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CLIVE BARKER'S A-Z OF HORROR

Barker, Clive; Jones, Stephen (editor)

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ISBN 10: 0061052779 / ISBN 13: 9780061052774
Published by HarperPrism, New York, 1997
Condition: Good + Hardcover
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Black paper covered boards, quarter bound in gray, silver embossed titles at spine, corners slightly bumped. Book body clean and tight, b&w and color photo illustrations throughout. Signed and inscribed with an ink illustration by Clive Barker on front free endpaper. Photo illustrated dust jacket shows some rubbing and shelf wear to covers, moderate shelf wear to edges and tail of spine, light sunning, head of spine heavily bumped and slightly cracked, price intact. Bookseller Inventory # 48425

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Title: CLIVE BARKER'S A-Z OF HORROR

Publisher: HarperPrism, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Good -

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Synopsis:

An illustrated volume compiled from the BBC television miniseries offers a personal tour of the real stories and people who inspired Barker's work, from serial killers and rebel artists to legendary monsters and Hollywood stars.

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This splashy, high-concept book with glossy pages (designed to accompany a BBC-TV series) is not so much an encyclopedia, as a color scrapbook of Clive Barker's horror obsessions. After an introduction in which Barker examines such questions as "What is horror?" and "Why does it fascinate us?," the book takes the form of 26 heavily illustrated historical essays about assorted topics in the genre--one for each letter of the alphabet (e.g., "B is for Beelzebub"). The pictures include numerous paintings and drawings by Barker, stills from movies, movie posters, author/director bio inserts, and photographs of all types. A partial list of the topics covered: serial killers, H. P. Lovecraft, Dennis Wheatley, John Carpenter, H. R. Giger, Grand Guignol, makeup, killer clowns, killer kids, body horror, Japanese monsters, Barbara Steele, Shirley Jackson, fairy tales, and sculptor Franz Messerschmidt. A fun toy for horror buffs!

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