Exploring the History of Horror: Weird Paperbacks, Nouveau Symbolist Art, and The Bride RETURNS

Paperbacks from Hell was one of the best things I read last year, and apparently a lot of folks in the horror cognoscenti agree with my assessment, because authors Grady Hendrix and Will Errickson have won a Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction. Congratulations to them on a well-deserved win! Jack and I spoke to Will on Bad Books for Bad People about his longstanding passion for horror paperbacks and were struck by his depth of knowledge and sincere enthusiasm. Listen to our chat, and then RUN DON’T WALK to grab a copy of the book if you don’t already own it. Warning: your to-read list will grow exponentially as a result.

My long-time friend Joey Zone (finally!) launched a portfolio site to highlight his exquisite artwork. Combining elegant linework, a refined sense of design, and frequently macabre subject matter, Joey’s work has been featured on book covers and magazines and has graced the posters of literary and artistic events. He’s someone who’s been a constant source of inspiration for me, and I was lucky enough to have him contribute lettering to my art book, Die Mensur.  I also own one of his original drawings, which is a treasured item in my collection.  Do give his site a visit and admire his wondrous aesthetic!

On the topic of people I know who do wonderful work, Tom Blunt (of much-missed New York City variety show “Meet the Lady” fame) has achieved his years-long goal of bringing actress Elsa Lanchester’s autobiography back into print. There is just so much more to this woman than her iconic but too-brief appearance in The Bride of Frankenstein! A work of delightful wit and emotional depth that’s chock full of celebrity encounters during Hollywood’s golden age, Elsa Lanchester, Herself is not to be missed. I’m fortunate enough to own a copy of the book from a prior printing, but the new version includes a foreword by writer (and former child actress) Mara Wilson. Order your copy today.