Well here it is folks my final part of my roundup of what I thought was the best in horror publishing in 2013.
Part 1 - HORROR AUTHOR COLLECTION REVIEW
PART 2 HORROR ANTHOLOGY REVIEW
PART 3 - HORROR NOVELLA REVIEW
PART 4 - HORROR NOVEL REVIEW
and now we come to PART 5 HORROR NON FICTION REVIEW.
The horror genre has always been supported by an army of fans fighting the good fight from their bedroom trenches. Xerox Ferox traces the rise of the horror film fanzine, from the 1960s to the gorehounds that followed. Featuring in-depth interviews with over 50 writers, editors and industry pros, this is the final word on an era that changed the world of fandom forever.
This is an intriguing, fascinating and at times funny look into the world of horror fanzines.
Many of us who grew up in the 1970's and 1980's will have fond memories of the Haynes series of owners manual. These books preceded the Dummies Guide to series of books by decades. So when horror author Sean Page decided to create a manual for surviving the impending zombie apocalypse I was initially mildly amused by the idea, while at the same time slightly skeptical by it.
However within in seconds of receiving the book I was left without a doubt that this was a rather special book. The amount of detail, research and effort that Sean Page has put into this book is amazing. This is a unique book, that every zombie and survival nut must own. Fun and informative, this book is the only book you'll need come the apocalypse.
The horror genre is full of stories about forgotten gems. Luckily for us we have people like Johnny Mains out there looking after these forgotten gems.
The Sorcerers in itself is a fascinating film, however when you add in the story about how the film's scriptwriter John Burke was treated by the producers of the film The Sorcerers becomes a fascinating story.
You can tell that Johnny Mains has a great deal of love for both the film and John Burke, as this book radiates it from every page. Beautifully produced this is a high quality product that gives one of the genres forgotten greats a brilliant memorial.
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The world of horror fiction review is full of writers who are far better qualified to review than little old me. Doors to Elsewhere by Mike Mike Barrett collects his essays on late 19th / early 20th century horror and fantasy writers such as Fritz Leiber, Clifford Ball, Theodore Sturgeon, and MP Shiel. It also includes a comprehensive overview of Arkham House.
Like the other books featured here, Doors to Elsewhere has one very important factor that is common to all the other books. And that is readability, this collection of essays could very easily have been a dry read. However Mike Barrett is a very gifted reviewer, and each and everyone of these essays gives an engrossing look into the work of some of the genre's founding fathers. This is an indispensable reference work , that all fans of the genre, and in particular all of us who review horror fiction should read. Intelligent, compelling and above all enlightening Doors To Elsewhere is a must read.
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