Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Book Review: Hammer Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Bruce G. Hallenbeck

Hammer Fantasy & Sci-Fi is one of the latest books from Hemlock Books, a new independent publisher specialising in genre-related film titles. Best-selling author Denis Meikle (A History of Horrors: The Rise and Fall of the House of Hammer, Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out, Vincent Price: The Art of Fear) set up Hemlock only a few short years ago and already has an impressive list of titles under the company’s belt including David Tappenden’s Fright Films, Mind Warp (an account of Roger Corman’s New World Pictures) by Christopher Koetting and Bruce G. Hallenbeck’s The Hammer Vampire. With more quality titles in the pipeline (include X Cert - a retrospective of 1960s and 1970s British Horror Cinema by Beasts in the Cellar author John Hamilton) Hemlock is rapidly becoming one of the best genre film publishers around.

You can read my review of Bruce Hallenbeck's book here.

1 comment:

Wes M said...

Excellent review Jon, I'm absolutely going to pick this up (and Hallenbeck’s Vampire book as well), many thanks ! There's plenty of great stuff on the Hemlock website, I could easily spend a fortune over there... Hammer's run of Sci-fi and Fantasy films are still an untapped source of study, the couple of Hammer books I have pass over them much too quickly. I'm glad I picked up the Optimum boxset because I may never have given the likes of She and The Viking Queen so much as a glance had they not been in the set. I was going to write something on The Damned recently, but that film is so full of ideas and themes it would take a few viewings to properly do it justice. Truly, Hammer's most mind-bending film...