New York: Hyperion, 2011. Troy Nixey. First edition. Hardcover. This first edition, first printing of Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is signed by del Toro and co-author Christopher Golden. This copy is as new in a near-fine dust jacket. Both signatures are inked on the half-title page, del Toro’s above Golden’s. This is an attractive publication featuring illustrated boards and endpapers, stained text block edges, and copious illustrations by Troy Nixey throughout. The volume appears as new internally and externally with clean boards, sharp corners, and no markings to the text save the two authors’ signatures. The unclipped dust jacket is bright and crisp, its sole observed defect being some abrasion to the rear flap fold, exposing the white paper below. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, archival clear cover.
Guillermo del Toro (1964- ) is a quintessential example of fan turned genre-shaper. A lifelong lover of horror films, his passion for the genre led him from unlikely origins to the Oscars. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, del Toro taught himself English reading Forrest Ackerman’s Famous Monsters of Filmland and spent his high school years making DIY horror films. After graduation he attended Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográficos in Guadalajara, and in his book-length essay on Alfred Hitchcock summed up his philosophy of genre film, “in the terror genre, an artist, unbound by ‘reality,’ can create his purest reflection of the world—the cinematic equivalent of poetry.”
In 1993 del Toro released his first feature film Cronos which received an award at Cannes, exposing the director to an international audience. The films that followed span genres from the comic book adaptation of Hellboy to the dark wartime fairy tale of Pan’s Labyrinth to the late-Victorian gothic of Crimson Peak. In 2017 del Toro was awarded with film’s highest honor when he received the Academy Award for Best Director for his film The Shape of Water. Though most of del Toro’s writing is for the screen, he has also co-written a number of books including the volume we offer here that was published as a tie-in to the 2010 film of the same name for which del Toro served as writer and producer. Item #005087