The Art of Horror is a must-have for monster movie lovers

It's a sumptuous visual feast of moody imagery.

The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History
(Applause Theatre & Cinema Books Hardcover; November 2015; $40) landed on CL's desk at a time when appreciation of vintage horror is at an all-time high, evidenced by Second Screen's recent showing of Dario Argento's Suspiria and del Toro's nostalgic and sweeping Gothic romance Crimson Peak

The marvelously massive anthology weighs nearly 4 pounds and boasts a lovely matte paper stock with impeccable image quality. Editor Stephen Jones has curated more than 500 fantastical and creepy images with a beautifully penned foreword by Neil Gaiman (a tease, but a tasty one, for sure).