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The Golden Labyrinth

 
Author: Steve Earles ISBN: 0953656497
Market: Cult & General Film Extent: 256 pages
Published: July 2009 Price: £12.99 / $22.00

The Golden Labyrinth is the first comprehensive study of the films of Guillermo del Toro. Extensively researched, and presented in an entertaining and readable fashion synonymous with Noir Publishing, The Golden Labyrinth covers all del Toro’s work to date, but goes further, covering their inspirations, genesis, and production.

Going further than a typical film book, The Golden Labyrinth explores such diverse inspirations as the work of the alchemists that inspired the Cronos Device of del Toro’s full-length debut, the terrible events of the Spanish Civil War that underlay some of his most critically acclaimed work, and the Celtic mythology that provides the beating heart of Hellboy II, to name but three.

Del Toro is the future of 21st century fantasy film, with the forthcoming production of the Peter Jackson produced The Hobbit, del Toro will become the North Star that future filmmakers will follow. Yet despite the enormity of the project, del Toro still has several diverse projects in development, as both producer, and writer/director. While Hollywood contents itself with endless recycling of ideas long worn out, del Toro’s only problem is so many ideas, not enough time to make them all.

Inspired by his upbringing in Mexico, and by the stories told to him by his grandmother, del Toro is first and foremost a master storyteller, whether as writer, director, artist or producer, he serves his inner muse, not caring about box office returns (and thus, ironically, producing them). But, as with his films, there are further depths to the man, for he uses his films not to escape from our reality but to make sense of it.

SELLING POINTS:

• First extensive exploration of del Toro’s unique body of work in book form

• Over 200 illustrations including many rare photographs, ad mats & posters

• With the forthcoming production of The Hobbit and it’s sequel, del Toro will become not only one of the world’s most critically acclaimed directors but also one of its best known

Films include:-

• Hollywood hits Hellboy, Hellboy 2 - The Golden Army & Blade 2

• Epic fantasy on a dizzying scale as revealed in Pan’s Labyrinth

• The subtle chills of The Devil’s Backbone

• Imaginative vampirism in Cronos & voracious insects in Mimic

• Haunting fear & childhood nightmares of The Orphanage

• Animated entries in the Hellboy series & early TV career

MARKET:

• Combining elements of fantasy, action, horror and graphic comic book

adventures, del Toro’s films appeal to a wide range of film fans

PUBLICITY

• Press coverage in DVD Monthly, Total Film, Zoo, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Alternative Magazine, The Sport, Metal Hammer, SFX & Zero Tolerance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steve Earles -Regular contributor to Zero Tolerance, Film West, Northern Lightz, Bad Acid, Ireland’s Own, Africa, Necronomicon & The Dead Walk.

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The Dead Walk - New, revised Edition

 
Author: Andy Black & Steve Earles ISBN: 0953656489
Market: Cinema Extent: 288 pages
Published: July 2009 Price: £11.99 / $20.00

Completely revised, expanded & updated, The Dead Walk  is a highly informative and entertaining study of the diverse zombie film phenomenon. Included are a visual feast of wide-ranging and often shocking films from the monochrome epics of the 1930's & 1940's, the science-fiction orientated zombie films of the 1950's, the graphic splatter films & so-called "video nasties" of the 1980's before coming bang up to date to reflect the re-emergence of the zombie genre again, only now racing rather than shuffling towards box office domination anew.

 

The Dead Walk provides a fascinating insight into films from across the globe as well as devoting proper attention to individual filmmakers such as George A. Romero & Lucio Fulci who have made the zombie genre their own. As well as detailing the historical origins of zombie lore rooted within Haitian voodoo rites, films as diverse as Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead series to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange are featured, together with a separate chapter on Mummy films including Universal's latest trilogy.

 

The zombie genre phenomenon is newly resurrected thanks to Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake plus George A. Romero's 'rebirth' with Land of the Dead & Diary of the Dead. With recent entries including the Resident Evil trilogy, Shaun of the Dead, Planet Terror, Doomsday and [REC], the zombie genre is enjoying a Lazarus-like renaissance - it's never been a better time to be undead!

 

¥ Over 300 illustrations 

¥ Many rare stills

¥ Plague of the Zombies 

¥ Lucio Fulci's The Beyond, Gates of Hell & Zombie Flesh Eaters 

¥ George A. Romero's Dead series

¥ The Hellraiser series 

¥ Return of the Living Dead series  

¥ 28 Days Later & 28 Weeks Later

¥ Hammer's Mummy series & Universal's new Mummy trilogy

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Flowers From Hell

The Modern Japanese Horror Film  
By: Jim Harper ISBN: 0953656470
Price: £9.99 / $18.00 ISBN13: 9780953656479
Extent: 192 pages Dimensions: 250 X 192mm
Published: Coming Soon! Illustrations: Colour & Mono

Over the past decade, Japan has become a key player on the contemporary horror scene, producing some of the most influential and critically respected genre movies of recent years and helping to spark off the worldwide interest in Asian horror. Whether it's the subtle chills of Ring, the graphic brutality of Audition or the zombie-fuelled mayhem of Versus, Japanese horror has had a major impact throughout the world, leading to high profile remakes and sending its most talented directors to Hollywood.

Flowers from Hell is the most in-depth look at the vibrant and challenging world of modern Japanese horror so far, covering the best directors, the most important films and the most popular themes of the past 25 years. From its origins in the mid-80s to the multi-million dollar franchises of today, Flowers from Hell traces the evolution of this consistently inventive and influential horror phenomenon.

SELLING POINTS

¥ Transgressive cinema, graphic action, cult directors & eroticism
¥ Over 100 illustrations with many rare photographs & colour section
¥ Films featured include:-
¥ The Ring series
¥Audition
¥Battle Royale
¥Juon/The Grudge
¥ Evil Dead Trap ¥Curse
¥Pulse plus over 200 other captivating titles including the controversial soft core Pink cinema genre

¥ ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim Harper is the author of Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies and Italian Horror 1979-1994. He has written extensively on the subject of international horror movies and his work has appeared in a variety of publications and web sites, including the Flipside Movie Emporium, Midnight Eye, Deranged magazine and Necronomicon. As well as preparing DVD liner notes, Jim Harper has also written a selection of audio biographies and contributed a large number of reviews to the acclaimed online music encyclopedia, Allmusic.com. "Zombies and shallow graves are traditional staples of horror, but musical numbers, stop-motion clay figures and surrealism are not.." - Jim Harper

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Necronomicon Book Three

The Journal of Horror and Erotic Cinema
Edited by: Andy Black ISBN: 0 9536564 0 3
Market: Cult Cinema Extent: 192 pages
Published: November 1999 Price: £12.95

Following on from the success of Necronomicon magazine and the first two books published by Creation Books, Necronomicon Book Three, the first publication from Noir Publishing, continues to explore the perverse delights of cult, horror and erotic cinema.

Amongst the films discussed as Just Jaeckin's legendary erotic masterpiece The Story of O, amply illustrated with a selection of rare, not to mention mouth-watering stills, a dissection of George Franju's classic Eyes Without A Face and its' modern successor, Jess Franco's Faceless, plus a celebration of the brief but memorable career of 70's icon soledad Miranda in films such as Vampyros Lesbos and She Killed in Ecstasy.

Also revealed are the prolific horror excesses of Honey I Shrunk the Kids scriptwriter Brian Yuzna in an in-depth interview charting his work on films such as Reanimator, Return of the Living Dead 3, Society and The Dentist. In addition, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu is discussed in-depth, along with the intriguing Scream and Scream Again where Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee all star, together with the gothic cinema of Mario Bava's Baron Blood and Lisa and the Devil, the sexy vampires in Jean Rollin's Le Frisson Des Vampires and the explosive sexploitation in Roberto Rodriguez' From Dusk Till Dawn. Profusely illustrated throughout with many rare stills and ad mats, Necronomicon Book Three is a must have for any true fans of the diverse world of cult, horror and erotic cinema. Features Over 100 illustrations including many rare photos.

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Necronomicon Book Four

Edited by: Andy Black ISBN: 0 9536564 3 8
Market: Cinema Extent: 192 pages
Published: September 2001 Price: £12.95

Continuing on from the success of the first three Necronomicon books, Necronomicon Book Four again seeks out controversial and transgressive cinema from around the globe. Tease away the skin from the dark underbelly of this tome to reveal yet more perverse delights within the cult, horror and erotic cinema which is explored.
"Essential collecting for cinema fans, raiders of art house video shops, counter culture hedonists and blood junkies." - SKIN 2
Articles include:- Don't Look Back In Anger : From Egyptology to Nazism with Kenneth Anger
Magic Is Everywhere : Occult rituals and surreal images in Suspiria
Photo-Finish : Existential Horror in Michaelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up
Screams and Sequels : Parody and terror in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 4
Snakes Alive ! : Repulsion uncoils in Anaconda and The Reptile
Diabolical Capers : Sexy spies in Danger Diabolik and Austin Powers
Modern Gothic : Nightmare Visions in Sleepy Hollow
All That Jazz : Venus in Furs will be smiling...on Jess Franco
Inside Borowczyk : The Making of Blood of Dr. Jekyll
And Much More... ABOUT_THE_EDITOR
Editor of the Necronomicon book series and the Necronomicon presents book series, author of The Dead Walk (Noir Publishing), Ten Top Films of Leonardo DiCaprio and Ten Top Films of Oliver Reed (Glitter Books). Freelance contributor to Shivers, Marquis, Samhain, Men Only & Club International.
FEATURES
Over 9,000 copies sold of the first 3 volumes
Over 100 rare photographs
Bizarre magazine publisher feature

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Necronomicon Book Five

Edited by: Andy Black ISBN: 9780953656455
Market: Cult Cinema Extent: 192 pages
Published: December 2007 Price: £8.99
Continuing on from the success of the first four Necronomicon books, Necronomicon Book Five again seeks out controversial and transgressive cinema from around the globe. Tease away the skin from the dark underbelly of this tome to reveal yet more perverse delights within the cult, horror and erotic cinema which is explored.

"Bloody good way to impress any ultra-hip media chicks or failing that, vampish psycho's." SOHO

"Andy Black's passionate zest for the outer limits of transgressive cinema remains refreshingly undiminished." MARQUIS

Articles include:-
Audition : Takashi Miike's perverse universe will needle you
Rural Gothic : Cabin Fever & House of a 1000 Corpses
Weird Westerns : The Killing Box
Hammer Horror : Quatermass and the Pit
Neo-Zombies : In 28 Days Later & Resident Evil
Sexy Vamps: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Germanic Murder : Mayhem uber alles
Marshall law with Dog Soldiers and The Descent
Wish You Weren't Here - Holidays from hell in the Hostel series, Severance and Turistas
And Much More...

ABOUT_THE_EDITOR
Editor of the Necronomicon book series and the Necronomicon presents book series, author of The Dead Walk (Noir Publishing), Ten Top Films of Leonardo DiCaprio and Ten Top Films of Oliver Reed (Glitter Books). Freelance contributor to Terrorizer, Shivers, Marquis, Men Only &
Club International.

FEATURES
¥ Over 10,000 copies sold of the first 4 volumes
¥ Over 100 rare photographs

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Shocking Cinema of the 70's

 
Edited by: Xavier Mendik ISBN: 0 9536564 4 6
Market: Cinema Extent: 228 pages
Published: November 2002 Price: £18.99
Fresh from the success of the first three Necronomicon books, Shocking Cinema of the Seventies kicks off a brand new Necronomicon presents series focusing on specific film decades, the first concentrating on the 1970's - The Decade That Humanity Forgot. In a series of innovative articles leading critics and scholars consider the social and cinematic issues which shaped the films of the decade. The volume considers film genres such as horror, the disaster movie, blaxploitation and Kung-Fu in order to discover the truth behind one of the most prolific, turbulent and challenging periods of cinema history.
Articles include:-
London Kills Me ! : British Horror's Responses to the Seventies
The Men From Hong Kong : Kung Fu Cinema after Bruce Lee
Possessed by Soul : The Seventies Recuperation of the Blaxploitation
Male Family Functions in Seventies Horror : Wes Craven's Last House on the Left
James Taylor and the Open Road : Rethinking Two-Lane Blacktop
Urban Legend : The Seventies Films of Michael Winner
The Corrupted Civic Body : The Films of George A. Romero
Seventies Horrors : The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Star Traumas and Mixed Messages : Ideology and the Disaster Movie
And Much More...

ABOUT THE EDITOR

Xavier Mendik is a lecturer in Media and Popular Culture at Brunel University, London. Since 1994 he has published, broadcast, organised film conferences and cinema tours around the theme of psychoanalysis and its application to cult and horror cinema.

FEATURES

Specially prepared introduction by Michael Winner
Over sixteen articles included
Over 130 rare photographs
Deluxe hardcover edition with 5 colour jacket and gold blocked book

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