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From Ants to Zombies: Six Decades of Video Game Horror

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Scary games may have entered the mainstream with the likes of Resident Evil and Silent Hill in the PlayStation era but interactive entertainment has always been drawn to its darker side. From Ants to Zombies is a showcase for the remarkable range horror gaming has achieved, across six decades, from the 1970s to the 2020s, and over 70 hardware platforms, from the ZX Spectrum to the Xbox Series X.

More than 130 horror titles are analysed and contextualised across thirteen thematically-divided chapters, covering a variety of genres (from rail shooters to open-world RPGs), settings (from haunted mansions to infested space stations) and shades of fear (from creeping existential dread to stomach-churning outbursts of violence). The discussion is enlivened by exclusive commentary from pioneering horror developers such as Keiichiro Toyama (Silent Hill), Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight), Ken Levine (System Shock 2), Sandy White (Ant Attack), David Riordan (It Came from the Desert), Paul Norman (Forbidden Forest), Graeme Devine (The 7th Guest), and many more.

Spanning 600+ beautifully-illustrated pages, From Ants to Zombies offers an opportunity to revisit venerated classics and discover unfairly overlooked gems, tapping into the inexhaustible riches of six decades of video game horror.

From Ants to Zombies comes as a hardback, with a unique glow-in-the-dark logo and text. As with all our publications, we print lithographically on high-quality paper to showcase the gorgeous visuals as the games deserve. We also use thread sewn binding for extra durability and the ability to lay the book open flat. The cover features a specially created artwork by artist Vasilis Zikos.

Includes contributions from:

Adam Birch, Airdorf, Anna Anne Anthropy, Ben Cocuzza, Bob Johnson, Bryan Eggers, Charlie Cleveland, Clem Chambers, Danielle Dorsey, Dave Lebling, Dave Lloyd, David Riordan, DontFightDucks, F.J. Lennon, Graeme Devine, Graham Reznick, Ivan Zanotti, Jane Jensen, Jasper Byrne, Jeff Tunnell, Julien Névo, Keiichiro Toyama, Ken Levine, Kitty Horrorshow, Larry Fessenden, Laura Hunt, Lode Coen, Lynda Cowles, László Szenttornyai, Malcolm Evans, Michael Lutz, Mike Richardson, Octavi Navarro, Paul Norman, Robb Sherwin, Sandy White, Scott Adams, Ted Hentschke, Thomas Möhring, Tim Cowles, Tim Keenan, Trevor Storey, William McDonald and Wright Bagwell.

Book Specifications

664 pages. 170mm × 210mm. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Glow-in-the-dark logo and text on cover. Hardback. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Coloured bookmark ribbon. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go. Volumetric weight: 2.5kg

Games featured

13 Ghosts / 3D Monster Maze / 7th Guest, The / Adr1ft / Alan Wake / Alien / Alien Brigade / Alien: Isolation / Aliens: The Computer Game / Alone in the Dark / Amnesia: The Dark Descent / Among the Sleep / Anatomy / Anchorhead / Ant Attack / Asylum / Bandersnatch / Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle / Beast Busters / Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery, The / Betrayer / Binding of Isaac, The / BioShock / Black Mirror, The / Blair Witch / Bride of Frankenstein / Capsule / CarnEvil / Carrier / Castlevania / Cauldron / Chiller / Chitin Creek / Clive Barker’s Undying / Clock Tower / Cold Fear / Coloratura / Coma: Cutting Class, The / Congo: The Movie – Descent into Zinj / Corpse Killer / Count Lucanor, The / Count, The / Creepy Castle / Crush, Crumble and Chomp! / Crypt Killer / D / Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, The / Dark Seed / Dark Tales: From the Lost Soul / Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors / Darkwood / Dead ‘n’ Furious / Dead by Daylight / Dead Space / Dead Space: Extraction / Deadeus / Deadly Creatures / Deep Fear / Deep Sea / Demon’s Tomb: The Awakening / Detention / Dino Crisis / Dino Stalker / Discomfort / Don’t Go Alone / DOOM³ / Dracula / Dracula the Undead / Dracula Unleashed / Dracula: Origin / Dracula: The Resurrection / Dread X Collection / Duskers / Ecco the Dolphin / Echo Night / Ecstatica / Enemy Zero / Eversion / Evil Within, The / F.E.A.R. / FAITH: The Unholy Trinity / Fear, The / Firewatch / Forbidden Forest / Forbidden Siren / Forest, The / Frankenstein’s Monster / Friday the 13th / From Beyond: Prologue / Galerians / Ghouls ‘n Ghosts / Godzilla / Ground Zero Texas / Grounded / Halloween / Harvester / Haunted House (Atari) / Haunted House (Magnavox) / Haunted Museum / Haunting Ground / Hellnight / Hi-Res Adventure #1: Mystery House / Hollywood Monsters / Horror of Salazar House, The / Hound of Shadow, The / House of Seven Gables, The / House of the Dead, The / House of Usher / Hysteria Project / If on a Winter’s Night, Four Travelers / Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker, The / Inner Demons / Innsmouth no Yakata / Iron Lung / Iru! / It Came from the Desert / Jack and the Beanstalk / Jack in the Dark / Jack the Ripper / Jurassic Park / Kadath / Kill It With Fire / King Kong / Kuon / Laser Ghost / Last Vampire, The / Legacy: Realm of Terror, The / Limbo / Little Nightmares / Lone Survivor / Long Dark, The / Lurking Horror, The / Mad Father / Mansion of Hidden Souls / Martian Gothic: Unification / Miasmata / Midnight Scenes: The Highway / Mist, The / Monster Bash (Apogee) / Monster Bash (SEGA) / Monster Party / Murder House / My father’s long, long legs / Necromancer / Necrotic Drift / Night Creatures / Night Trap / NightCry / Nightjar, The / Nightmare Gallery / Nightmare on Elm Street, A / Nightmare, The / ObsCure / Ocean Hunter, The / Octopus / Onimusha: Warlords / Opossum Country / Organ Trail / Orion Prime / Outbreak, The / Oxenfree / P.T. / Pacte, Le / Parasite Eve / Path, The / Pathologic 2 / Peridium / Phantasmagoria / Phantom Slayer, The / Plague Tale: Innocence, A / Predator / Prey / Produce / Project Firestart / Project Zero / Psycho Killer / Pylons / Quarry, The / Rampage / Rats, The / Realms of the Haunting / Resident Evil / Resident Evil 3: Nemesis / Resident Evil 4 / Resident Evil: Revelations / Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles / Ripper / RMS Titanic / Rod Pike Trilogy, The / Room Beyond, A / Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves / Saturnalia / Screecher, The (Don’t Starve mod) / Scuba Dive / Sewer Shark / Shade / Shadow over Hawksmill, The / Shark Jaws / Shiryou Sensen: War of the Dead / Signalis / Silent Debuggers / Silent Hill / Silent Hill 2 / Silent Hill 3 / Silent Hill: The Arcade / Sinistar / Slender: The Eight Pages / Soma / Song of Horror / SOS / SOS: The Final Escape / Space Gun / Splatterhouse / Stories Untold / Stowaway / Subnautica / Suffering, The / Sweet Home / System Shock 2 / Tau Ceti / Terror at Selachii Bay / Terror of the Deep / Terror-Daktil 4D / Total Eclipse / Transylvania / Uninvited / Until Dawn / Until Dawn: Rush of Blood / Vampire Night / Very, Very, VERY Scary House, A / Visage / Voodoo Kid / What Remains of Edith Finch / Where Time Stood Still / White Day: A Labyrinth Named School / Wolfsbane / Wreck of the B.S.M. Pandora, The / X-COM: Terror from the Deep / Xenomorph / Yomawari: Night Alone / Yume Nikki / Zombie Raid.


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Reprint Updates

This first edition may have received minor updates when reprinted. If not specified here, these changes will not be significant, and likely be small text amends.

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