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Graven Images: The Best of Horror, Fantasy, and Science-Fiction Film Art from the Collection of Ronald V. Borst Hardcover – October 1, 1992


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 1st edition (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802114849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802114846
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen Shaub on July 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
GRAVEN IMAGES is exactly what it claims to be, 235 pages of the best fantasy and science fiction film art you could possibly imagine and-- beyond! It features beautifully reproduced photos of everything from the common one sheet all the way up to six sheets (that were literally plastered on the sides of buildings to be viewed from car or train) and everything in between including half-sheets, inserts, and lobby cards. It also includes a glossary to define these terms for you in case you are unfamiliar with them. Best of all the items represented aren't simply the American publicity materials, oh no, collector Ron Borst who compiled the book has also chosen to add foreign material chiefly British, French, and Belgian though other countries are represented as well, and some of these posters are absoutely breathtaking.

The book starts with a 15 page forward by Borst (everything is always illustrated) aptly called "The Genesis of a Collector". Among other things Borst's hobby lead to establing one of the best known memorabilia shops in Los Angeles. His forward is followed by the handy-dandy one page glossary, and then by a five page intoduction by the ubiquitous Stephen King that sets the tone for the book which of course is how publicity material, specifically theatrical posters sets up the audiences expectations for the film. It also contains 2 lists, one which is King's list of favorite horror movies as of 1992 and the other his list of favorite horror movie posters as of the same date. Looking at the list I'm assuming that he's referring only to American one sheets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Jaggard on November 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Definately a coffee table book. 235 pages with some of the best reproductions I have ever seen of movie posters. The author must have one heck of a collection to choose the cream of the crop. The publishing company spent time and their efforts were not in vein. Why Amazon.com does not have a scan of the book cover I do not know. Whether you can get this hardcover book with the dust jacket or not doesn't matter. It's what is inside that counts. The essays by Forrest J. Ackerman, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Harland Ellison and Peter Straub are worth reading as they are exclusives you won't find elsewhere. All recollections of how old horror and sci-fi movies inspired them to be where they are today. I met the author at a convention once and got him to sign my copy of the book. Seemed more interested in collecting the money than signing the book and asking my name, but that's an opinion. Wait till you see THE INVISIBLE RAY poster on page 83. Magnificient.

If you want superb books like this, coffee table books or just plain reference guides, there are only a few that rank as good as this. Any of Tom Weaver's interview books. The Dwight Frye biography by Gregory William Mank. THE TWILIGHT ZONE book by Martin Grams. The Francois Truffaunt book about Hitchcock. And of course, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine. This book is essential.
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Just love browsing through this book. The artwork is very inspiring and it is fun to see how the genres progressed through time. Great for Horror and Sci-Fi fans and poster designers in general. This book was put together with a lot of care.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1999
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I have seen the collection in person and let me tell you that this book is phenomenal! . There is no book that comes close to this masterpiece. Ron still sells copies at his store in Hollywood. It is a must for any horror fan. From silent to the 70's it's all in there. There are even some items in his book that are 1 of a kind. Yes, the only specimens left on the planet earth. A feast for the eyes!
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