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The Art of Horror Movies

Edited by Stephen Jones; foreword by John Landis

Rondo Award winner for Book of the Year 2018

The follow-up title to the award-winning The Art of Horror and compiled by the same creative team as that ground-breaking original volume, this lavishly illustrated sequel takes on the entire history of the horror movie genre, charting the evolution of horror films from the early 1900s to the latest releases. The book is illustrated with over 600 rare and unique images, including posters, lobby cards, advertisements, promotional items, tie-in books and magazines – not to mention original artwork inspired by classic movies (some created especially for this book and published here for the first time).

The chapters – each one opening with an extended overview of the period in question – are organized by decade, starting with the ‘Sinister Silents’ and moving, via the intervening decades of fearsomeness and technicolor terrors, through to ‘The 2000s Maniacs’. Multiple award-winning editor Stephen Jones has assembled a team of stellar chapter authors comprising some of the genre’s most highly respected experts, each contributing incisive commentary on ‘their’ decade. With eye-popping images from over the world, The Art of Horror Movies is the definitive guide for any fan of horror films, and for cinephiles of all ages.

An exclusive foreword by Hollywood director and screenwriter John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, among many notable films).

Nominated for the 2018 HWA Bram Stoker Award

Winner of the 2018 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award


The seriously page-turning coffee table book The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History by Stephen Jones not only looks at the entire history of the horror film, but also assaults the eyes (in a good way) with a seemingly endless cavalcade of film posters. Trace the evolution of horror films through decades of horror filmmaking and get lost in over six hundred arresting images from the films that made us jump and fear the dark.
—John DeNardo – KIRKUS, November 22, 2017
It’s a only a few times a year that a horror genre book comes out that is so stunning, it becomes a must-own right out of the gate . . . this year’s perfect coffee table book.
—HORRORNEWS.NET, October 12, 2017
Divided into nine chapters that cover the various periods of celluloid terror, The Art of Horror Movies not only provides the promised visual history, but also a brief but highly informative written account of the decades’ standout films . . . If you’re a horror movie fan (and if not, why not?), a lover of cinema in general, or just like looking at stunning images, this book is for you. A potted history of the genre and some of the most beautiful film posters ever created, what’s not to love?  
—Martin Unswort, STARBURST
A very balanced representation of the genre and many decades covered . . . Most of this stuff is incredibly sophisticated and detailed work which can only inspire multiple wows of appreciation. True fans of horror through the ages cannot fail to treasure this beautiful book. Buy it if you can; you won’t regret it. I can’t recommend this highly enough.
—Ty Power, SCI-FI ONLINE, October 30, 2017
This book bursts with incredible visuals covering a broad range, both in terms of time (from the early 1900s to the present) and geography (art from many countries rarely thought of in this context), with an added depth of the uniformly well-written accompanying texts.
—Dejan Ognjanović, RUE MORGUE, Issue 180, January/February 2018
A must-have for any serious horror historian or lover of great art . . . This is THE art book for fright film fans and if that sounds like you, then consider the treasured titanic tome a necessity.
—Brian M. Sammons, HELLNOTES, January 24, 2018
Horror movie buffs will find The Art of Horror Movies impossible to resist . . . This art book is a treat for horror film enthusiasts, and overflows with vibrant images and fascinating film lore.
—Kevin Howell SHELF AWARENESS FOR READERS, November 21, 2017

Hardback, special cover treatment

h 279 x w 248 mm
w 9 ¾ x h 11 inches
256 pages
600+ images

Rights sold
US and Canada, French, Japanese