Sex And Hor­ror

Eye- pop­ping Ital­ian il­lus­tra­tions

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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!

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