The British Library’s forthcoming Terror and Wonder exhibition devoted to all things Gothic is set to open this October – this morning a six metre high poster featuring the work of comic book artist and illustrator Dave McKean was unveiled on site…
The exhibition celebrates 250 years of Gothic literature with over 200 objects on show including handwritten drafts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. Posters, books, films – even a vampire-slaying kit – will also be on display.
“Ever since the publication of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto in 1764, Gothic themes and ideas have provided a rich source of inspiration for writers, filmmakers, artists, musicians and fashion designers; adding colour, wonder and a dash of delicious fear to our lives,” says Greg Buzwell, co-curator of the exhibition.
“Dave’s artwork brilliantly captures the drama and intensity of the Gothic imagination, something which we explore in detail in Terror and Wonder.”
Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination opens on October 3. Here’s the artwork for the finished poster: