Obverse Announce New Cult TV Book Imprint

Written by J. R. Southall Saturday, 15 April 2017

Book News

In news that will delight aficionados of cult, genre and vintage TV everywhere, Obverse Books have announced that they’re set to extend their current range of Doctor Who titles, the Black Archive series of “critical monographs”, to include other television programmes as well. The new imprint will be known as the Silver Archive, and the first titles are due in less than twelve months’ time.

For those who are unaware, the Black Archive volumes are essentially the Doctor Who equivalent of the BFI Film Classics range of books, with each title looking at a particular Doctor Who story in the kind of depth that might ordinarily be reserved for the likes of David Lean and Stanley Kubrick. Doctor Who, of course, is the kind of television series that encourages such depth of analysis – and it isn’t the only one. Hence the expansion of the range to include the likes of The Prisoner and Children of the Stones.

The Silver Archive kicks off in March net year, with three volumes being published simultaneously, each covering two series of the haunting late 1970s/early 1980s ITV classic Sapphire and Steel. Later in 2018 a further three titles will look at Stranger Things, The Strange World of Gurney Slade, Anthony Newley’s surreal comedy from 1960, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (not the entire series, natch!), before the series goes on to include books about Quatermass and the Pit, The Stone Tape and A for Andromeda among many others. Authors will include David McIntee, Robert Smith, Paul Magrs and Michael Seely.

Obverse head honcho Stuart Douglas explains, “There’s such a rich history of genre television, and yet discussion of individual series still tend to concentrate on a few big names while the rest are effectively ignored, usually on the basis that there simply isn’t a large enough fanbase to justify a full length analysis.

The Silver Archive, by allowing writers to narrow their focus to one season or serial, or even a single episode, transcends that problem, and lets us open windows on a wide range of shows, some fondly remembered, some almost forgotten and in need of rehabilitation.

“The Black Archive demonstrated that there is a readership out there eager for our type of detailed story analysis – the Silver Archive will build on that and will, I hope, be equally well received.”

Further details will be available in due course from obversebooks.co.uk, where in the meantime the first eleven volumes of the Doctor Who Black Archive series are currently available.

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