Here we have 2 wonderful horror film books by Alan Frank, the first one 'HORROR MOVIES - Tales of terror in the cinema' (1974), the second 'MONSTERS AND VAMPIRES - Spinechilling creatures of the cinema' (1976), and both published by Octopus books. Both books come with book jackets, 'Horror Movies' front cover has a scene from 'Dr.Terror's House of Horror' and the back is Christopher Lee from 'The Satanic rites of Dracula'. The 'Monsters and Vampires' front cover shows Christopher Lee as dracula and the back is from 'Frankenstein and the monster from hell'. The book themselves both have a black and white image from a film on the front and repeated on the back [see above]. Both books were later reprinted in softcover and had different cover photos.
These 2 horror film books are wonderfully written and informative as well as both illustrated with fantastic stills in colour and black and white. They are certainly up there with Denis Gifford's 'Pictorial history of horror films' has books that are a joy to read and browse through.
The 'Horror Movies' book chapters are as follows:
Back from the dead
Metamorphoses and Masquerades
Meet the Ladies!
Madmen, Demented Doctors and Psychopath Scientists
All creatures great and small
Then there is Acknowlegments, Index of film titles, and General index.
The 'Monsters and Vampires' chapters are as follows:
The First Vampires
Dracula is born: Bela Lugosi
The Prince of Darkness: Christopher Lee
A Variety of Vampires
How to make a Monster
The Beauty and the Beast
Terror from another world
And index. The chapter titles speak for themselves.