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Exclusive 18 x 24 Poster Art Tribute To Sir Christopher Lee and Hammer Films
A KISS ME MONSTER EXCLUSIVE! Stunning 18 x 24 glossy poster featuring the cover art from Diabolique Magazine issue 25 January/March 2016. It depicts the legendary horror genre actor Christopher Lee. He is surrounded by images from his most iconic movie roles. Diabolique commissioned the acclaimed artist Mark Spears to create this masterpiece. A must have for your collection and will look great hung in your den, game room or home office!
About Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee CBE (27 May 1922 – 7 June 2015). He was an English actor, singer, and author. With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films. His other film roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014), and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002 and 2005).
Lee was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009, received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011, and received the BFI Fellowship in 2013. Mr. Lee considered his best performance to be that of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998), and his best film to be the British horror film The Wicker Man (1973). He frequently appeared opposite Peter Cushing in various Hammer Horror films, and late in his career had roles in six Tim Burton films.
Always noted as an actor for his deep, strong voice, Lee was also known for his singing ability, recording various opera and musical pieces between 1986 and 1998, and the symphonic metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010, after having worked with several metal bands since 2005. The heavy metal follow-up Charlemagne: The Omens of Death was released on 27 May 2013, Lee's 91st birthday. He was honoured with the "Spirit of Metal" award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards ceremony. Lee died from complications of respiratory problems and heart failure on the morning of June 7th, 2015, at the age of 93.
Exclusive Bram Stoker Centenary 18 x 24 Poster
A KISS ME MONSTER EXCLUSIVE! Check out this awesome 18 x 24 poster featuring the cover art from Diabolique Magazine issue 10 - May/June 2012. It depicts the legendary Irish author Bram Stoker, recognized for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. He is surrounded by images with the actors that played the role of Dracula: Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi & Klaus Kinski. Diabolique commissioned the talented graphic designer Dima Ballin to create this stunning masterpiece. A must have for your collection and will look great hung in your den or home office! The rare photo of Mr. Stoker was loaned to Diabolique from Bram Stoker's Estate.
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Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912). Mr. Stoker visited the English town of Whitby in 1890, and that visit is said to be part of the inspiration of his great novel Dracula. He began writing novels while manager for Henry Irving and secretary and director of London's Lyceum Theatre, beginning with The Snake's Pass in 1890 and Dracula in 1897. During this period, Stoker was part of the literary staff of the The Daily Telegraph in London, and he wrote other fiction, including the horror novels The Lady of the Shroud (1909) and The Lair of the White Worm (1911). He published his Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving in 1906, after Irving's death, which proved successful, and managed productions at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
Before writing Dracula, Stoker met Ármin Vámbéry, a Hungarian writer and traveller. Dracula likely emerged from Vámbéry's dark stories of the Carpathian mountains. Stoker then spent several years researching European folklore and mythological stories of vampires. Dracula is an epistolary novel, written as a collection of realistic but completely fictional diary entries, telegrams, letters, ship's logs, and newspaper clippings, all of which added a level of detailed realism to the story, a skill which Stoker had developed as a newspaper writer. At the time of its publication, Dracula was considered a "straightforward horror novel" based on imaginary creations of supernatural life. "It gave form to a universal fantasy . . . and became a part of popular culture."
According to the Encyclopedia of World Biography, Stoker's stories are today included in the categories of "horror fiction", "romanticized Gothic" stories, and "melodrama." They are classified alongside other "works of popular fiction" such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which also used the "myth-making" and story-telling method of having multiple narrators telling the same tale from different perspectives, according to historian Jules Zanger. "'They can't all be lying,' thinks the reader."
The original 541-page manuscript of Dracula was believed to have been lost until it was found in a barn in northwestern Pennsylvania in the early 1980s. It included the typed manuscript with many corrections, and handwritten on the title page was "THE UN-DEAD." The author's name was shown at the bottom as Bram Stoker. Author Robert Latham remarked: "the most famous horror novel ever published, its title changed at the last minute." The manuscript was purchased by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Stoker's inspirations for the story, in addition to Whitby, may have included a visit to Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, a visit to the crypts of St. Michan's Church in Dublin, and the novella Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu.
Stoker's original research notes for the novel are kept by the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, PA. A facsimile edition of the notes was created by Elizabeth Miller and Robert Eighteen-Bisang in 1998.
Exclusive Diabolique Cover Art Poster 400 Years of Countess Elizabeth Bathory
A KISS ME MONSTER EXCLUSIVE! Feast your eyes on this stunning 18 x 24 poster featuring the cover art for Diabolique Magazine issue 22 September/October 2014. It depicts Countess Bathory in the nude bathing in bathtub filled with the blood of virgins! Two dead girls are laying down on both sides of the bathtub. Diabolique commissioned the acclaimed artist Steve McGinnis to create this incredible work of art. Only a limited amount of posters are now available for sale, so order yours today!
About Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (Hungarian: Báthory Erzsébet, Romanian: Elisabeta Bathory, Slovak: Alžbeta Bátoriová ; 7 August 1560 – 21 August 1614). She was a serial killer from the Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary. She has been labelled by Guinness World Records as the most prolific female murderer, though the precise number of her victims is debated. Báthory and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of young women between 1585 and 1609.The highest number of victims cited during Báthory's trial was 650. However, this number comes from the claim by a serving girl named Susannah that Jakab Szilvássy, Countess Báthory's court official, had seen the figure in one of Báthory's private books. The book was never revealed, and Szilvássy never mentioned it in his testimony. Despite the evidence against Elizabeth, her family's influence kept her from facing trial. She was imprisoned in December 1609 within Csetje Castle, Upper Hungary (now in Slovakia), and held in solitary confinement in a room whose windows were walled up where she remained imprisoned until her death five years later.
The stories of her serial murders and brutality are verified by the testimony of more than 300 witnesses and survivors as well as physical evidence and the presence of horribly mutilated dead, dying and imprisoned girls found at the time of her arrest. Stories which ascribe to her vampire-like tendencies (most famously the tale that she bathed in the blood of virgins to retain her youth) were generally recorded years after her death and are considered unreliable. Her story quickly became part of national folklore, and her infamy persists to this day. She is often compared with Vlad III the Impaler of Wallachia, on whom the fictional Count Dracula is partly based, and has been nicknamed The Blood Countess and Countess Dracula.
Exclusive Ingrid Pitt 18 x 24 Art Poster The Legacy of Sheridan Le Fanu
A KISS ME MONSTER EXCLUSIVE! Feast your eyes on this incredible 18 x 24 poster featuring the sensational cover art from Diabolique Magazine issue 22 - September/October 2014. It depicts Ingrid Pitt about to sink her bloody fangs into the neck of a young female, who is lying on her bed nude in a classic scene from Vampire Lovers (1970 - Hammer Films). Diabolique commissioned the acclaimed horror artist Robert Aragon to create this stunning masterpiece. Important! There are only a limited amount of these museum quality art posters available for sale, so order yours today before they're sold out for good!
About Artist Robert Aragon He is a self-taught artist (who retired in 2015) and whose passion for science-fiction and horror films led him to a career focusing stunning artwork on the stars of those movies. One of his most ardent admirers was the late Vincent Price, whose friendship and guidance was both a personal and artistic inspiration to him. Mr. Aragon’s artwork covers a wide range of projects and styles, including books, portraits, comics, trading cards, guitar cases, skateboards, and nearly everything in between. When he steps away from the canvas, Robert enjoys surfing, collecting art and movie memorabilia, playing the piano, and writing children’s books. Mr. Aragon is now officially represented by the prestigious Bridgeman Art Library.
Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (28 August 1814 – 7 February 1873). An Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was a leading ghost-story writer of the 19th century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era. M. R. James described Le Fanu as "absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories".Three of his best-known works are Uncle Silas, Carmilla and The House by the Churchyard.
Le Fanu worked in many genres but remains best known for his mystery and horror fiction. He was a meticulous craftsman and frequently reworked plots and ideas from his earlier writing in subsequent pieces. Many of his novels, for example, are expansions and refinements of earlier short stories. He specialised in tone and effect rather than "shock horror", and liked to leave important details unexplained and mysterious. He avoided overt supernatural effects: in most of his major works, the supernatural is strongly implied but a "natural" explanation is also possible. The demonic monkey in "Green Tea" could be a delusion of the story's protagonist, who is the only person to see it; in "The Familiar", Captain Barton's death seems to be supernatural, but is not actually witnessed, and the ghostly owl may be a real bird. This technique influenced later horror artists, both in print and on film (see, for example, the film producer Val Lewton's principle of "indirect horror").
Though other writers have since chosen less subtle techniques, Le Fanu's best tales, such as the vampire novella Carmilla, remain some of the most powerful in the genre. He had enormous influence on one of the 20th century's most important ghost story writers, M. R. James, and although his work fell out of favour in the early part of the 20th century, towards the end of the century interest in his work increased and remains comparatively strong.
Exclusive Peter Cushing 18 x 24 Centennial Poster
A KISS ME MONSTER EXCLUSIVE! Check out this incredible 18 x 24 glossy poster featuring the breathtaking cover art from Diabolique Magazine issue 16 - May/June 2013. It depicts Peter Cushing as Baron Victor Frankenstein surrounded by images from his most memorable horror film roles. Diabolique commissioned the acclaimed horror artist Robert Aragon to create this stunning masterpiece. A must have for your collection and will look great hung in your den or home office. Important! Only a limited amount of these museum quality posters are currently available for sale, so order yours today before they're sold out for good!
About Artist Robert Aragon A self-taught artist (who retired in 2015) and whose passion for science-fiction and horror films led him to a career focusing stunning artwork on the stars of those movies. One of his most ardent admirers was the late Vincent Price, whose friendship and guidance was both a personal and artistic inspiration to him. Mr. Aragon’s artwork covers a wide range of projects and styles, including books, portraits, comics, trading cards, guitar cases, skateboards, and nearly everything in between. When he steps away from the canvas, Robert enjoys surfing, collecting art and movie memorabilia, playing the piano, and writing children’s books. Mr. Aragon is now officially represented by the prestigious Bridgeman Art Library.
Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE (26 May 1913 – 11 August 1994) was an English actor and a BAFTA TV Award Best Actor winner in 1956. He is mainly known for his prolific appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played strong character roles like the sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing, among many other roles. He appeared frequently opposite Christopher Lee, and occasionally Vincent Price. A familiar face on both sides of the Atlantic, Cushing's best-known roles outside the Hammer productions include Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977) and Dr. Who in Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966), films based on the Doctor Who television series.
Mr. Cushing is well known for playing Baron Victor Frankenstein and Professor Van Helsing in a long series of horror films produced by Hammer Film Productions in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He was often cast alongside Christopher Lee, who became his best friend. His first appearances in his two most famous roles were in Terence Fisher's films The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Dracula (1958). He later said that his career decisions entailed selecting roles where he knew that he would be accepted by the audience. "Who wants to see me as Hamlet? Very few. But millions want to see me as Frankenstein, so that's the one I do."
Cushing also played Sherlock Holmes many times, originally in Hammer's The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), the first Holmes adaptation to be filmed in colour. This was followed by a performance in 16 episodes of the BBC series Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (1968), of which only six episodes survive. Peter Cushing reprised the role, now playing the detective in old age, in The Masks of Death (1984) for Channel 4.
In the mid-1960s, Cushing played Dr. Who in two films (Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.) based on the BBC science-fiction TV series Doctor Who, although the films are not considered part of the show's official canon by the BBC. He decided to play the part as a lovable and avuncular figure to counter the public's image of him as a horror actor.
In an interview published in ABC Film Review in November 1964, Cushing stated, "People look at me as if I were some sort of monster, but I can't think why. In my macabre pictures, I have either been a monster-maker or a monster-destroyer, but never a monster. Actually, I'm a gentle fellow. Never harmed a fly. I love animals, and when I'm in the country I'm a keen bird-watcher." In an interview published in 1966, he added, "I do get terribly tired with the neighbourhood kids telling me 'My mum says she wouldn't want to meet you in a dark alley'."
Exclusive Poster With Alejandro Jodorowsky on Life, Art and the Poetry of Violence
A KISS ME MONSTER EXCLUSIVE! An incredible 18 x 24 glossy poster featuring the cover art from Diabolique Magazine issue 24 July/September 2015. It depicts cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky. He is surrounded by images from some of his most acclaimed movies. Diabolique commissioned the artist Mark Spears to create this masterpiece. Mr. Jodorowsky was born on February 17, 1929. He is an internationally renowned Chilean French film and theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, actor, author, poet, producer, composer, musician, comics writer, and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts" for his work which "is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation".
About Alejandro Jodorowsky: Born to Jewish-Ukrainian parents in Chile, Jodorowsky experienced an unhappy and alienated childhood, and so immersed himself in reading and writing poetry. Dropping out of college, he became involved in theater and in particular mime, working as a clown before founding his own theater troupe in 1947 the Teatro Mimico. Moving to Paris in the early 1950s, Jodorowsky studied mime under Étienne Decroux before turning to cinema, directing the short film Les têtes interverties in 1957. From 1960 he divided his time between Paris and Mexico City, in the former becoming a founding member of the anarchistic avant-garde Panic Movement of performance artists. In 1966 he created his first comic strip, Anibal 5, while in 1967 he directed his first feature film, the surrealist Fando y Lis, which caused a huge scandal in Mexico, eventually being banned.
His next film, the acid western El Topo (1970), became a hit on the midnight movie circuit in the United States, considered as the first-ever midnight cult film, garnering high praise from John Lennon, which led to Jodorowsky being provided with $1 million to finance his next film. The result was The Holy Mountain (1973), a surrealist exploration of western esotericism. Disagreements with the film's distributor Allen Klein, however, led to both The Holy Mountain and El Topo failing to gain widespread distribution, although both became classics on the underground film circuit.
After an aborted attempt at filming Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel Dune, Jodorowsky produced three more films, the family film Tusk (1980), the surrealist horror Santa Sangre (1989), and the failed blockbuster The Rainbow Thief (1990). Meanwhile, he has simultaneously written a series of science fiction comic books, most notably The Incal (1980 - 1989), which has been described as having a claim to be "the best comic book" ever written, and also The Technopriests and Metabarons. Accompanying this, he has also written books and regularly lectures on his own spiritual system, which he calls "psychomagic" and "psychoshamanism" and which borrows from his interests in alchemy, the tarot, Zen Buddhism and shamanism. His son Cristóbal has followed his teachings on psychoshamanism; this work is captured in the feature documentary Quantum Men, directed by Carlos Serrano Azcona.