…[more]

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