Ghoulish: The Art of Gary Pullin!


I’ll never forget the first time I watched Dawn of the Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Thing, or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I was utterly terrified, but compelled to keep watching as I peered from behind a pillow. Or the last time I put down a Stephen King book and then immediately checked to see if anything was rising out of the bathtub — or the first time I heard Vincent Price as ‘The Curator’ on Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare.

It’s these sights and sounds that slowly, over the course of four decades, created a monster in me — and gave me an unstoppable desire to emulate them with pens and brushes and to breathe new life into old favorites, or to help new filmmakers and composers achieve their vision. It’s all led me to share my unpredictable art career with you and all of these ‘things’ that can never be unseen again, lurking in the shadows or leaping off the page.

– Gary Pullin

One of our favorite artists is getting a book!

Ghoulish: The Art of Gary Pullin is a comprehensive retrospective of artist and illustrator Pullin’s vivid career wrapped up in a 208-page, full-color, lavish hardbound book.

Ghoulish features his iconic alternative movie posters for beloved films, including horror classics (Halloween, Friday the 13th, Scream, Creepshow) and cult favorites (The Big Lebowski, Re-Animator, Monster Squad). In addition to spotlighting collectible pop culture movie posters, Ghoulish includes a range of Pullin’s magazine covers, special edition Blu-Ray packaging, album covers, enamel pins and monster-based illustrations.

This book covers it all—from my early years as a budding artist and horror film fan and my thirteen-year stint at Rue Morgue magazine as their original art director to the present day, which finds me owning and operating my own company, Ghoulish Gary. I hope you enjoy reading my story and taking in the artwork as much as I enjoyed creating it. Perhaps it will inspire you to carve out your own path.

– Gary Pullin

Ghoulish is written by April Snellings (project editor for Rue Morgue magazine and a 2017 Rondo Horror Award winner), while Rue Morgue co-owner David Alexander will serve as editor. The book also includes forewords by Rob Jones, the co-founder of Mondo and a visual artist known for his work with The White Stripes, and Independent Spirit Award-winning horror director and actor Larry Fessenden.

The regular version of Ghoulish retails for $29.95 USD and will be available online via Amazon and local bookstores worldwide.

Two deluxe, limited-edition versions of the book, each of which retail for $39.95 USD, will also be available:

  • a signed copy of Ghoulish packaged with a 12-inch exclusive single by the legendary progressive rock band Goblin. The LP, which is housed in a jacket featuring exclusive Pullin artwork, contains newly remastered live versions of their classic themes to Suspiria and Dawn of the Dead. Only 500 copies of the single will be pressed, split between two variants: 300 “stained glass” transparent blue + 200 “stained glass” transparent red. Fans can pre-order this version online at 1984 Publishing’s site on Wednesday, November 8 at 1 p.m. EST.
  • an Amazon-exclusive version (limited to 100 copies) featuring a signed 3D print of Children of the Corn by Pullin and special branded 3D glasses.

Pre-order your limited edition book and vinyl version HERE

Pre-order your limited edition Amazon Exclusive HERE

About Gary Pullin: Gary Pullin, known to horror enthusiasts and art collectors as “Ghoulish Gary,” is an award-winning artist and leading designer in the world of alternative movie posters, vinyl record packaging, and pop culture art. Gary’s work has been featured in a number of documentaries, including 24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters and Why Horror? In 2009, Gary was voted Artist of the Year in the Rondo Hatton Awards. After a thirteen-year stint as Rue Morgue magazine’s original art director, he’s now a full-time creature creator. His colorful signature style has graced numerous magazines, book covers, soundtracks, and movie posters. He’s had his work featured in galleries across North America, created highly sought-after screenprints for the likes of Mondo and Skuzzles; album art for Waxwork Records, Mondo, Death Waltz, and Varese Sarabande; and created key art for various films, including Grabbers, Birth of the Living Dead, and The Babadook. Gary lives in a century-old home with his bride, Nicole, and their monster dog, Pandora.

Visit Gary Pullin’s website, or follow him on Facebook (GhoulishGaryPullin) Twitter (@ghoulishgary) and Instagram (ghoulishgary).

About April Snellings: April Snellings has somehow built a career out of her passion for spooky pop culture. (Her obsession with The Facts of Life has thus far been less productive, but she remains hopeful.) She’s a writer for Rue Morgue magazine and a project editor and contributor for the popular Rue Morgue Library. In 2015, April joined the lineup of creators for the acclaimed audio drama series Tales from Beyond the Pale. In 2016, she was voted Writer of the Year in the Rondo Hatton Awards. April lives in Tennessee with her long-suffering wife, a quartet of recalcitrant dogs and cats, and a seven-foot animatronic werewolf named C. Thomas Howl.

Visit April Snellings’ website, or follow her on Facebook (AprilSnellingsWriter), Twitter (@AprilSnellings) and Instagram (aprilsnellings).

About 1984 Publishing: 1984 Publishing brings premium, hardbound, full-color art and gift books to coffee tables worldwide. Founder Matthew Chojnacki has written three award-winning art books of his own: Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground (Volumes I and II), plus the ’80s vinyl cover art book Put the Needle on the Record: The 1980s at 45 Revolutions Per Minute. Chojnacki has more than 20 years of business experience, and recently helped produce several films, including 24 x 36: A Movie about Movie Posters; 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story; the LGBT doc Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street; the political music film Beyond Barricades; and the upcoming wrestling/thriller Powerbomb.

Visit 1984 Publishing’s website, and follow 1984 Publishing on Facebook (1984Publishing), Twitter (@1984Prods) and Instagram (1984Prods).

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