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The Dark Crystal (1982)

Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Written by A. C. H. Smith. Photos. Paperback, 186 pages.

A novelization of The Dark Crystal. It contains eight pages of color photos in the center of the book.

The World of the Dark Crystal (1982)

Written by J. J. Llewellyn. Illustrated by Brian Froud. Designed and edited by Rubert Brown. First Edition. Henson Organization Publishing. Alfred A. Knopf. Pictures and illustrations. Hardback and paperback, 128 pages.

An account of the world of the Dark Crystal's history and culture, illustrated with Brian Froud's conceptual design artwork. While "Of Muppets and Men" is the most sought Muppet book, equally so is "The World of Dark Crystal" for fans of this film. Magnificent drawings and illustrations with many overlays for enhancement.

The Tale of the Dark Crystal (1982)

Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Written by Donna Bass. Hardback. Illustrated by Bruce McNally. Illustrations. Hardback and paperback, 46 pages.

This book was also released in a paperback Weekly Reader version (smaller in size) and a Weekly Reader hardback edition. Original version comes with dust jacket.

The Art of the Dark Crystal Craft and Folk Art Museum (1982)

Published by the Craft and Folk Art Museum in portfolio form. October 20 - November 21, 1982, Los Angeles, CA.

The book includes 8 picture postcards inserted.

The Making of the Dark Crystal (1983)

Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Written by Christopher Finch. Photos and illustrations. Paperback, 96 pages.

This rare and spectacularly illustrated book reveals the amazing world behind the scenes of "The Dark Crystal". Author Christopher Finch, on location in England, chronicled the evolution of the movie from conception to screen.

With over 200 photographs, mostly in full color and never published before, "The Making of the Dark Crystal" tells the whole story, from the original idea to the extraordinary execution of a film that is truly unique.

The Goblins of Labyrinth (1986)

Published by Turner Publishing Inc. Invented and illustrated by Brian Froud. Captured and catalogued by Terry Jones. Illustrations. Hardcover, 130 pages.

This is not officially a Labyrinth book, but it is based on the detailed concept sketches Brian Froud drew for the Goblins in the feature film. The critters in each sketch are catalogued and explained by comedy writer Terry Jones.

This book was reissued in 1996 as "The Goblin Companion" but does not include Froud's full-color plate conceptual paintings for the film in the original book.

Labyrinth: A Novel Based on the Jim Henson Film (1986)

Published by Henry Holt and Company. Written by A. C. H. Smith. Photos. Paperback, 184 pages.

This is a novelization of Labyrinth based on the screenplay by Terry Jones. It contains eight color pages of photos in the center of the book. Another version features the Labyrinth one-sheet poster on the cover.

Labyrinth: The Photo Album (1986)

Published by Virgin Books. By numerous Goblins, as told to Rebecca Grand. Principal Photographer: John Brown. Designer: David Kaestle. Photos. Paperback, 64 pages.

The story of Labyrinth told through photos and narrated by Goblins.

Labyrinth: The Storybook Based on the Movie (1986)

Published by Henry Holt and Company. By Louise Gikow and illustrated by Bruce McNally. Illustrations. Hardback, 60 pages.

This bright children's book is composed mostly of drawings showing the highlights of the film and teaching about friendships.

Labyrinth Campaign Book (1986)

This rare Labyrinth Campaign Book is a neat guide. The cover is similar to the international one-sheet.

In the center of the book is a nice list and pictures of various Labyrinth collectibles.

Jim Henson's The Storyteller (1988, UK)

Published by Boxtree Limited. Written by Anthony Minghella. Photographs by Stephen Morley. Hardcover. 144 pages.

"Long, long ago... when people listened and words had magic in them... a story was the great gift of all".

This hard-to-find book features nine stories from the Storyteller series, including "Hans My Hedgehog," "The Soldier and Death," "The Luck Child" and "The Heartless Giant". The stories are adapted by Anthony Minghella, who wrote the original scripts. The real treasures of this book are not only the stories, but the vivid photos from the actual episodes.

books_storyteller.gif (7678 bytes)Jim Henson's The Storyteller (1991)

Published by Alfred A. Knopf Inc. Written by Anthony Minghella. Illustrations by Darcy May. Illustrations. Hardcover, 180 pages.

Here is a reissue of the nine stores from the UK Storyteller book, this time with illustrations in place of photos from the actual episodes. The painted illustrations are gorgeous, and very faithful to the design of the series.

No Strings Attached: The Inside Story of Jim Henson's Creature Shop (1997)

books_nostrings.gif (7103 bytes)Published by Simon and Schuster. By Matt Bacon. Introduction by Brian Henson. Photos. Hardcover, 192 pages.

This is a behind-the-scenes look at the history and work of the Creature Shop during it's first twenty-years. This book discusses the creation of the creatures in Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, Babe and Buddy, as well as the CGI critters of The Animal Show and Muppet Treasure Island. Comprehensive and detailed, this is a must-read for any Creature Shop fan.

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