A gripping collection which offers for the first time a chronological overview of the popular contemporary sub-genre of body horror, from Edgar Allan Poe to Christopher Fowler, with contributions from leading horror writers, including Stephen King, George Langelaan and Neil Gaiman. The collection includes the stories behind seminal body horror movies, John Carpenter's The Thing, David Cronenberg's The Fly and Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator.
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Marie O'Regan is a British Fantasy Award-nominated horror and dark fantasy writer. She has served as the chair of the British Fantasy Society, and has at times edited both their publications Dark Horizons and Prism. Marie lives in Derbyshire, England. Paul Kane is the author of numerous horror and dark fantasy stories and books, including The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy. He served for five years as Special Publications Editor of the British Fantasy Society, working on various projects with authors such as Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Brian Aldiss, Robert Silverberg, Muriel Gray, and John Connolly. Paul lives in Derbyshire, England.Review:
"The stories offer icky pleasure for those fascinated with a subgenre concerned with the body turning against itself. Some are funny and disgusting (Richard Matheson's nuclear fallout nightmare "'Tis The Season To Be Jelly!", Barbie Wilde's bowel-with-a-brain-of-its-own yuk-fest "Polyp")..." -SFX Magazine
"It's surprising that a history of body horror in literature hasn't been done before now--so thanks to Marie O' Regan and Paul Kane for this treasure trove of stories--ranging from some classics in the genre, 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'Survivor Type' and 'The Body Politic' to some stories that will almost certainly become classics of their time--the absurdist, very entertaining shocker 'Polyp' to the brilliantly executed 'Sticky Eye'--one of my favourite new stories in this anthology." -Johnny Mains
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