Annal: 2007 International Horror Guild Award for Nonfiction

Results of the International Horror Guild Award in the year 2007.

Book:Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark

Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark

Tim Lucas

This massive new critical biography explores in unprecedented detail the life and legacy of one of the most original, influential, and secretive filmmakers of the 20th century.

Best known as the maestro of many aggressively cinematic, candy-colored Italian horror and fantasy films (Black Sunday, Black Sabbath, Danger: Diabolik), Mario Bava spent the first twenty years of his career as one of Italy’s leading cinematographers, during which time he was helped to cultivate the screen personas of such actors as Aldo Fabrizi, Gina Lollobrigida, and Steve Reeves. He was literally present at the beginning of each new form of cinema native to his country, from operettas to neorealism to sword and sandal movies to Spaghetti Westerns. Most importantly, he was the principal visionary behind the Golden Age of Italian fantasy, which lasted from 1957 until his death in 1980.

This book marks an exciting new development in the fields of film-related biography and book-making. Simply to page through this remarkable tome, as overpoweringly visual as any of Bava’s own films, is to feel like you’re watching an epic film.

Book:Frankenstein: A Cultural History

Frankenstein: A Cultural History

Susan Tyler Hitchcock

A lively history of the Frankenstein myth, tracing its evolution from a Romantic nightmare to its prominence in today’s imaginative landscape.

Frankenstein began as the nightmare of an unwed teenage mother in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1816. At a time when the moral universe was shifting and advances in scientific knowledge promised humans dominion over that which had been God’s alone, Mary Shelley envisioned a story of human presumption and its misbegotten consequences. Two centuries later, that story is still constantly retold and reinterpreted, from Halloween cartoons to ominous allusions in the public debate, capturing and conveying meaning central to our consciousness today and our concerns for tomorrow. From Victorian musical theater to Boris Karloff with neck bolts, to invocations at the President’s Council on Bioethics, the monster and his myth have inspired everyone from cultural critics…[more]

Book:The Science of Stephen King

The Science of Stephen King: From "Carrie" to "Cell", the Terrifying Truth Behind the Horror Master's Fiction

Lois H. Gresh, Robert Weinberg

“The Science of Stephen King appeals to both the scientist and the longtimereader of Stephen King in me. Gresh and Weinberg use concepts from King’s fiction as launching pads for in-depth explorations of concepts as diverse as ESP, pyrokinesis, time travel, artificial intelligence, quantum chemistry, alternate realities, string theory, and the possibility that we’ll be visited by aliens or that we’ll face a global pandemic. Much of what Stephen King writes about in his novels is closer to reality than you might think.” —Bev Vincent, Ph.D., author of The Road to the Dark Tower

Book:Sides

Sides

Peter Straub

Over twenty years in the making, Sides represents the first ever collection of non-fiction by bestselling author Peter Straub. Featuring introductions, essays, afterwords, and even a “frivolity” along with the collected works of Putney Tyson Ridge, Straub’s “self-invented human speed bump and alter ego” this collection presents a rare glimpse into the author’s tastes and personal musings on topics ranging from The Stepford Wives and Dracula to Lawrence Block and Stephen King.

Also included is “The Fantasy of Everyday Life”, Straub’s Guest-of-Honor speech at the 1998 International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts, and “Mom”, an essay that appeared in a book that combined short stories written by mother-son partnerships with essays written by male writers about their mothers. The “frivolity” here “Why Electricman Lives in New York” was written for an anthology celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of New York Is Book Country.

This long awaited collection closes with Putney Tyson Ridge’s reviews and commentaries on every Peter Straub book published since the 1970s.

Book:Warnings to the Curious: A Sheaf of Criticism on M.R. James

Warnings to the Curious: A Sheaf of Criticism on M.R. James

S.T. Joshi, Rosemary Pardoe

British writer Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) is the most influential author of ghost stories in literary history, but his work has not received the attention it deserves. Warnings to the Curious, the first volume on James to be devoted entirely to his ghostly fiction, features a wealth of material old and new about the scholarly author and his supernatural writing. The volume opens with memoirs of James by such friends as Stephen Gaselee and Shane Leslie, and early criticism by H. P. Lovecraft, Mary Butts, and others.

Simon MacCulloch contributes an exhaustive discussion of the theme of “forbidden knowledge” in James and Lovecraft, while such critics as Ron Weighell, David G. Rowlands, Jacqueline Simpson, and Steve Duffy probe specific aspects of James’s ghost stories. Studies of individual tales by such leading Jamesians as Helen Grant, Rosemary Pardoe, Martin Hughes, and Nicholas Connell…[more]

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