Friday, May 16, 2014
Jan Parker Illustrates Witchcraft and Black Magic
I picked up a paperback today that promptly fell apart in my hands. It's a 1971 Hamlyn paperback by Peter Haining called, "Witchcraft and Black Magic". Haining somewhat blotted his copybook with non-fiction works with his two books on Sweeney Todd and Springheel Jack, which is a shame because he was a very competent author even if, in this instance, the text is simply journalistic. But it wasn't the text that drew me most but the illustrations. They are by Jan Parker and have a brilliant mixture of Bosch and Dali and Munch... and so much else. And the book is packed with them: this is only a small selection. Parker doesn't appear in my reference books about twentieth century illustration so I'm unable to provide much more information about him or her.