Not everyone pines after the finer things in life - some people prefer to chase the freakier side of life. For any friends who favors thrills and chills, a solid horror-themed coffee table book makes a great gift. Some horror fans are happy with a creepy home decor gift, but for those who fancy themselves 21st-century Edgar Allan Poes or John Carpenter scholars, coffee table books about horror are the way to go.
Plenty of coffee table books delve into the many different sides of the horror genre, from Creepshow-esque comic strips to a definitive history of '70s made-for-TV horror films. Even your most scare-obsessed friend will learn something new from one of the horror compendiums below, which touch upon thrills from the past all the way up to modern urban legends. On your own coffee table these volumes may look out of place, but for your friend who loves Wes Craven and Stephen King, they'll fit right in.
Put together by horror expert Stephen Jones, The Art of Horror Movies covers the genre from its humble, silent beginnings all the way up to modern slashers.
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At Home with Monsters delves into the creations of horror and fantasy mastermind Guillermo del Toro, featuring his creative journals, his own collection of oddities, and, of course, his famous monsters.
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The Teenage Slasher Movie Book covers exactly what you expect - slasher films - but does so on a global scale.
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Rediscover the thrills and chills of John Carpenter by going behind the scenes in On Set with John Carpenter where you can see his masterpieces as he built them.