Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"A History of Horrors: The Rise and Fall of the House of Hammer" by Denis Meikle

312 pages, Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.; Revised edition (December 16, 2008)

One of the very cool benefits of having a librarian wife is the ability to borrow pretty much any book from anywhere across the country - for free!

I just finished this terrorific history of Hammer Films, and definitely recommend it to any other Hammer Heads out there!

Here's the offical description:

This revised and updated edition of A History of Horrors traces the life and _spirit_ of Hammer, from its fledgling days in the late 1940s through its successes of the 1950s and '60s to its decline and eventual liquidation in the late 1970s. With the exclusive participation of all of the personnel who were key to Hammer's success, Denis Meikle paints a vivid and fascinating picture of the rise and fall of a film empire, offering new and revealing insights into _the truth behind the legend._ Much has been written about Hammer's films, but this is the only book to tell the story of the company itself from the perspective of those who ran it in its heyday and who helped to turn it into a universal byword for terror on the screen.

This one also gets the Johnny Thunder Seal of Approval!


  1. Thanks, I did not know this was out there. Just made husbands birthday shopping easy!


  2. Thanks from me too for the birthday gift idea for hubby. They'd stopped making them by the time he discovered them, but they were a big part of his intro to the horror genre. We still try to catch the films the odd time one of them is "exhumed" and shown on late night tv here!