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The Overlooked Book of the Year is Still Available! Here’s How to Get Yours!
On Friday, I wrote about the “one book I must bring to everyone’s attention before the year ends is David Horne‘s absolutely terrific, and sadly unsung, labor of love, Gathering Horror: A Completist Collector’s Catalogue and Index for Warren Publishing (2010, Phrona Press). It’s almost criminal that Horne‘s mind-boggling and stunningly comprehensive analysis and index of the complete Warren legacy as a publisher has been so completely neglected and overlooked—especially given the revivals we’ve seen in 2010 of venerable Warren titles like Famous Monsters of Filmland, Creepy, and their ilk.”
Immediately after posting that, I tracked down David himself, and I’m overjoyed to report that Gathering Horror is still available!
The print run is extremely limited—David printed 300 copies, which is “another testimonial to how self-publishing is still resulting in some of the best books of our lifetime on subjects major publishers just don’t care to even entertain.”
Given my own lifelong interest in Warren magazines, I’d have to rate Gathering Horror right up there with Tim and Donna Lucas‘s labor of love Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark (best book of 2008) and the current three-volume set of hardcovers by Mike Hankin dedicated to the life and work of the great Ray Harryhausen: Master of the Magicks being self-published by Ernest Farino (a vet special effects creator in his own right, but one-time editor/publisher of the best fanzine ever on Harryhausen, FXRH, which I subscribed to when I was in high school; Volume 2 was published first, over a year ago, and Volume 3, The British Films, is shipping this week).
Without a doubt, what David has published is the most extensive, exhaustive, well-informed, in-depth analysis, overview, and index of the complete Warren publishing empire (and its precursors and aftermath) anywhere, period. The indexes include an invaluable procession of writer, artist, and even editor indexes, and the coverage of all aspects of the Warren dynasty—including current collector issues, pricing, availability, etc.—is absolutely stellar.
This is an essential text, outstripping invaluable but comparative shallow predecessors like The Warren Companion and Famous Monsters Chronicles, and I strongly recommend this book to any and all of you with any abiding interest in any of the Warren magazines—Famous Monsters of Filmland, Help!, Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella, After Dark, Monster World, The Flintstones at the World’s Fair (!), etc.—and all that came before and all that came after.
Don’t take my word for it: in an unsolicited comment to this Friday’s initial post, comics scholar/historian/archivist Richard Arndt writes, “I’ve got this book and Steve is absolutely correct. This is the best book on Warren available. I’m a little consumed with envy about it. I’ve got an online Warren checklist (at http://www.enjolrasworld.com then look for Richard’s pages) that for some years was the definitive word on Warren credits. GCBD used my Warren & Skywald credits for their database. Dave Horne’s book expands upon and covers a great deal more that I ever thought possible. It’s beautifully done and extremely well organized. …If you’re a Warren fan, this is THE reference book you’ve been waiting for.”
I’ll be setting up a Myrant page dedicated to Gathering Horror this week (there’s nothing in it for me, and I’m not brokering or handling copies, but it’s that good a book, especially for horror comics and monster movie lovers).
For the time being, here’s how to get your copy, and don’t wait too long (or beg for this to be your preferred Christmas gift this year, and steer your loved ones to this info):
David Horne is selling copies directly; it’s priced at $35.00 US plus $4.00 US shipping (Media Mail), which is an incredible bargain for a 700-page book. Email Dave for shipping options if you’re ordering from outside the US. In any case, David‘s PayPal account is the same as his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org—send your payment and shipping info today!
David adds: “I would be happy to sign the book if the purchaser requests it, but otherwise will not sign, as many collectors prefer unmarked copies (they’ll all be numbered, though).”
After the print run sells out, this book will be dear indeed and selling for a lot more than $35.00, folks. Bump this to the top of your want or to-do lists, and I’ll be posting a proper review this week. Highest recommendation!!!
Afternoon addendum: David has two listings up on ebay NOW! Order your copies direct from the author, and be sure to let David know if you want them personalized or not (these make ideal Christmas gifts for horror fans)!