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The scholarship of Peter Hutchings changed my life, as did the man himself when he co-examined my PhD thesis and mentored me as a new employee at Northumbria University in 2013. I, like so many, miss him greatly.

Bringing Hammer and Beyond back into publication is a tremendous honour, and there are many people to thank. Sincere thanks go to Matthew Frost at Manchester University Press for making this edition a reality. I am grateful to the editors of the Journal of British Cinema and Television – specifically Julian Petley – and Edinburgh University Press for granting me permission to reuse material from ‘Hammer and Beyond: Peter Hutchings’s Contribution to the Study of Popular British Cinema and Television’, which originally appeared in issue 15.3 (2018). Select paragraphs from the aforementioned piece appear in the new introductory chapter. My gratitude extends to Routledge/Taylor and Francis for allowing me to reprint ‘The Amicus House of Horror’, originally published in Steve Chibnall and Julian Petley’s 2002 collection British Horror Cinema; Cambridge Scholars Publishing for granting permission to reprint ‘American Vampires in Britain: Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and Hammer’s The Night Creatures’, which originally appeared in Dan North’s edited collection from 2008, Sights Unseen: Unfinished British Films; and Manchester University Press for granting permission to reprint ‘Putting the “Brit” into Eurohorror’, which originally appeared in Film Studies 15.1 in 2016.

I am lucky to work with many people at Northumbria University who share my passion for the study of British horror cinema. Thanks especially to Russ Hunter for penning the afterword that rounds off the volume and for being a rock for Peter when he needed it most. Present and past members of the Media Subject Group have shown unwavering support for this project: Sarah Bowman, Kate Egan, Gary Jenkins, Steve Jones, James Leggott, Noel McLaughlin, Gabriel Moreno, Massimo Ragnedda, Sarah Ralph-Lane, Jamie Sexton, Clarissa Smith and Tom Watson – I thank you all. Thanks also to my doctoral students Erin Wiegand, Adam Herron and Rui Oliveira; my fellow Northumbria colleagues Ysanne Holt and David Gleeson; and to Roger Domeneghetti, Steve Jones, Nathan Stephens Griffin and Shelly Addison for daily therapy and laughs aplenty.

Thanks to Kate Egan, Kieran Foster, Neil Jackson and Tom Watson for offering comments on an early draft of the new Introduction, to Laura Mee for being there always, and to M. J. Simpson for sharing his encyclopaedic knowledge of contemporary British horror cinema (nobody knows more than him). I thank Charlotte Brunson and Helen Wheatley for their words of support; the global Horror Studies community, especially Kendall Philips, Matt Boyd Smith, Murry Leeder, Adam Hart, Ashley R. Smith, Sonia Lupher, Murray Leeder, Adam Lowenstein, Joan Hawkins and Harry Benshoff; Steve Chibnall and Ian Hunter for supplying research materials that enabled me to complete the new introduction; Craig Mann for the post-2014 British horror recommendations; Constantine Nasr for his displays of enthusiasm for the new edition (and for his excellent, rigorous contributions to British horror historiography beyond academia); and those scholars of British horror film carrying the torch: Kev Bickerdike, Lindsey Decker, Katerina Flint-Nichol, Kieran Foster, Amy Harris and Lauren Stephenson.

I am incredibly lucky to have the support of a wonderful family. Thank you, as ever, to my parents, Jacqueline and Robert, and to my loving partner Nikki, our two beautiful and hilarious children, Rowan and Penny, and our dog, Willis. I love you all and appreciate so much the life you’ve given me.

Finally, I’d like to express my deepest thanks to Peter’s family, especially his sister, Sally, who signed on the line and made this edition of Hammer and Beyond a goer. I dedicate the book both to Sally and to her and Peter’s mother, Rosemary.

Johnny Walker

Newcastle upon Tyne, April 2021

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