I received an early Christmas gift a couple of weeks back from one of my friends, it’s a book collecting many pages from Guillermo Del Toro’s sketchbooks for his various films entitled Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions.
It is an amazing book filled with sketches and notes from his film work like Cronos, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim to name just a few. It also contains a small tour through his personal ‘museum’ entitled Bleak House. In his library he has a life-size H.P. Lovecraft keeping an eye on all of the books in the collection…and in that photo there is just a bit of a cover of a book that caught my eye. I did a little guessing and found out the tome was called the Archives of Evil and was edited by none other than Christoper Lee!
Christopher Lee would know a thing or two about evil I would think.
It looks to no longer be in print but thanks to the Vault of Evil we know the contents of the collection:
Introduction – Christopher Lee
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventure Of The Sussex Vampire
H. P. Lovecraft – The Lurking Fear
John Collier – Rope Enough
Jack London – Lost face
Theodore Sturgeon – It
Henry Slesar – The Rats Of Dr. Picard
W. F. Harvey – The Beast With Five Fingers
Ray Bradbury – Skeleton
H. R. Wakefield – The Seventeenth Hole At Duncaster
Saki – Gabriel-Ernest
M. R. James – The Ash Tree
Massimo Bontempelli – The Avenging Film