“A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing other than reality.”― Alfred Hitchcock.
Fred Banberry, an illustrator who was most famous for his work in The Paddington Bear series of children’s books, built a significant reputation in the world of cinema by working alongside some of the all-time greats. He also made brilliant illustrations for many of the Alfred Hitchcock books which were designed for young readers. Banberry was labelled as a “mature illustrator with a contemporary style”.
Nicknamed the ‘Master of Suspense’, Hitchcock directed over 50 feature films through his prolific career which began in 1919 and continued to push the boundaries of the cinematic landscape right up until his death in 1980. During that time, the iconic figure of cinema turned his hand to literature an published a series of original stories.
The first of these books is called Alfred Hitchcock’s Haunted Houseful. Published in 1961, it is a collection of “nine cool stories about haunted houses and ghosts for boys and girls.”
Working alongside Banberry, Hithcock had the creative artist illustrate three more books in the series, Alfred Hitchcock’s Ghostly Gallery: Eleven Spooky Stories for Young People (1962), Alfred Hitchcock’s Ghostly Gallery (1962) and Hitchcock Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries (1963). Banberry had a lot of fun making illustrations of the great filmmaker himself.
Here are a few Banberry drawings taken from a selection of Hitchcock works: