Annal: 2006 International Horror Guild Award for Nonfiction

Results of the International Horror Guild Award in the year 2006.

Book:Icons of Horror and the Supernatural

Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares

S.T. Joshi

Horror and the supernatural have fascinated people for centuries, and many of the most central figures appear over and over again. These figures have gained iconic status and continue to hold sway over popular culture and the modern imagination. This book offers extended entries on 24 of the most enduring and significant figures of horror and the supernatural, including The Sea Creature, The Witch, The Alien, The Vampire, The Werewolf, The Sorcerer, The Ghost, The Siren, The Mummy, The Devil, and The Zombie. Each entry is written by a leading authority on the subject and discusses the topic’s essential features and lasting influence, from the classical epics of Homer to the novels of Stephen King. Entries cite sources for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. Entries include illustrations, sidebars of interesting information, and excerpts from key texts.

Book:Cinema Macabre

Cinema Macabre

Mark Morris

A collection of essays on horror cinema from Nosferatu (1922) to The Sixth Sense (1999).

Book:The Darkening Garden

The Darkening Garden: A Short Lexicon of Horror

John Clute

Author, critic, and scholar John Clute has assembled a collection of thirty interlinked essays illuminating the evolution of horror and the horrific. The hidden meanings and dark secrets of horror literature are unraveled with explorations of vastation, affect horror, holocaust fiction, cloaca, and the bound fantastic, to name a few. This complex, chthonic journey cross-references to Clute’s Encyclopedia of Fantasy and acts as a set of arguments about the nature of horror that would underpin Clute’s future encyclopedic work on the subject of the fantastic.

In addition, each entry is accompanied by a brand new illustration by one of thirty hand-picked artists, including Jay Ryan, Tara McPherson, and Steven Weissman. Cover and endpapers illustrated by Jason Van Hollander.

Book:The Freedom of Fantastic Things

The Freedom of Fantastic Things

Scott Connors

As poet, fiction writer, and artist, Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961) has left an indelible mark on the fields of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. But criticism of his bountiful and varied work has been surprisingly scanty, and oftentimes ill-informed. The Freedom of Fantastic Things represents the most substantial volume of criticism of Smith’s work ever published, and includes both original and previously published work by the leading scholars on Smith.

Among the notable contributions are Donald Sidney-Fryer’s exhaustive discussion of Smith’s relations with his early mentor, George Sterling; Brian Stableford’s brilliant analysis of Smith’s cosmicism; Fred Chappell’s sensitive treatment of Smith’s fantastic poetry; S. T. Joshi’s essays on The Hashish-Eater and on Smith’s prose-poetry; Scott Connors’s penetrating study of Smith’s relations to literary Modernism; Lauric Guillaud’s rumination on fantasy and decadence in Smith’s…[more]

Book:Gospel of the Living Dead

Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero's Visions of Hell on Earth

Kim Paffenroth

This volume connects American social and religious views with the classic American movie genre of the zombie horror film. For nearly forty years, the films of George A. Romero have presented viewers with hellish visions of our world overrun by flesh-eating ghouls. This study proves that Romero’s films, like apocalyptic literature or Dante’s Commedia, go beyond the surface experience of repulsion to probe deeper questions of human nature and purpose, often giving a chilling and darkly humorous critique of modern, secular America.

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