Sex And Horror
Eye- popping Italian illustrations
Release Date: Out Now! 160 pages | Paperback Author: Mark Alfrey Publisher: Korero Press
This collection of the lurid pulp art of Emanuelle Taglietti will arouse some and appal many. Yet others will take a detached view of it as an interesting insight into an industry whose time has passed.
During the ’ 70s and ’ 80s Taglietti drew 10- 12 covers a month for fumetti ( Italian comics) – some horror- themed, others on subjects such as the Mafia and Musketeers. Their job was to catch the eye of a predominantly male audience. Very often this involves topless women tied up and menaced with knives or whips, and the unsubtle placement of phallic bottles or telephone receivers. One or two covers – like the one of a woman being forced into a giant meat mincer – go so far as to prompt a gasp.
As undeniable as the stench of sleaziness is the ability involved; these are striking, dynamic images, and it’s remarkable that Taglittei knocked them out so fast. And the concise descriptions of series like Wallesteri Il Mostro, which featured “a hideous monster made up of formless matter”, provide fascinating glimpses of a little- documented and long- since abandoned seam of horror. Calvin Baxter Before switching careers, Taglietti worked as assistant art director and set decorator on films like Fellini’s Juliet Of The Spirits.
Three of the book’s milder illustrations!