Monday, July 02, 2012

'The Hamlyn book of Ghosts/Horror/Mysteries/Monsters

I have always loved these series of books from Hamlyn with their fantastic painted covers by Oliver Frey.The Horror and Ghost ones I especially like and I have had mine for many years now,later I came across the Monsters and Mysteries ones which I never knew about at all untill I saw them. The books are all hardback and large format and the first 2 came with dustcovers. These are just perfect books for the young horror/monster fan and nice companion peices to Denis Gifford's 'Pictorial history of Horror movies' and Alan Frank's 'Horror Movies' & 'Monsters and Vampires'. The Hamlyn books are nicely illustrated with paintings,drawings and photos on a variety of genre subjects in fact,fiction and film.

'The Hamlyn book of Ghosts in fact and fiction' (1978) by Daniel Farson.
Illustrated by Peter Archer,Mike Bell,Mike Codd,Mike Cole,Peter Kesterven,and Ivan Lapper.Special photographs by Terry Williams. The actual book is plain black with a Oliver Frey painted dustcover.

Contents:

Ghosts of history
Animal Ghosts
Secret Rooms
Haunted Houses
Apparitions & Foresight
Ghosts at Sea
Ghosts can be fun
Are there such things?
The Ghost Hunters
There are such things!

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The Hamlyn book of Horror' (1979) by Daniel Farson.
First published by Hamlyn as a Beavor paperback in (1977).

Contents:

Of Ghosts and Ghouls
Vampires
Werewolves
Horror stories
Horror on stage and screen
Almost Human
A geographical guide to horror
Real Horrors

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The Hamlyn book of Mysteries' (1983) by Bernard Brett.
Illustrated by Harry Bishop,Mike Codd,Brian Denington,Peter Dennis,Bill Donshoe,Oliver Frey,Ivan lapper,John Raynes,Dave Williams and Paul Wright.

Contents:

The Eilean Mor light
Unidentified flying objects
What happened to Buster Crabbe?
The Miracle Healer
The Gloucester Sea Serpent
Kidd's Treasure
The Abominable Snowman
The Derelict
Mysterious footprints
The search for gold
Anna or Anastasia?
Flight 19
Have we lived before?
The Loch Ness Monster
The Eighth Continent




The Hamlyn book of Monsters' (1984) by Daniel Farson.
Illustrated by Victor Ambrus,Oliver Frey,Douglas Hall,John James,Ivan Lapper,David Lewis artists [Robert Adams & Mike Codd],Tony Masero.

Contents:

What went wrong with the world?
Dragons and other Mythical Beasts
Monsters down below
Strange stories of Monstrous Creatures
Hairy Monsters and Hairy Men
People on show
Gentle Gorillas
Kong and Monsters of the Movies
Monsters for our time
Monsters and the future

6 comments:

Jerry Smith said...

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Dave the Chimp said...

I have the Mysteries book. I think I would have preferred to have the Ghosts or Monsters ones when I was a kid. I wasn't so into this book. But I think now that is because it scared the crap out of me! I still have it and can't pick it up without feeling uneasy... I guess I told myself it wasn't worth looking at because I was SCARED OF IT!

Stievaulx said...

I couldn't agree more with everything you've said about these books, especially having them as companion volumes to Frank and Gifford. Never knew about the Ghosts book - I might have to seek that one out!

I must have been one of the only kids at my primary school to know of peeople such as Montague Summers, Ambrose Bierce, William Seabrook, etc. and it was all thanks to these goodly tomes.

I was always fascinated by that black and white photo on the rear endpapers of the "Horror" book which was captioned "The children have never fallen for my nonsense" by Boris Karloff.

I'm glad I kept these.

Jon Poole said...

Used to have the 'Ghosts' and 'Horror' Books, horror was great but Ghosts was mostly Borley rectory, good illustrations in both!

TheLibrarySound said...

Hey Paul,

Have begun looking for these books and was hoping you could help out with a couple questions, please.

First, it seems that GHOSTS and MYSTERIES have been listed as having paperback versions on Amazon and elsewhere, with everybody pulling their details from ISBNsearch. I think that's in error, and there actually were no softcover versions published of these titles at all, but I'm not 100% certain of that yet.

Second, was curious whether the boards matched the dustjackets on GHOSTS and HORROR? In other words, does it matter if the DJ is present or not for those two titles (as far as missing out on the cover illustrations)?

Will appreciate any light you can shed on these, thanks for tipping me to them!

Scott

Unknown said...

I loved these books I had all of them. I wish I could find them or buy new ones