Genre Directory

All the genres & sub-genres in handy-to-browse listings.

Art Books

In the realm of speculative fiction, spanning genres like fantasy, horror, and science fiction, the worlds imagined are often as compelling in their visual evocations as they are in narrative depth. Art books dedicated to these genres provide a curated platform to showcase the visual representations of these fantastical worlds, the creatures that inhabit them, and the moods they evoke. Such books illuminate the artist’s vision, often providing a fresh perspective or an alternative look into familiar stories and settings.

Fantasy Art Books: These typically feature grand landscapes from mythical realms, magnificent castles, mythical creatures like dragons, elves, and unicorns, as well as epic battles and serene moments. The illustrations often mirror the traditional themes of heroism, magic, and quests, and can also delve into sub-genres like steampunk, dark fantasy, and fairy tales. Renowned artists in this realm might include Alan Lee, Brian Froud, and H.R. Giger.

Horror Art Books: Delving into the darker aspects of the imagination, horror art books showcase the macabre, the eerie, and the grotesque. From depictions of classic monsters and demons to more psychological and abstract horrors, these artworks evoke fear, dread, and unease. They are an exploration of the unknown and the unknowable, a visual dance with the forbidden and the taboo. Notable artists might include Bernie Wrightson, Yoshitaka Amano, and Junji Ito.

Science Fiction Art Books: These books give us a glimpse into the future, alternate realities, and the vast expanse of the universe. They often feature technologically advanced cities, alien landscapes, interstellar ships, and beings from other worlds. These images help readers envision the infinite possibilities of the future, the challenges humanity might face, and the wonders they might encounter. Artists such as Chris Foss, Yoko Tsukamoto, and Ralph McQuarrie have defined this genre with their iconic imagery.

Art books in these genres may also be compilations, showcasing the evolution of cover art over the years, or providing a retrospective of an artist’s career. They serve not only as collections of beautiful images but also as chronicles of the evolving visual language of these genres. For fans, collectors, and those with an appreciation for visual art, these books provide a rich, immersive experience, often accompanied by commentary from the artists, offering insights into their inspirations, techniques, and the stories behind each piece.

  • Castles by Alan Lee
  • Castles by Alan Lee