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A complete history of The Pan Book of Horror Stories, the infamous anthology series which ran from 1959-1989.
A complete history of The Pan Book of Horror Stories, the infamous anthology series which ran from 1959-1989.
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THE PAN BOOK OF HORROR STORIES SCRAPBOOK will be the result of 5 years in-depth research into this series which has haunted and thrilled me since I was thirteen years old.  

Original 60s bookmark
Original 60s bookmark

The funds collected for this book will be put towards the following things:

There is still some more research needed and people to interview

Getting a high quality artists to do the book cover and illustrations.

Paying for a professional proof reader.

High-res scanning of artwork, photos, letters etc.

Printing of the actual books which will be to the highest standards available.

The cult of the Pan Horrors continues to fascinate, more than 55 years after they were first published and 25 years after the last volume hit the shelves. This book aims to publish the definitive history of the series, its editors, its authors - with as much information and paperwork that I've been able to gather together since 2009. 

I've still got a lot of work to do on it, so have given myself the publication date of December 2015. It's a bit of a wait, but I'm working on this on my own, and have a full time job plus editing the Best British Horror series for Salt Publishing. 

I'm the only person I know of bonkers enough to attempt a book such as this, and the main reason I want to do it is so I can be the first person to read it! 

This will be a book for any fan of horror, its authors, the history of publishing, social history in a wider context and how a gentleman called Herbert van Thal created a series of books which has been ingrained into the national psyche.

Risks and challenges

I've given myself until December 2015 to get the book done. This gives me the time to do what I need to do. I want this book to be one that is of high standard.

I will kick arse when I need to.

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    A PDF copy of the finished book and your name in the acknowledgements.

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    A paperback copy of the finished book signed by the editor, a PDF copy of the finished book and your name in the acknowledgements.

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    A paperback copy of the finished book signed by the editor and two authors from the infamous series! An exclusive t-shirt with the cover of the book printed on it and a PDF copy of the finished book and your name in the acknowledgements of both print and PDF.

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    A jacketed hardcover of the finished book signed by the editor and a PDF copy of the book with your name in both print and electronic acknowledgements.

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    A jacketed hardcover of the finished book signed by the editor, a signed paperback copy, the t-shirt, the PDF and an exclusive postcard.

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    A numbered traycased edition of the book, with an exclusive print detailing one of the stories from the Pan Horror series illustrated by Jon Dixon who featured in Pan Horror 29 with 'The Surgeon's Tale'. You will also get an unsigned copy of the paperback and the PDF.

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    *Everything* that has been listed above - so the numbered edition, the print, the hardback, the paperback, the postcard, the t-shirt, the PDF plus lunch with the editor of the scrapbook and an author from the Pan Book of Horror Stories series! Lunch will be in London. Travel and accommodation is not included.

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    Two original illustrations from the book, as drawn by artist Alicia Rafferty. The editor's working proof copy (loose bound) of the finished book - full of corrections, scribbles, etc. You will also receive the numbered edition, the print, one copy of the hardback, two copies of the paperback, the postcard, the t-shirt, and the PDF.

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    A 'coffee-table' sized book - limited to one copy.The book will be signed by as many living Pan Horror authors as available on publication. You will also receive the lunch (travel and accommodation not included), the exclusive print, the hardback, the paperback, the PDF, the t-shirt and the postcard.

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