Hung, Drawn and Executed: The Horror Art of Graham Humphreys (Hardcover)
Graham Humphreys’ career as a poster artist looms large over horror cinema. From designing the iconic Evil Dead poster to Nightmare on Elm Street and House of a Thousand Corpses, his work is familiar to everyone. It’s easy to see why his work grabs the attention of horror fans and filmmakers alike as he continually and systematically sets the bar ever higher in his quest for sheer terror and pure entertainment. With more than 40 years experience he is one of the few contemporary illustrators using the traditional medium of gouache to paint his images. Includes previously unseen work: paintings, drawings, and color studies.
About the Author
Graham Humphreys is an illustrator and visual artist best known for producing film posters. During the 1980s, Humphreys worked with Palace Pictures, producing publicity material for such films as Dream Demon, Basket Case, The Evil Dead, and Nightmare on Elm Street. His current projects include vinyl LP sleeves, posters, private commissions, and work for horror film festivals.
Foreword by Dacre Stoker
Dacre Stoker is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker and the international bestselling co-author of Dracula: The Un-Dead (2009), the official Stoker family-endorsed sequel to Dracula and the prequel Dracul (2018). He is also the co-editor of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years. He currently lives in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, where he manages the Bram Stoker Estate.
"Graham immediately understood the essence of our film and painted an image that ripped up the traditions and threw the movie right in your face. I loved this poster!" —Sam Raimi, director, producer, screenwriter, actor
"Graham Humphreys' art is at once beautiful and transformative." —Clive Barker, screenwriter and novelist
"I’ve long been an admirer of Graham’s wonderful artwork. For me, there’s nothing that quite says HORROR like the queasy, lurid phantasms he conjures up with such wit, skill and imagination. I think I found The Evil Dead poster scarier than the film!" —Mark Gatiss, actor, screenwriter and novelist
"How do I love Graham Humphreys's artistry? Let me count the ways. The genre of horror, because of its examination of things dark and strange, demands a certain theatricality in approach. And capturing the spirit and tone of a horror film in a single image such as a poster or DVD cover is especially challenging. Time and again Graham's masterful art work meets and exceeds that challenge. His illustrations are consistently vivid, energetic and always convey an uncanny sense of motion and emotion. Graham Humphreys is at the pinnacle of his craft and I am so honored to have been the subject of a number of his." —Jeffrey Combs, author, Re-Animator
"One hundred seventy-six pages of iconic movie posters, illustrations and paintings . . . every work here deserves close inspection, and any fans of classic horror and sci-fi art will find loads to love. It’s also great to see a contemporary artist resisting digital image creation and using the traditional medium of gouache to paint his images." –This is Cool
"Not only does this book showcase Graham’s amazing body of work, it includes a step-by-step breakdown of his painting process, which makes it invaluable to any budding artist." —Wolfbait
"With his distinctive but always innovative style, Humphreys could quite comfortably be termed the British Drew Struzan. This is a beautifully-presented testament to his art and is an essential purchase for any genre fan." —Starburst
"Hung, Drawn and Executed is a fascinating and delightful peek behind the curtain of all too often woefully ignored facet of one of the world’s most beloved genres." — Mass Movement
"For over forty years Graham Humphreys has been a fixture on the UK horror scene as an artist and designer. Hung, Drawn, and Executed is a wonderful introduction to Humphreys’ signature colourful style that is both instantly recognizable and utterly stunning." —Screen Anarchy