From the butcher knife-wielding haunter of Haddonfield to a 1958 Plymouth Fury with a lethal jealousy streak, filmmaker John Carpenter gave genre fans the goods time and time again from the late 1970's through the early 1980's (and beyond). Unit photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker captured the prolific director during this period with insightful photos now collected for release from Titan Books. 

Coming out just in time for Halloween on October 24th, Kim Gottlieb-Walker's coffee table hardcover, On Set with John Carpenter, is now available to pre-order for £19.99. The book will showcase intriguing photos—some of them never-before-seen—of Carpenter with his cast and crew of five films: Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, Christine, and Halloween II. Exclusive commentary by Carpenter and others involved in the making of these movies is also included. To learn more, visit:

"John Carpenter’s producing partner Debra Hill hired photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker to be the unit photographer on Halloween, and Kim soon became part of Carpenter’s filmmaking family, going on to shoot stills on the sets of some of his most iconic films:

  • Halloween
  • The Fog
  • Escape from New York
  • Halloween II
  • Christine

Collected together here for the first time is the best of that on-set photography, with iconic, rare, and previously unseen images. All accompanied by exclusive commentary from those involved, including John Carpenter himself, and other key crew and cast.

From production stills, to candids of the stars between takes, and the crew in action, alongside portrait shots of the actors who would eagerly pose for Kim, this book gives an unprecedented glimpse into the action on set with John Carpenter."

Malek Akkad says:

"Kim’s work possesses the rare quality that far exceeds the expectations of a typical film unit still photographer. She captures a moment in time that lets the viewer become a part of the collaboration, camaraderie, and fun that is inherent on the film sets on which she has worked. Her pictures are a fascinating glimpse at the other side of the action, and tell a deeper story for fans of these great films to appreciate. Rather than just document the process, she invites us to be a part of it, and that is what sets her work apart."

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    About the Author - Derek Anderson

    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.