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"John Edgar Browning's Graphic Horror is a valuable tool for scholars and aficionados of horror films who are looking for an overview of the genre that includes many titles not widely known. . . . The resulting product is a sort of scholarly coffee-table book that invites casual browsing, enabling the reader to understand individual horror films in their historical and social contexts. . . . I found myself updating my Netflix cue and writing down lists of books to get from the library."
--June Pulliam (ed.), Dead Reckonings: A Review of Horror Literature, no. 13 (2013): 102-102
 

 "[Graphic Horror] is an entertaining coffee table book made up of loads of colorful classic horror movie posters, stills from films, and brief tidbits or reactions to each film by well-known. . . . writers, anthologists, scholars, and editors including Mort Castle, Brian Stableford, Katherine Ramsland, Ramsey Campbell, Nancy Kilpatrick, and Tony Timpone."
--Ellen Datlow (ed.), The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Five

"I've always enjoyed horror movie posters . . . and John Edgar Browning's Graphic Horror: Movie Monster Memories uses this unique art form to trace the history of monster movies from the early 20th century to today. . . . present[ing] a fascinating and attractive timeline featuring over 400 posters (including some cool foreign ones) and movie stills spread out over almost 200 pages. . . . Whether you're a horror fan or newcomer to the genre, though, you should be able to find something of value in Graphic Horror."
--Mark H. Harris, Horror & Suspense Guide for About.com

"People pay big money each year to be frightened out of their wits at movies. Horror films have been around since the early part of the last century and are loved by millions. In John Edgar Browning's new book, Graphic Horror: Movie Monster Memories, readers are given a guided tour through the decades via photos of some of the most terrifying movies ever created. . . . [Graphic Horror] make[s] a fascinating journey through the bloody halls of cinematic horror. Do yourself and favor and don't read this book alone at night." --Boyce McClain's Collector's Corner (bamcc-bam.blogspot.com)

About the Author

John Edgar Browning has written several books on movie monsters, including Dracula, vampires, and other undead creatures. He is a Ph.D. student and Arthur A. Schomburg Fellow at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (July 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764340824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764340826
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mike O'Connor TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For decades, the horror movie has been a cinematic staple, supplying many of the silver screen's - and popular culture's - most terrifying and memorable characters. John Edgar Browning's GRAPHIC HORROR, MOVIE MONSTER MEMORIES, a 2012 Schiffer Publishing release, is an appealing illustrated guide to the many horror flicks that have chilled, thrilled, appalled and/or grossed out movie audiences worldwide.

Browning tracks the development of the horror film chronologically with chapters on the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, etc. After a brief summary of the decade, Browning presents hundreds of b&w and color movie posters, lobby posters, movie stills and publicity shots depicting various horror flicks. Some are in English, many are in foreign languages. About 60% of the movies depicted have accompanying commentaries by various horror writers, editors and scholars such as Ramsey Campbell, Donald Glut, F. Paul Wilson, etc. While the comments are interesting, they're often quite brief. I would have liked more verbage.

In any case, MOVIE MONSTER MEMORIES is a visual delight, some 190-odd pages of mostly full-color eye-appealing images of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, King Kong, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dr. Phibes, Jason, Freddy, et al. Horror fans will undoubtedly enjoy this colorful, comprehensive tribute. Recommended.
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Perhaps more than any other type of genre, horror has a legacy that is handed down through the generations and becomes the inspiration for new horror writers and filmmakers. The legacy of horror is at the core of this fun and fantastic new book from Schiffer Publishing. John Edgar Browning (and boy is that a name that exudes horror) takes readers on a trip down horror’s memory lane from the silent era to the present and collects the memories of leading horror writers, editors, anthologists, and historians who wax poetic about some of their favorite and most influential horror films.

Some of the noted commenters include Ramsey Campbell, David Drake, Don Glut, Marvin Kaye, Kim Paffenroth, David J. Skal, Brian Stableford, Tony Timpone, and F. Paul Wilson, to name just a handful. In all there are nine chapters covering the decades of the 1920s to the 2000’s, along with a foreword by David J. Skaal and an afterword by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

Each chapter features still pics or original movie poster of the film in question along with the commenter’s memories of that particular film. These also feature some views of rare overseas versions of posters or lobby cards. But these are not just vaporous comments about how they saw it as a kid, blah, blah, blah, but generally more of a discourse on why the film is so important along with liberal doses of interesting anecdotes such as Leslie Klinger’s comments on the Spanish language version of Dracula from 1931 and why he feels it is vastly superior to the Tod Browning/Bela Lugosi version.

For me the book works not only as a scrapbook of horror movie memories, but also a tome collecting images of hundreds of original film posters.
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This is a coffee-table book of horror movie posters, covering the history of the genre from the silent days until the time of the book's publication, with short comments on many of the films by prominent writers of horror fiction or horror film criticism. It is organised chronologically and includes posters from a variety of countries. The films themselves are mostly from the U.S. or Britain, but there is a sprinkling of titles from other nations. A few titles were made-for-television.

It's fun to leaf through the book and think about the way the horror film has evolved, with different strands weaving in and out and taking different forms - vampires, ghosts, zombies, possession... Forms would change and key films would send out offshoots. Before 1968, zombies were produced by voodoo, but "Night of the Living Dead" was a dominant mutation which produced a overwhelming proliferation of clones and variations. A basic idea would take a variety of different forms - vampires could be hideously bestial as in "Nosferatu" (1922), sinisterly seductive as in "Dracula" (1931), romantic and sexy as in "Interview with the Vampire" (1994) or comical as in "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" (1995). Some films would chill your marrow with what they left mysterious - "Cat People" (1942) or "The Haunting" (1963) - others would churn your stomach with explicit depictions of cruelty and gore - e.g. "Hostel" (2005). In the forties a sequel meant "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman" (1943), in the eighties a sequel meant "Friday the Thirteenth, Part VII - The New Blood" (1988). While it is easy to be cynical, each decade has produced its share of films to treasure.

The choice of films covered is certainly open to question.
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