The horror anthologies ‘edited’ by the Hammer Films star.
It was pretty common back in the day for celebrities to be the face of short story collections – Alfred Hitchcock did dozens of them, for instance. Horror icon Christopher Lee also fronted a series of books in the 1970s. Lee was well-read and knew many of the stories (and their writers), which allowed him to append introductions to each story and so give his presence a legitimacy that others might not have had, even though the books were actually edited by hard-working writers Peter Haining and Michel Parry.
And here’s Lee’s (first) autobiography, which uses a cover that would fit in nicely with this series.
And not to be outdone, Lee’s frequent co-star Peter Cushing also fronted a 1970s horror anthology:
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