Do you have a case of the post-Halloween blues? Then let us brighten — or maybe agreeably darken — your day with the exclusive news that 1984 Publishing is paying tribute to acclaimed illustrator Gary Pullin with a 208-page, full-color career retrospective called Ghoulish, due May 8 of next year. The book includes Pullin’s alternative movie posters for an array of beloved films, including Halloween, Friday the 13th, Scream, Creepshow, The Big Lebowski, Re-Animator, and Monster Squad. Ghoulish will also spotlight Pullin’s magazine covers, special edition Blu-ray packaging, album covers, enamel pins and monster-based illustrations.
“This book covers it all — from my early years as a budding artist and horror film fan and my thirteen-year stint at Rue Morgue magazine as their original art director to the present day, which finds me owning and operating my own company, Ghoulish Gary,” Pullin says in a statement. “I hope you enjoy reading my story and taking in the artwork as much as I enjoyed creating it. Perhaps it will inspire you to carve out your own path.”
Ghoulish is written by April Snellings (Rue Morgue, Tales From Beyond the Pale), while Rue Morgue co-owner David Alexander will serve as editor. The book also includes forewords by Rob Jones, the co-founder of Mondo and a visual artist known for his work with the White Stripes, and director and actor Larry Fessenden (Habit, The Last Winter).
The regular version of Ghoulish retails for $29.95. Two deluxe, limited-edition versions of the book, each of which retail for $39.95, will also be available. The first consists of a signed copy of Ghoulish packaged with a 12-inch exclusive single by the legendary progressive rock band Goblin. The record, which is housed in a jacket featuring exclusive Pullin artwork, contains newly remastered live versions of their classic themes to Suspiria and Dawn of the Dead. Only 500 copies of the single will be pressed, split between two variants: 300 “stained glass” transparent blue and 200 “stained glass” transparent red. Fans can pre-order this version online at 1984 Publishing’s site on Wednesday, Nov. 8 starting at 1 p.m. ET. The second limited edition set is an Amazon-exclusive version (limited to 100 copies) featuring a signed 3-D print by Pullin and special branded 3-D glasses. This version can be pre-ordered Nov. 4.
“I’ll never forget the first time I watched Dawn of the Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Thing, or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” Pullin says. “I was utterly terrified, but compelled to keep watching as I peered from behind a pillow. Or the last time I put down a Stephen King book and then immediately checked to see if anything was rising out of the bathtub — or the first time I heard Vincent Price as ‘The Curator’ on Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare. It’s these sights and sounds that slowly, over the course of four decades, created a monster in me — and gave me an unstoppable desire to emulate them with pens and brushes and to breathe new life into old favorites, or to help new filmmakers and composers achieve their vision. It’s all led me to share my unpredictable art career with you and and all of these ‘things’ that can never be unseen again, lurking in the shadows or leaping off the page.”
You can see the cover of Ghoulish above and Pullin’s alternative poster for the Wes Craven horror classic Scream, below.