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Discover HR Giger’s inimitable universe in this introduction to the master that gave expression to the collective horrors and fantasies of our time. From his childhood fears to Alien, Giger personally guides us through his multifaceted career with intimate autobiographical essays, detailed reproductions and designs, and a foreword by Timothy Leary.
Hardcover8.3 x 10.2 in.1.36 lb96 pages

“A magnificent volume, a lovingly designed homage that does justice to the significance of this artist... One thing is certain: most celebrated contemporary artists quickly fall back into obscurity, but HR Giger will remain.”

“A disturbingly beautiful tribute to H.R. Giger’s nightmarish work.”



Master of Horror

The powerful world of HR Giger

Swiss artist HR Giger (1940–2014) is most famous for his creation of the space monster in Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror sci-fi film Alien, which earned him an Oscar. In retrospect, this was just one of the most popular expressions of Giger’s biomechanical arsenal of creatures, which consistently merged hybrids of human and machine into images of haunting power and dark psychedelia.

The visions drew on demons of the past, harking back as far as Giger’s earliest childhood fears as well as evoking mythologies for the future. Above all, they gave expression to the collective fears and fantasies of his age: fear of the atom, of pollution and wasted resources, and of a future in which our bodies depend on machines for survival.

From surrealist dream landscapes created with a spray gun and stencils to album cover designs, from guillotine-like sculptures to self-designed bars, Giger personally guides us through his multi-faceted universe in this definitive introduction to a master of horror. Detailed reproductions and designs and a foreword by Timothy Leary complement Giger’s intimate autobiographical texts.
The artist

HR Giger (1940–2014) was a Swiss painter, sculptor, and designer, who combined surrealist influences and dark fantasies to create his very own biomechanical universe. He first received acclaim in the 1960s with his airbrushed fantasies of post-apocalyptic creatures and landscapes, and rose to fame through high profile movie work, most notably the creation of the monster in Alien, which won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. 

Hardcover21 x 26 cm0.62 kg96 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-3419-2

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-3420-8

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-4058-2

Edition: Spanish
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Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
• a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
• a concise biography
• approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions



9 Ratings


Luis,May 7, 2022
Giger is an excellent artist his work is extraordinary very unique

Better than expected accompanying texts

Evan,October 27, 2021
If you know/like Giger, then none of the artwork will be very surprising. I enjoy the art, but seeing the work on this book did not unveil to me any aspects of Gigers style I wasn't already familiar with. The accompanying essays however are really great. For example, one is by Tim Leary of LSD fame, written some decades ago.

Very good for the price, but lacking

Howard,October 27, 2021
For such a low price, this is definitely a worthwhile purchase. However, I'm hoping for something more substantive in the future. When it comes to Giger books, Taschen only seems to offer very low-price small books like this, or very glamorous and highly expensive deluxe editions. I'd love to see a "Complete Works" book in a standard $70-100 range.


Romain,October 27, 2021
Everything was perfect, from the purchase to the delivery and the packaging ! I'll come back !

More Giger!

James,October 27, 2021
A good look at Giger's work, but I wish Taschen would produce an XL version of their XXL Giger book.