FrightFest and FAB Press are launching the paperback edition of Michael Gingold’s THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES in the US. Available from all good bookstores across America from Wed 18 Oct, its official book launch takes place that day at New York’s Forbidden Planet store, with the author present.
It is also now available in the UK from all good bookstores. The hardback version, launched at this year’s Horror Channel FrightFest event, can be exclusively purchased from the FAB Press website: www.fabpress.com
In the book, celebrated writer, editor and critic Michael Gingold traces the history of the genre from the silent movies all the way through to the present day. From Universal Studios legends such as Frankenstein’s Monster and the Wolf Man, to the big bugs, atomic mutants and space invaders that terrorized the ’50s, to the kaiju of Japan and the ecological nightmares of the ’70s and ’80s, to the CG creatures and updated favourites of recent years — they’re all here.
Two hundred of the greatest creature features from across the globe are reviewed, with fascinating facts and critical analysis, all illustrated with a ghoulish gallery of remarkable monstrous imagery. Cult-favourite filmmaker Frank Henenlotter, creator of some of the screen’s most idiosyncratic and bizarre beings, contributes a foreword.
A whole world and grisly galaxy of creatures great and small, spawned from space, the supernatural and strange science, the beginning of time, beneath the sea and beyond imagination, await in this book. Dare you confront the beasts within?
Michael Gingold is an internationally renowned journalist and critic who served as a writer and editor for the world’s biggest horror movie magazine, Fangoria, for over 25 years. Recently, Michael expanded his horizons, writing for Rue Morgue and Birth.Movies.Death in print and online, along with Time Out New York and IndieWire.com, among others.
Foreword written by Frank Henenlotter
The renowned independent filmmaker known for his low-budget monster movies, including Basket Case, Brain Damage, Frankenhooker and Bad Biology, Frank Henenlotter is a lifelong monster movie fan. He lives in New York City, whose 42nd Street movie theatres famously screened most of the films in this book.
FAB Press is an independent publishing company that has been serving film fans since 1993, issuing a library of titles that cover all the important directors and movie genres of interest to cult connoisseurs. Previous publications include a trilogy of essential books written by FrightFest’s own Alan Jones: The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies, Dario Argento: the Man, the Myths and the Magic, and Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing.
FrightFest is the most prestigious horror fantasy movie event in the United Kingdom. Created by Paul McEvoy, film exhibitor Ian Rattray, film critic, international journalist, author and broadcaster Alan Jones, and veteran PR man Greg Day, the main FrightFest event takes place annually over the August Bank Holiday in London.