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NEWS : THE HAMMER STORY - 2nd edition update

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Book News 27.08.

In addition to the standard edition of the revised Hammer Story by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes, Titan Books are also planning to issue a Limited Edition of 600 numbered copies bound in black leather, with the red Hammer logo on the front and spine.


The deluxe edition also contains a parchment page in the front, which has signatures from: Martine Beswick, Valerie Leon, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Barbara Shelley, Madeline Smith.


The delux edition is expected to sell for around £75 and anyone interested in this edition is asked to email


You can pre-order the standard edition here.


Meanwhile the final press release for the book is below:



Celebrating 50 Years of Hammer Horror!

"When we saw the logo of Hammer Films, we knew it was going to be a very special picture"
- Martin Scorcese

Fifty years ago, Hammer Films released their first 'gothic' horror movie, The Curse of Frankenstein, beginning a series of films that changed the face of horror cinema. 'Hammer Horror' made international stars of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and inspired a generation of Hollywood filmmakers, including George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, earning the company an esteemed place in cinematic history.

Over the decades Hammer Films has been the subject of dozens of books, essays and documentaries; now, Hammer has given active backing to a fully-authorised history of the company. Compiled with unlimited access to the Hammer archives The Hammer Story [Titan Books, 26 October 2007, £24.99] provides a film-by-film dissection of the history of Hammer Films, dripping with rare promotional material and previously unpublished photographs.

Featuring an exclusive foreword by Hammer alumni Sir Christopher Lee, this definitive guide throws open the crypt doors to provide the ultimate collector's item for any Hammer fan. Lavishly illustrated with movie stills and behind-the-scenes photographs, plus memorabilia including rare posters and press clippings, authors Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes give an in-depth look at the company that ushered in a new era of horror cinema, and the unrivalled panache that made Hammer the master of the genre.

Marcus Hearn was the editor of Hammer Horror magazine, for which Alan Barnes wrote features. Together, they have co-authored Tarantino A-Zed, The Cinema of George Lucas and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

cover art for The Hammer Story 2nd edition - published by Titan

cover art for the 2nd edition of The Hammer Story : The Authorised History of Hammer Films by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes

Titan's Top Ten Hammer Facts

2007 is the 50th anniversary of the release of Hammer's first gothic horror movie, The Curse of Frankenstein.

Hammer films influenced a whole generation of film directors, including Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton and George Lucas. Burton and Lucas have even cast Sir Christopher Lee in several of their films.

Though best known for their horror films, Hammer also made thrillers, swashbucklers, war movies, and comedies. In fact their comedy On the Buses was the British box office champion of 1971!

Hammer were also responsible for the indelible image of Raquel Welch in a fur bikini, in their historically inaccurate but hugely entertaining dinosaurs vs. humans epic One Million Years B.C.

Hammer's films were exported around the world, and benefited the British economy to such an extent that the company was presented with The Queen's Award to Industry in 1968.

The 'vampire bats' which menaced the cast in Kiss of the Vampire were actually toys bought from Woolworths.

Hammer were masters of the poster tagline. One of their best was for The Mummy's Shroud: 'Beware the beat of the cloth-wrapped feet!'

The legendary Bette Davis starred in two Hammer films, The Nanny and The Anniversary.

The even more legendary Oliver Reed scored his first leading role in Hammer's Curse of the Werewolf.

Hammer Films Limited was recently bought by a company owned by John de Mol (the Dutch media giant behind Big Brother). With several new films in development, Hammer is set to rise from the grave!

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The Hammer Story (Revised Edition)
Marcus Hearn & Alan Barnes
Titan Books
26 October 2007 • Hardback • £24.99 • 192pp
ISBN-10: 1-84576-185-2 • ISBN-13: 9781845761851

© Marcus Hearn, Alan Barnes and Hammer Film Productions Limited as joint owners 1997, 2007.



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* Hammer Story 2nd Edition (book news 04.07.07)







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