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CLIVE BARKER’S DARK WORLDS de Phil & Sarah Stokes

A deep dive into the creative world and personal archive of the master of horror Clive Barker, from Hellraiser and Candyman to today.

CLIVE BARKER’S DARK WORLDS
by Phil and Sarah Stokes
‎Cernunnos/Abrams, October 2022

« I’ve seen the future of horror . . . and his name is Clive Barker. » In the mid-1980s, Stephen King inducted a young English novelist into the world of great genre writers, and since then, this genius creator has only continued to expand his field of activity. Created by his two most loyal collaborators, Phil and Sarah Stokes, CLIVE BARKER’S DARK WORLDS is the first book to shed light on the massive scope of Barker’s creative work. With the help of Barker himself, this book contains exclusive insight from those who have worked with him creatively and professionally, alongside analyses of his works and comments over four decades from industry contemporaries and friends such as Ramsey Campbell, Quentin Tarantino, Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, Peter Straub, Armistead Maupin, J.G. Ballard, Wes Craven, and many more.
The book spans Barker’s world, highlighting classics such as the character Pinhead, an icon in the pantheon of horror cinema; the Hellraiser series of ten films and a forthcoming HBO miniseries; and the cult films
Nightbreed and Candyman, the latter of which was rebooted as a Jordan Peele production in 2021. In literature, Barker has written the horror anthology series Books of Blood, which was recently adapted by Hulu, as well as numerous fantasy sagas. Weaveworld and The Great and Secret Show have become instant genre classics, and Abarat is a beloved bestselling series for young adults. In the world of comics, Barker has partnered with major publishers such as Marvel and BOOM! Studios. This tireless creator has also dipped his toes into the worlds of toys, video games, and art, and his incredible collection of paintings, drawings, and photographs have been exhibited in galleries over the world.

Phil and Sarah Stokes are Clive Barker’s longtime friends and official archivists. The London-based writers and researchers oversee Barker’s official website, fan club, and immense personal collection of manuscripts, art, and more. According to Barker himself, they “have an encyclopedic knowledge of who I am and what I’ve done [and] understand me better than almost anyone on the planet.”

BONG JOON-HO: DISSIDENT CINEMA de Karen Han

Brilliantly illustrated and designed by the London-based film magazine Little White Lies, BONG JOON-HO examines the career of the South Korean writer/director, who has been making critically acclaimed feature films for more than two decades.

BONG JOON-HO: DISSIDENT CINEMA
by Karen Han
illustrated by Little White Lies
Abrams, November 2022

First breaking out into the international scene with festival-favorite Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), Bong then set his sights on the story of a real-life serial killer in 2003’s Memories of Murder and once again won strong international critical attention, taking home the prize for Best Director at the San Sebastian Film Festival. But it was 2006’s The Host that proved to be a huge breakout moment both for Bong and the Korean film industry. The monster movie, set in Seoul, premiered at Cannes and became an instant hit—South Korea’s widest release ever, setting new box office records and selling remake rights in the US to Universal. Bong’s next feature, Mother (2009) also premiered at Cannes, once again earning critical acclaim and appearing on many “best-of” lists for 2009/2010. Bong’s first English-language film, Snowpiercer (2013)—set on a postapocalyptic train where class divisions erupt into class warfare—followed on its heels, bringing his work outside of the South Korean and film festival markets and onto the stage of global commercial cinema.
With 2017’s 
Okja (which became a center of controversy due to its being produced and released by Netflix), Bong became even more of an internationally known name, with the New York Times‘ A. O. Scott calling the film “a miracle of imagination and technique.” Bong’s next film, the 2019 black comedy/thriller Parasite, simultaneously scaled back—the film is mostly set in just two locations, with two Korean families taking center stage—and took his career to new heights, winning the Palme d’Or with a unanimous vote, as well as history-making Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.  Parasite’s jarring shifts in tone—encompassing darkness, drama, slapstick, and black humor—and its unsubtle critiques of late capitalism and American imperialism are in conversation with Bong’s entire body of work, and this mid-career monograph will survey the entirety of that work, including his short films, to flesh out the stories behind the films with supporting analytical text and interviews with Bong’s key collaborators. The book also explores Bong’s rise in the cultural eye of the West, catching up readers with his career before his next masterpiece arrives.

Karen Han is a Korean American culture writer and screenwriter whose work can be found in outlets such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, VICE, the Village Voice, New York Magazine, and Slate. She has also appeared on television and radio as a critic on Good Morning America, Amanpour, NPR, and WNYC. She lives in Los Angeles.

DIANA, WILLIAM & HARRY de James Patterson & Chris Mooney

James Patterson tells the most heartbreaking story of our time, as only he can—Diana’s life as a princess and a mother—timed to the twenty-fifth anniversary of her death.

DIANA, WILLIAM & HARRY
by James Patterson & Chris Mooney
Little, Brown, August 2022
(via Kaplan/DeFiore Rights)

At age thirteen, she became Lady Diana Spencer. At twenty, Princess of Wales. At twenty-one, she earned her most important title: Mother. As she fell in love, first with Prince Charles and then with her sons, William and Harry, the world fell in love with the young royal family—Diana most of all. With one son destined to be King of England, and one to find his own way, she taught them dual lessons about real life and royal tradition. « William and Harry will be properly prepared, » Diana once promised. « I am making sure of this. » Even after the shield of her love is tragically torn away, she remains their greatest protector—and the world’s enduring inspiration.

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. The creator of Alex Cross, he has produced more enduring fictional heroes than any other novelist alive. He lives in Florida with his family.
Chris Mooney is the international bestselling author of fourteen thrillers. The Mystery Writers of America nominated Remembering Sarah for an Edgar Award. He teaches creative writing at Harvard.

CRACKING THE NAZI CODE de Jason Bell

CRACKING THE NAZI CODE:
The Untold Story of Secret Agent A12, the First Spy to Uncover the Nazis
by Jason Bell
Patrick Crean Editions/HarperCollins Canada, September 2023
(via Vertical Ink)

In 1919, only one man warned that a secret group of Nazi military officers planned to launch World War II once they had carefully prepared their takeover of Germany, and that they would target the Jews – only to have those warnings classified and kept from public view. Twenty years later, only one man, the same man – Winthrop Bell – warned in two separate Op-Eds in the major Canadian newspaper Saturday Night against Hitler’s plan for racial extermination when others thought the Nazis meant only deportations. CRACKING THE HITLER CODE will paint a vivid narrative picture of Winthrop P. Bell – charming and wealthy Halifax businessman, Harvard philosophy professor, Reuters journalist, and espionage agent A12 in the British Secret Intelligence Service in post-World War I Germany, working undercover as a reporter while sending intelligence reports to Britain’s MI6. For almost a century Winthrop Bell’s secret papers were classified, and only now can his astonishing secret life be revealed against the backdrop of some of the most consequential events in human history.

Jason Bell, Ph.D. was the first scholar granted full access to Winthrop Bell’s papers at the Mount Allison University Archives in New Brunswick, Canada, three years prior to their being officially opened to the public, and he has spent over a decade researching them and his research has attracted over a half million dollars in grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Mount Allison University, the University of New Brunswick, the McCain Foundation, and KU Leuven (Belgium). Those funds allowed Bell to discover extensive archival research in four countries, as well as to undertake the transcription and translation of Winthrop Bell’s handwritten manuscripts and espionage-era journals, works available only in never-before published archival collections. He has been a professor of philosophy in four nations, has lectured in seven countries, and his written works have been published in English, German, and Italian.

SISTERS IN RESISTANCE de Tilar Mazzeo

In a tale as twisted as any spy thriller, find out how three women were drawn together to deliver critical evidence of Axis war crimes to Allied forces during World War II.

SISTERS IN RESISTANCE:
How a German Spy, a Banker’s Wife, and Mussolini’s Daughter Outwitted the Nazis
by Tilar Mazzeo
Grand Central, June 2022

In 1944, the war had reached its climax in continental Europe. News of secret diaries kept by Italy’s former Foreign Minister, Galeazzo Ciano, had permeated public consciousness. What wasn’t reported, however, was how three women—a Fascist’s daughter, a German spy, and an American socialite—risked their lives to ensure the diaries would reach the Allied forces, who would use the papers as key evidence against the Nazis at the Nuremberg Trials.
Just a year earlier, Edda Mussolini, Benito Mussolini’s daughter, had given Hitler and her father an ultimatum: release her husband, Galeazzo Ciano, from prison, or risk her leaking her husband’s journals to the press.
Knowing the diaries will expose Nazi lies and create a foundation for a criminal war crimes prosecution, Hitler and Mussolini vow to do everything in their power to see the diaries destroyed—even if it means liquidating Mussolini’s daughter. To do this, they ordered Hilde Beetz, a German spy, to seduce Ciano in prison in order to learn the diaries’ location. As the seducer becomes the seduced, however, Hilde shifts her loyalties and becomes a double agent, joining forces with Edda to save Ciano from execution. When this fails, Edda flees to Switzerland with Hilde’s daring assistance to keep Ciano’s final wish: to see the diaries published for use by the Allies.
When the head of United States’ intelligence, Alan Dulles, learns of Edda’s escape, he sends in socialite Frances De Chollet, an “accidental” spy, assigned by chance to a mission that would change her life. Her task is to find Edda, gain her trust, and, crucially, hand the diaries over to the Americans. Against all expectations, what develops is a rich and humanizing friendship between the two women. One step ahead of the Gestapo agents who are hunting Edda, together they succeed in preserving one of the most important historic documents of the Second World War.
Drawing from in depth research and first-person interviews with people who witnessed parts of this true story, Mazzeo gives readers a riveting look into this little known moment in cultural history and shows how, without Edda, Hilde, and Frances’s involvement, certain convictions would never have been possible at Nuremberg. SISTERS IN RESISTANCE is a powerful look at women’s intelligence work during WWII, a moving story of unlikely wartime friendships, and an inspirational investigation into three people who, navigated the place where truth, loyalty, justice, and betrayal collide.

Tilar J. Mazzeo is the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestselling author of books that include The Widow Clicquot, The Secret of Chanel No. 5, and Hotel on the Place Vendôme. She also writes on food and wine for the mainstream press, and her work has appeared in venues such as Food & Wine and in her Back-Lane Wineries guidebook series (Ten Speed Press). Her course on creative nonfiction (Great Courses), featured as in-flight viewing content on Virgin America airlines, is widely distributed and has made her a nationally prominent teacher of writing in nonfiction genres. A Professeure associée, Département de littératures et de langues du monde, University of Montreal, she divides her time among coastal Maine, New York City, and Saanichton, British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and stepchildren.