Fancy a frightening read for Halloween? Look no further than Britain finest scary movie publisher and purveyor of terror infused writings, Hemlock Books. An independent publisher, Hemlock’s growing library of titles has fast become the last word on horrifying cinema, digging eagerly into all the greats from every era. Packed with wit and brimming with fascinating facts and rare film stills, here's a quick look at Hemlock's best releases.
Retro Screams: Terror in the New Millennium
Is modern better, or should classic horror be left well alone? Hollywood thinks it has the answer and is still churning out reimaginings with frightening regularity. Christopher Koetting turns detective as he tries to answer the question on every horror fan's lips. Does the scary remake improve upon its originator?
A comprehensive look at the 1950s and 1960s when the "X-Certificate” movie led to the emergence of the British horror film and its eventual rise to the world’s leading light for scary cinema. Writer John Hamilton is our guide for an absorbing walk through two decades of classic horror.
British Cult Cinema: Hammer Fantasy and Sci-fi
Hammer may be synonymous with horror but they offered so much more than that. The studio's output also included some classic helpings of twisted fantasy and scary sci-fi. Bruce G Hallenbeck delves deep into Hammer’s best, offering a enthralling look at the likes of The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), One Million Years B.C (1966) and Moon Zero Two (1969).
British Cult Cinema: The Hammer Vampire
Bruce G Hallenbeck is at it again, this time turning his attention to Hammer’s most favourite son (and daughter) the vampire. Back in vogue thanks to the likes of Twilight and True Blood, this wonderfully written account turns back the clock to arguable the fang toothed fiends finest era, Hammers golden years of 1958 to 1974.
Mind Warp: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman’s New World Pictures
Roger Corman is a legend of scary cinema, an innovator, an originator and a filmmaker of tremendous imagination. Christopher Koetting looks closely at Corman’s staggering career, its highlights, lowlights and influences in a journey no scary movie fan should miss.
John Hamilton rips the lid off of Hitchcock’s secret world, his inner inspirations that led to some of the finest thriller cinema of all time, focusing on his relationship with the legendary Grace Kelly and their three celebrated films together.
Urban Terrors: New British Horror Cinema
Coming soon, MJ Simpson takes a look at the new wave of British horror, a return to the dizzy heights of the Hammer horror days when home-grown scare mongering was admired across the globe.
And finally, a fright packed tome from yours truly, the definitive guide to the scariest movies of all time. Offering a rundown of the eighty best films for chilling the blood and shuddering the spine, Fright Films is a book to read with the lights down low and a cushion to cower behind.
But the scares don’t stop there. Hemlock offer a host of other fright filled delights, from classic horror magazines (back issues and current releases) such as Famous Monsters of Movieland, Little Shoppe of Horrors and Rue Morgue, rare posters and film stills, hard-to-find horror DVDs and CDs, fantastic horror film collectibles, and scary reads from other notable publishers including Midnight Marquee and Scarecrow/McFarland. The Hemlock website itself serves up further fun still, including Blog entries from some of the finest horror film writers and horror film news from around the world. It really is a one stop shop for scary cinema of all varieties; be sure to pay a visit...if you dare! www.hemlockbooks.co.uk