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The Fantastic Six

The Fantastic Six

The life stories of Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stanislaw Lem, Philip K. Dick, Stephen King

Issued by Charlotte Kerner

1st ed. published 2010. 304 pages From the age of 14 years up All rights available

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The Fantastic Six

The life stories of Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stanislaw Lem, Philip K. Dick, Stephen King

The great masters of horror, fantasy and science fiction, their life stories and their fantastic worlds of imagination. Six spellbinding portraits, which simultaneously offer a thrilling introduction to the realm of fantasy literature – about Dracula, Frankenstein, The Lord of the Rings on up to Solaris, Blade Runner and It.

Frankenstein, Dracula, The Lord of the Rings, Solaris, Blade Runner, It: Each of these six titles bring fantastic images to mind. All of them are famous book titles, written by five writers who are among the world’s most widely read authors.
Their works have made a decisive mark on the past 200 years in the categories of horror, science fiction and fantasy and have provided us with new myths. Once dismissed as trashy literature or underestimated, today their works are also recognized in the literary world. All of them are considered classics in their genre and provide fabulous material for wonderful films and have fabricated film icons. Early classics include »Frankenstein« with Boris Karloff and »Dracula«, and the more modern film versions of »Shining« to »Blade Runner« on up to »Solaris« and »The Lord of the Rings«.

Frankenstein: Mary Shelley (1797-1851) created the modern science legend (by Anja Stürzer)
Dracula: Bram Stoker (1847-1912) made the most famous blood-drinker immortal (by Jürgen Seidel)
Middle Earth: J. R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) lived for fantasy (by Frank Weinreich)
Solaris: Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006) searched for our future (by Bernd Flessner)
Blade Runner: Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) became America’s Kafka (by Charlotte Kerner)
It: Stephen King (* 1947) is the master of horror (by Marcel Feige)