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Discussion in 'General' started by Ash28M, Oct 28, 2003.
Hopefully there is a forthcoming VHS covers for USA/Canada someday.
I would buy that.
There was a book years ago called "Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box" that attempted it, but it wasn't all that great. Hopefully, if this is successful, we'll see a volume two with US VHS art.
Canadian Fench VHS covers destroy all cover art they are the best hands down. Easily the most creative most violent artwork I have ever seen made my eyes bleed. Unfortunately those video tapes are impossible to track down very rare collectors items.
YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR ON FILM
A new anthology book examining the history of Christmas Horror on Film and Television
For many, Christmas is an annual celebration of goodwill and joy, but for others, it’s a time to curl up on the couch in the dead of winter for a good old fashioned fright. The festive holiday season has always included a more somber side, and scary tales of child-stealing demons to ghost stories told ‘round the fireplace go back to pre-Christian celebrations. These long-standing traditions have found modern expression in Christmas horror film and television shows, a unique and sometimes controversial subgenre that cheerfully drives a stake of holly through the heart of cherished Christmas customs.
Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television, the latest book by Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical, offers a definitive, in-depth exploration of the history of these subversive film and television presentations that allow viewers to engage in different ways with the complicated cultural history of the Christmas season.
Yuletide Terror collects over 20 essays and interviews that will deck your halls with insightful looks at all your festive fright favourites, including the BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmasanthology series and contentious 1980s Santa slashers like Silent Night, Deadly Night. Unwrapping the true meaning of films featuring everyone from the Krampus and Scrooge to killer snowmen and evil elves, Yuletide Terror is a comprehensive look at TV and cinematic holiday horror from around the world, and includes a compendium including nearly 200 Christmas horror film reviews. This new anthology, set to be released for Christmas 2017, is the latest addition to Spectacular Optical’s line of cult film and pop culture books includingKid Power!, Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s and Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema Of Jean Rollin.
Yuletide Terror features new writing by both emerging and acclaimed authors includingStephen Thrower (Nightmare USA), Kim Newman (Nightmare Movies), Caelum Vatnsdal(They Came From Within: A History Of Canadian Horror Cinema), Michael Gingold (Rue Morgue), Shelagh Rowan-Legg (The Spanish Fantastic), Alexandra West (Films Of The New French Extremity), Michael Helms (Fatal Visions), Andrea Subissati (Rue Morgue), Zack Carlson (Destroy All Movies!!!), Joanna Wilson (The Christmas TV Companion), Diane A. Rodgers (Cinema Retro), Andrew Nette (Pulp Curry), Amanda Reyes (Made For TV Mayhem), David Bertrand (Satanic Panic), Eric Zaldivar (Co-Writer, Django Lives!), Leslie Hatton (Popshifter), Owen Williams (Empire), Ralph Elawani (Bleu Nuit: Histoire D’un Cinéphilie Nocturne), Derek Johnston (Haunted Seasons: Television Ghost Stories For Christmas And Horror For Halloween), Neil Mitchell (Devil’s Advocates: Carrie), Chris Hallock (Diabolique), Ariel Fisher (Rue Morgue), Lee Gambin (Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making Of Cujo), Zach Clark (Writer/Director, White Reindeer) alongside co-editors Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women) and Paul Corupe (Canuxploitation).
The book also features Motion Picture Purgatory comic reviews of Christmas horror films by underground cartoonist Rick Trembles, and original illustrations by British artist Alisdair Wood. See Alisdair's cover art here:
Terror and Transformation: The Enduring Legacy of A Christmas Carol
By Leslie Hatton
Ringing The Changes: Bob Clark's Black Christmas
By Stephen Thrower
Christmas Shocking: The Silent Night, Deadly Night Controversy
By Michael Gingold
“Protecting (Not Punishing) Billy”: Gilmer McCormick on Silent Night, Deadly Night
By Lee Gambin
An interview with Christmas Evil director Lewis Jackson
By Amanda Reyes
“They’re Not Working For Santa Anymore”: An interview with Elves director Jeff Mandel
By Zach Clark
Christmas Campout: a Q&A with Campfire Tales co-director Paul Talbot
By Eric Zaldivar
It’s The Most Cynical Time of the Year: Christmastime in Horror Anthology Television
By Amanda Reyes
An interview with Fred Dekker on Tales From the Crypt's "And All Through the House"
By Kier-La Janisse
Why the Ghost Story at Christmas?
By Derek Johnston
Warnings to the Curious: The BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas
By Kier-La Janisse
Robin Redbreast and BBC's Play for Today: 1970s Folk Horror for Christmas
By Diane A. Rogers
A Hammer Film for Christmas: Cash on Demand
By Kim Newman
“Hello, Dave!”: The Joyful Misanthropy of The League Of Gentlemen Christmas Special
By Owen Williams
Our Best Tree Ever: When Experimentalists Tackle Yuletide Terror
By Caelum Vatnsdal
Santa Brought a Syringe: Robert Morin’s Petit Pow! Pow! Noël
By Ralph Elawani
All I Want for Christmas is You: Franck Khalfoun’s P2
By Alexandra West
Won't Someone Think of The Children?
By Andrea Subissati
Santa Vs. Satan: How Santa Conquered Hell and Mars to Create Holiday Horror
By Zack Carlson
Stolen Voices and Kooky Carols: Yvonne Mackay’s The Monster's Christmas
By Kier-La Janisse
An Interview with Alain Lalanne, the child hero of René Manzor's 3615: Code Pere Noël
By Federico Caddeo (translated by Lee Paula Springer)
Surviving the Yuletide Season: Alcohol, Physical Affliction and Murder Down Under inThe Evil Touch
By Andrew Nette
Apocalypse Sinterklaas: Santa Claus’ Horror Roots in European Folklore
By David Bertrand
Horns for the Holidays: The Krampus Conquers North American Horror Films
(featuring nearly 200 Christmas Horror Film and Television reviews!)
PLUS! As part of this campaign, we will be releasing a new Christmas horror short film made to accompany the book, written and directed by Sean Hogan (THE DEVIL’S BUSINESS) and produced by Deviant Films, the team who brought you FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD. The short film—a windswept ghost story set on England’s southeastern coast calledWE ALWAYS FIND OURSELVES IN THE SEA—will accompany book launch events throughout November/December in advance of its online premiere on Christmas Eve, as a nod to the British broadcasting tradition of Christmas ghost stories.
A lonely recluse prepares to celebrate Christmas alone, when a figure from his past unexpectedly reappears. But are the old ghosts stirred up by her arrival just bad memories or something more?
“Being able to make a small contribution to the Christmas ghost story tradition has me feeling like, well, a kid at Christmas,” says Hogan. “That particular juxtaposition of Yuletide cheer with the eerie and unsettling has always been a particular delight for me, and the various seasonal UK TV ghost stories that were produced over the years are still something I regularly return to for enjoyment and inspiration. Their simplicity of means and economy of style (however dictated by TV budgets) are still beautifully effective, and a lesson to all genre filmmakers that yes, less is often more. I can never hope to match them, but I'm very much looking forward to paying tribute to a form that has continually brought me so much pleasure/fear!”
See the trailers for THE DEVIL'S BUSINESS and FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD below!
Perks are unique added incentives to support the book now; they are free gifts you get with contributions of anything over the basic cost of the book - and some of them are pretty spectacular!
The funds raised here will go specifically toward the printing and manufacturing of the books, as well as a small budget for the production of the short film and other special perks. These pre-sales also ensure that we can pay artist fees – not only designer fees, but all contributors to the book receive royalties on every copy sold. Part of our goal with Spectacular Optical is to create a small but sustainable business that is able to pay artist fees to the many awesome (and often underpaid) writers and graphic artists working in our field, and to give them books they are proud of. Any writers who contributed to our last books, KID POWER!, SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s and LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN can vouch for us on this count.
In addition, as part of our crowdfunding campaigns, we often team up with like-minded organizations to offer their products in bundles with our own, acknowledging that collaboration between independent artists and companies keeps our small economy moving and allows us all to find an audience for our unique work.
If we don't reach our goal, the book will still be printed and perks will still be delivered - the book is completely written and copy-edited, contracts have been signed, photographs have been sourced and the book is being laid out. We’re well on our way! But pre-sales through Indiegogo ensure the necessary cash flow to keep everything in the allotted timeline so that we can take advantage of promotional and sales opportunities through the holiday season. Our goal is to have the book ready and being mailed out to customers by the end of November 2017, where it will serve as the perfect Christmas gift, but we need sufficient pre-sales to meet that timeline - so if you want to give someone a copy of YULETIDE TERROR for Christmas, help us spread the word to reach our goal!
YULETIDE TERROR will be a beautiful 6X9", perfect-bound book, roughly 400 pages and heavily illustrated throughout with stills, posters, ads and other visual ephemera. It is a unique book in that it combines academic research with a pop-culture approach, offering a high standard of analytical insight while remaining accessible and comprehensive.
In just a few short years, Spectacular Optical has garnered a reputation for making quality books that showcase underappreciated or under-examined aspects of pop culture - and we hope to make many more. This is the fourth book being published under my own imprint, and I have managed many projects at this scale - from running film festivals to operating my own microcinema. And aside from whatever skills, experience and connections we bring to the table (you can read our full bios below), we’ve also been mentored all along the way by the British cult film publisher FAB Press - so we have some good people on our side making sure we don’t fall.
Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and the founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, and has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) andHouse of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012), and has contributed to the books Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale(PS Press, 2017) as well as co-editing and/or publishing Spectacular Optical books KID POWER! (2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015) and Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017). In addition to her work onthe forthcomingYuletide Terror, she is currently writing A Song from the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children's Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985, as well as a monograph about Monte Hellman's Cockfighter.
The creator of Canuxploitation.com, Toronto-based writer and editor Paul Corupe has been exploring and documenting the secret history of Canadian genre movies for more than 15 years. A regular contributor to Rue Morgue magazine, he is has also written about film for The Toronto Star, Take One Film and Television in Canada and Cinema Sewer, among others.
About Spectacular Optical:
Named after the sinister institution in David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, Spectacular Optical is a small-press publisher of collectible film and pop culture books with an emphasis on supporting Canadian genre film writers and designers. Spectacular Optical is owned and operated by film writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse.
In addition to our print books, throughout the year Spectacular Optical produces film events and brings you articles, essays and interviews with established and emerging genre filmmakers, artists, curators and exhibitors on our website. Through our film production arm, we support the creation of genre-related short, feature-length and episodic media.
Other Ways You Can Help
Just because you can’t contribute financially doesn’t mean you can’t help! It would be a great help just to post a link to our campaign on Facebook, Twitter and/or other social media using the Indiegogo share tools - and encourage others to share the link too!
Bumping this. I paid money in, hoping others will.
Has anyone read any of Kier-La Janisse's other books? The one about cult kid actors sounds good and I'm very interested in the one on the 80s Satanic Panic.
I have all of the Spectacular Optical books released at this time, but have only read Kid Power so far - which is good. It's not really about cult movie kid actors, but essays about different kids movies/TV shows that hold some cult status/nostalgia (ie. Jacob Two-Two, The Peanut Butter Solution, Kes, ABC Afterschool Specials). It's a smaller book, so a shorter read, but there's still lots of informative stuff packed in. The Satanic Panic book is actually OOP, so only available on PDF or used from third-party sellers at this time.