The Best of The Scream Factory
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The Best of The Scream Factory

  • Editor: Peter Enfantino, Robert Morrish & John Scoleri
  • Artist: Vincent Chong
  • Page Count: 608
  • Pub. Date: October 2018
  • ISBN: 978-1-58767-449-5
  • Status: Forthcoming: At the Printer Now!
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The Best of The Scream Factory
edited by Peter Enfantino, Robert Morrish & John Scoleri

About the Book:
From 1988 to 1997, The Scream Factory: The Magazine of Horrors Past, Present and Future provided an exhaustive and often irreverent overview of all aspects of horror—from fiction to film and beyond. It became a go-to reference for horror aficionados around the globe. Twenty years after the magazine ceased publication, editors Peter Enfantino, Robert Morrish, and John Scoleri have sifted through the contents of the magazine's 20-issue run to assemble this epic collection.

The Best of The Scream Factory reprints more than 70 articles from the magazine's golden age, covering such diverse topics as: the best horror novels of the '80s; a viewer's guide to Godzilla movies; horror in the pulps; the worst in horror; dark suspense fiction; the influence of The Night of the Living Dead on fiction and film; horror on old-time radio; sci-fi/horror hybrids; western horror; werewolf fiction; British horror fiction and films; Canadian horrors; and horror in the comics.

In addition to the nearly 600-page selection of "greatest hits," the editors have penned a brand new 25,000 word introduction, diving deep into the sordid history of the magazine as well as the books published (and even a few unpublished!) under the Deadline Press imprint.

Published as a Signed Hardcover Limited Edition:
• Limited to just 450 signed and numbered copies
• Personally signed by the editors on a unique signature page
• Printed on 60# acid-free paper
• Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
• Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
• Retail price just $75

Published as a Signed & Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition:
• Limited to just 52 signed and lettered copies housed in a custom-made traycase
• Personally signed by the editors on a unique signature page
• Printed on 60# acid-free paper
• Bound in leather with colored head and tail bands
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
• Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
• Retail price just $350

Table of Contents:
Introduction

Issue #6
"People Who Love Life" by Douglas Clegg

Issue #7
How We Saw It: The Scream Factory Editors Pick Their Top Ten
The Top Ten Horror Titles of the 1980s, based on a poll of 100 Writers & Editors

Issue #8
Things That Go Boom! in the Night: A Look at Giant Monster Novels
by William Schoell
Natural Horrors and Killer Critters by Randall Larson
Godzilla Viewing Guide by John Scoleri

Issue #9
The Esoteric Order of Dagon by Ben Indick
The Horror Pulpit column by Stefan Dziemianowicz

Issue #10
The Worst Horror Novels in the World by Don D'Ammassa
Curse of the Fanthorpes by Mike Ashley
A Comprehensive Look at The Frankenstein Horror Series by Peter Enfantino
How Bad are Lovecraft's Revisions? by S.T. Joshi
A Partial Guide for Horror Movie Fans Who Have Way Too Much Free Time
by Gary Braunbeck
The Horror Pulpit column by Stefan Dziemianowicz

Issue #11
Gold Medal Days by Ed Gorman
Jim Thompson: The Killer Inside Him by Max Allan Collins
The Horror Pulpit column by Stefan Dziemianowicz
Precursors of Psycho: The Early Crime Novels of Robert Bloch by Randall Larson
Serial Killers: The Fathers and Sons of Hannibal Lecter by Dale Walker
Deja's Domicile of Dread column by Thomas Deja
A Mythos Theogeny by Robert M. Price

Night of the Living Dead Special
Night Eternal by Douglas E. Winter
Nights, Dawns, and a Day That Might Have Been by John Scoleri
Zombies and Other Obsolete Creatures: An Overview of Zombie Novels
by Don D'Ammassa
Working Class Stiffs: A Survey of Zombie Short Fiction by Robert Morrish
Simon Garth, Jericho Drumm, and The Shambling Deaders:
Do Comics Really Give a Fair Portrayal of Rotting Folk? by Peter Enfantino

Issue #12
The Overlook Library column by Don D'Ammassa
Still Cutting It? A Review of the First Two-and-a-Half Years of the Dell Abyss Line
by John Brower
Things That Go Bump on the Air: Part 1 of a 6-Part Series on the Radio Horror Genre
by Shawn Danowski
The Sound of Horror, Part 1: A Capsule Survey of Music in the Horror Film
by Randall Larson
The Art of Darkness column by Rodger Gerberding

Issue #13
Fantasy, Horror...and Sex: The Early Stories of C.L. Moore by Everett Bleiler
Horror in Science Fiction Novels Through 1960 by Brian Stableford
They's Comin'! They's Comin'! The Aliens is Comin'! by Ed Gorman
The Dark Side of Light: A Survey of Horror in SF Anthologies From Poe to King
by Mike Ashley
Inside, Outside: Horror in SF Novels 1960 to the Present by Rob Latham
What the Hell Ever Happened To...? column by Robert Morrish

Issue #14
Half-Breeds: Western/Horror Hybrids by Bill Crider
Mummy Motifs: An Overview of Contemporary Mummy Novels by W.D. Gagliani
Eau de Nile: Oh Denial! Deconstructing, or at Least Unraveling, Mummy Short Fiction
by Ken Houghton
The Mummy Walks: A Film History of Kharis and his Kind by Lawrence McCallum
Once is Not Enough: A Look at Series in Horror Fiction column by Derek Hill
Deja's Domicile of Dread column by Thomas Deja

Issue #15
Shepherds of Shadow column by Mike Ashley
Lyncanthropic Literature: An Overview of the Best Modern Werewolf Novels
by John Brower
The Rest of the Pack: A Mini-Guide to Lesser-Known Werewolf Novels
by Don D'Ammassa
Four-Colored and Furry: A Brief, Selective Look at Werewolves in Comics
by Peter Enfantino
Derleth's Lament to Love by Sam Moskowitz

Issue #16
The Hunt for Australian Horror Fiction
by Bill Congreve, Sean McMullen & Steve Paulsen
Killer Koalas: An Overview of Austrlian and New Zealand Horror Films
by Robert Hood
Yeti Yarns, Sasquatch Stories by W.D. Gagliani
Abominable Creatures: The Sasquate and the Yeti Go to the Movies
by Lawrence McCallum
Return to Sauk City by Sam Moskowitz

Issue #17
Hidden Horrors column by William Schoell
Dark Awakenings: A Brief Survey of British Horror Fiction up to 1940
by Richard Dalby
In Transition: British Horror Fiction 1940-1959 by Mark Valentine
It's Alive: The Re-Birth of Horror Fiction in Britain, 1960-1979 by Mike Ashley
BritShock: British Horror Fiction, 1980-1995
by Chris Morgan, Pauline Morgan & Joel Lane
On the Fringe for Thirty Years: An Overview of British Small Press Horror
by David Sutton
Chamber of Horrors: British Horror Films, Before and After Hammer
by Kim Newman
"A Nervous Disposition": A Short History of Horror on British Television
by Mike Wathen

Issue #18
The Horror Pulpit column by Stefan Dziemianowicz
Blood on the Snow: A Survey of Canadian Horror Fiction
by Don Hutchison & Peter Halasz
Anne of Green Gables Has Risen From the Grave: An Overview of Canadian Horror Film
by Michael Rowe & Robert Thomson
Once is Not Enough: A Look at Series in Horror Fiction column by John Brower

Issue #19
Graham Ingels: The Artist Who Refused His Destiny by Don Vaughan
The Best of Warren by Peter Enfantino
Through the Comics Darkly: An Overview of DC Comics' Mystery Lines of the 1970s
by James G. Kingman
On the Trail of the Supernatural with Dr. Spektor by John Scoleri
The Alien Wore Boxer Shorts: Marvel's '70s Horror Anthologies by Don Vaughan
Here Came the Monsters: The '70s Marvel Monster Mags by Lou Mougin
Deja's Domicile of Dread column by Thomas Deja
Night Stalking with the Dark Knight: Batman and Horror by Sean Farrell

Letters to the Factory

Appendix: Covers of Scream Factory Issues #1-5

Peter Enfantino helped create The Scream Factory in 1988 and co-edited the 'zine with a boatload of people for nearly ten years. After the Factory folded, he and John Scoleri created bare bones, which survives as a website to this day. Enfantino is an obsessive collector of mystery, crime, and horror digests, pre-code horror comics, and 1970s music. He has written for many major channels on the topics, including Paperback Parade, Mystery Scene, Mystery File, From the Tomb, The Digest Enthusiast, and Men of Violence, and his words can be viewed once a week on the bare bones website.. He lives in Gilbert, AZ.

In addition to co-helming TSF, Robert Morrish is the former editor of Cemetery Dance magazine (issues #35 through 60) and has edited or co-edited several anthologies, including two volumes of October Dreams. Robert is the former lead horror reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and has had reviews and non-fiction work appear in a wide variety of markets, including The San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Daily News, Weird Tales, Rue Morgue, and Cinefantastique. His short fiction has appeared in more than two dozen anthologies, including The UFO Files, Dead Harvest, In Laymon’s Terms, and the first seven volumes of the Shivers series. He lives in California with his wife, Katie Mae. 

John Scoleri became involved in during the creation of the second issue, and remained a co-editor throughout the magazine's run. He is the author of several books on artist Ralph McQuarrie and the producer of the DVD, Caroline Munro: First Lady of Fantasy. He contributed to Tobe Hooper’s Salem’s Lot: Studies in the Horror Film from Centipede Press, and several volumes on Richard Matheson, including Bloodlines, from Gauntlet Press. He lives in California with his wife, Vonna, and their skeleton, Emergo.

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