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In “Cover Me”, renowned author Colin Larkin presents an affectionate and thoroughly-researched celebration of the classic Pan Books paperbacks published between 1950 and 1965, beautifully illustrated with sumptuous full-colour reproductions of over 300 of the original cover artworks.
Pan books represented a cultural beacon as Britain recovered from World War II and slowly moved from the harsh austerity and rationing of the 1950s into the more upbeat 1960s. While in many respects the public of that period had to endure a life in monochrome – black-and-white TV, low-budget B-movies and grainy holiday snaps – Pan books presented escapist images in glorious colour. They perfectly encapsulated the spirit of the era, as people sought out cheap reading material that astutely reflected contemporary tastes: crime novels, westerns, historical fiction, movie tie-ins, true-life war memoirs and early science fiction.
“Cover Me” presents the highlights of a unique archive of original Pan cover paintings, many of them iconic images of the era. Larkin has owned this major art collection since 1990, and has lovingly researched the Pan Books history, the many superb artists who worked with the company, and the fascinating production process. His own experience makes him ideally qualified to chronicle a subject that has been a passion of his since childhood.
Approx 256pp. Large format 22cm x 28cm hardback. Litho printed. Fully illustrated in full colour throughout.
Published Winter 2020
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Colin Larkin originally trained as an apprentice commercial artist studying typography and book design at the former London College of Printing. He progressed through London Art Studios, finding his skills best suited to working in book publishing. After four years at Longmans as a designer/art editor he left to become the art director of the book and exhibition catalogue publishing company for the vast World of Islam Festival in 1976. He then founded Scorpion Publishing, with a specialist list of art, architecture and oriental rugs, together with music biographies and social history.
Having also built a separate career since 1967 as a music writer, in 1990 Larkin formed Square One Books to create his mammoth “Encyclopaedia of Popular Music” project. Initially published by Guinness in 1992, the ongoing series was later picked up by Macmillan, Virgin, OUP and Omnibus Press. The final 10 volume set, together with 56 spin-off books, became a worldwide success, with total sales exceeding 650,000. Larkin is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading experts on the history of popular music. His Wikipedia entry details his achievements. In 1997, he sold Square One to a major USA data company, MUZE Inc., and continued as its full time editor-in-chief until 2008. His unique collection of Pan artwork and Pan books has been lovingly researched over the years since he first acquired it in 1990.
Delighted to announce that after too many years out of print, Keith Topping's brilliant guide to 80 great British horror films is now back available again.
From 'Night of the Demon' to 'House of Whipcord' … 80 British horror films that collectively made a lasting impression on the psyche of a nation.
Author Keith Topping chronicles the films that shaped his childhood, taking a wry and often irreverent look at their triumphs and failings, their cast and crew, their continuity blunders and their impact on the genre as a whole.
Illustrated with many rare photographs, this is one film guide guaranteed to raise a smile as we take you back to the terrors of yesteryear.
Includes entries on the following films:
Night of the Demon, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Trollenberg Terror, Dracula, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Mummy, The City of the Dead, Peeping Tom, Village of the Damned, The Curse of the Werewolf, Night of the Eagle, The Kiss of the Vampire, The Haunting, The Masque of the Red Death, The Black Torment, Dr Terror’s House of Horrors, Rasputin – The Mad Monk, Dracula Prince of Darkness, The Plague of the Zombies, The Witches, Invasion, Frankenstein Created Woman, The Sorcerers, Night of the Big Heat, Quatermass and the Pit, The Blood Beast Terror, The Devil Rides Out, Matthew Hopkins Witchfinder General, Curse of the Crimson Altar, Twisted Nerve, The Haunted House of Horror, Dracula Has Risen From Grave, The Oblong Box, The Corpse, Fragment of Fear, Incense For The Damned, I Start Counting, Scream and Scream Again, Taste the Blood of Dracula, The Vampire Lovers, Virgin Witch, The Blood on Satan’s Claw, The Beast in the Cellar, The Horror of Frankenstein, The House That Dripped Blood, Lust for a Vampire, And Soon the Darkness, Assault, Hands of the Ripper, Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Twins of Evil, Doomwatch, Crucible of Terror, Vampire Circus, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, Demons of the Mind, Revenge, Tower of Evil, Dracula AD 1972, Frenzy, Dr Phibes Rises Again, The Creeping Flesh, Psychomania, Nothing But The Night, Tales That Witness Madness, Death Line, Theatre of Blood, ~ ~ And Now the Screaming Starts!, Asylum, The Wicker Man, The Legend of Hell House, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, Madhouse, From Beyond the Grave, The Beast Must Die, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, The Vault of Horror, Vampyres, House of Whipcord.
‘Anyone with an interest in horror or British films in general will be fascinated by the plethora of facts given for each movie.’ Ty Power, Sci-Fi Online
‘If you have just a fleeting interest in Hammer movies, or you’re a rabid fan, then I urge you to buy this book.’ Christopher Teague, Infinityplus
‘ Topping has done an excellent job putting this volume together and is a must for every library. Highly recommended.’ Kitleyscrypt
‘This book really made me think about what seems to be on the surface just a bit of fun, but which is bursting with social comment, psychological insight and its own special take on the history of this period.’ Rachel A Hyde, Myshelf.com