STARBURST: Alan Jones Film Reviews Special Edition (PRE-ORDER)

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STARBURST: Alan Jones Film Reviews Special Edition (PRE-ORDER)

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PRE-ORDER Please Note: Payment will be taken immediately but your book will not ship until publication date, delivery expected September in most cases


FAB Press Exclusive Signed and Numbered "Silver Shine" Collector's Edition Pre-Order

STARBURST The Complete Alan Jones Film Reviews 1977-2008

with Special Introductions written by Edgar Wright, Neil Marshall, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson



UK Pre-Orders will ship the final week of August, or the first week of September at latest



BUDGET SEA FREIGHT SHIPPING available only during the Pre-Order period. This book's Pre-Order period will end the final week of August, after which our usual USPS Media Mail rate will revert to being our most cost-effective shipping option

Take advantage of our lowest ever USA shipping rates by ordering any combination of items this summer during the Sea Freight Offer Period!

USA Sea Freight Pre-Orders will ship towards the end of September, or some time during October at latest



THE STARBURST BOOKLAUNCH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THIS YEAR'S FRIGHTFEST so if you are planning to attend please note that we will be reserving a sufficient number of the silver page edge numbered edition for sale there. Two booklaunch sessions with Alan Jones in attendance are scheduled, first on Friday 23rd August and then on Saturday 24th August. The precise times of each one-hour slot will be decided shortly before the festival. The book will be sold for £50 at FrightFest.


PLEASE NOTE: This is the first of two FAB Press books by Alan Jones to be released this year. Alan's autobiography, DISCOMANIA, is currently in production and will be issued later in the year. Full information and Pre-Orders for that book are being held back until after FrightFest.


Special Features UNIQUE to the Signed & Numbered Collector's Edition of STARBURST, only available direct from FAB Press:

  • Stunning SILVER page edges
  • Individually numbered limited edition – each Collector's Edition book will have its own unique-numbered Alan Jones signature plate on the title page
  • Guaranteed to receive your book long before the trade edition will be released later in the year


STARBURST The Complete Alan Jones Film Reviews 1977-2008

Three decades of thrillingly incisive writing from a true pioneer of horror, science fiction and fantasy film journalism – outspoken, opinionated and endlessly readable. Alan Jones led the way – the rest of us followed... (Mark Kermode)

When genre fandom was blossoming, one trail-blazing film critic vented, glorified, and called attention to the quirky sci-fi blockbuster, the oddball fantasy, the radical shocker, the future cult classic and his favoured Italian horror with forensic attention to detail, outrageous bluntness and honest integrity.

For more than 30 years, Alan Jones was the principal reviewer for the British movie magazine Starburst. Within its seminal pages he pioneered a no-holds-barred critical stance with an authentic fanboy voice filtered through his punk attitude and a keen genre sensibility. Jones built a reputation as a critic of heft who often ruffled industry feathers but gained a legion of fans whilst expanding the language of fantasy film analysis. Finally, Jones has collated his entire body of Starburst reviews into one extraordinary volume, without editing the original texts which shone like a beacon during some of the darkest of times for the British genre lover.

Starburst: The Complete Alan Jones Film Reviews 1977-2008 is a record of many of the most influential fantasy and horror movies of all time. It also documents how the genre grew in stature from lowly poor relation to box office powerhouse. With his signature Starburst house style – considered something of a brand novelty at the time – Jones was at the forefront of every new trend with his enlightening reviews covering every UK fantasy release in his eagerly anticipated monthly column.

From the rise and fall and rise again of stalk-and-slash, the heyday of practical gore effects, the animation revival and the found footage phenomenon to the science fiction tent-pole, the superhero blockbuster takeover, and the CGI revolution, Jones commented on it all while divulging unique facts, film industry gossip, and vital contemporary details.

Being a key genre commentator meant Jones played an unexpectedly gratifying role in firing the creative imaginations of many of today’s top film industry names. Here, directors Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Last Night in Soho), Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent), Andy Nyman (Ghost Stories, ‘Derren Brown: Infamous’) and writer Jeremy Dyson (‘The League of Gentlemen’, ‘Killing Eve’) share their life-changing memories of the magazine, and how Jones’s beloved reviews engendered their own devotion to the horror fantasy genre.

Together with a history of the magazine’s genesis and Jones’s role within it, this mighty tome is not only a genre reference bible about the most significant movies ever made, but also a glorious time machine taking readers back to an unforgettable era, fuelling the early days of fantasy fandom.

  • 1,250 films reviewed!
  • 660,000 words!
  • 2,000 illustrations!
  • 648 large format pages!

The most significant single-authored genre film encyclopedia of the 21st Century, this unique publication is a month-by-month record of the development and progression of science fiction, fantasy and horror films, all told in the compelling words of someone who was there every step of the way, recording it all for posterity. A lucid, controversial and always entertaining read that will have fans everywhere adding copious numbers of movie titles to their "Must-See" lists!


    About the Author

    Alan Jones has written for Cinefantastique, Starburst, Empire, Fangoria, Neon, Heat, GQ, Vogue, FHM, Film Review, Vox, Preview, Shivers, Femme Fatales, The Independent, The Guardian, Premiere and Radio Times. He has been a member of the critic's jury at the Sitges, Fantasporto, Paris, Rome and Avoriaz fantasy festivals and, after co-presenting the legendary Shock Around The Clock festival in London, and Fantasm at the National Film Theatre, is now co-organizer of the London FrightFest.


    Technical Details

    Trimmed Page Size: 300mm x 215mm

    Binding: Hardcover with Silver Page Edges (FAB Press Exclusive Special Edition only)

    Extent: 648 pages, including over 2,000 colour & b/w illustrations

    ISBN: 978-1-913051-35-8

    Publication date: 23 August 2024

    Collector's Edition Pre-Order shipping date: September 2024

    Trade Edition street date: TBC, late 2024

    Market: Cinema

    Book package weight: 3,950g

    Edition: First Pressing, Special Edition


    Product CodeStarburst Signed & Numbered
    ManufacturerFAB Press
    Stock Level147

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