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Into The Unknown
The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale

Author: Nigel Kneale
Out of Print

Format: Paperback
Size: 156mm x 234mm
Page Count: 192
ISBN-13: 9781900486507
Weight (g): 500
Genre: Headpressianism

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The first full biography of a living legend, drawing on a whole range of exclusive interviews.

Over fifty years ago, the first instalment of a fantasy series called Quatermass aired on BBC TV. Penned by scriptwriter NIGEL KNEALE, it was a vast success and the big screen adaptation that followed helped place HAMMER FILMS on the international map.

Quatermass was but the tip of the iceberg. Kneale followed it with a horde of astonishing TV work that stands amongst the most original and powerful in the history of the medium—from The Creature and The Road to The Stone Tape and The Year of The Sex Olympics. Blending elements of horror and science fiction with intelligent, powerful drama, many of these works have since been lost, the broadcast tapes wiped, but they continue to influence generations of admirers and filmmakers—amongst them JOHN CARPENTER, DAN O’BANNON, JOE DANTE, JOHN LANDIS, CHRIS CARTER, THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN, the makers of DOCTOR WHO, STEVEN SPIELBERG and many others.

A key figure in popular culture, yet a vastly underrated one, INTO THE UNKNOWN is the first book to examine Kneale’s work and assess its pioneering nature, drawing on interviews with major collaborators and high-profile fans—as well as Kneale himself.

"Nigel Kneale invented popular television"
Mark Gatiss, The League of Gentlemen

"Well researched and full of previously unpublished facts and trivia, this is what every Kneale fan has been waiting for. FIVE STARS"
Film Review


"I myself was writing a science fiction horror film and I worked very hard to understand and to emulate some of what Nigel Kneale had done"
Dan O'Bannon, writer of one of the key films of all time, ALIEN

"As a celebration of a great British writer this is hard to beat - 9/10"