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Pete Von Sholly’s History of Monsters is a glorious look at the phenomenon of monsters as they figure in pop culture as well as from the anthropological, psychological and societal angles. This unprecedented illustrated pageant shows the actual history of monsters from man’s earliest fears of the darkness beyond the fire to today’s nightmares to see how these terrors found expression in myth, legend, and entertainment.

  • 8-1/2" x 12-1/2"
  • Full color throughout
  • Glossy card-stock covers
  • 50 pages on high-quality, 80 pound, semi-gloss paper
  • Each book placed in plastic sleeve for protection

In 21 full colour plates—each with its own key—the Von Sholly rascal introduces us to (or reminds us of) more than 1,100 monsters and creatures from myth and movies, comics and TV, and all the books ‘n’ stories you could possibly think of—and I am NOT kidding you on this: just take a look at the two spreads below. I spotted things in here that I hadn’t thought of in years . . . such as 1957’s KRONOS, with the big metal monster that blew my mind when my mum and dad took me to see it one afternoon at the much missed Gaumont cinema in Leeds; or the giant spider in (yep, you guessed it) EARTH VS THE GIANT SPIDER which was one half of a two-header at the old Hillcrest cinema, again in Leeds, with the other movie being, of course, THE BRAIN STEALERS (mum and dad, I don’t think I thanked you enough for all that culture you exposed me to in those formative years of strangeness we now refer to as “the 50’s”)—so I’m doing it now; THANKS, and all my love!).