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Paul Duncan

Paul Duncan shares his passions for films, crime fiction and comics by publishing, editing and writing books and magazines. He spent his teenage years publishing Ark: The Comics Magazine (1980-1990) and writing graphic novels (Second City, Overload, Beautiful People), before co-founding Crime Time magazine (1995-present), and editing The Third Degree: Crime Writers In Conversation, as well as writing some short stories.


It was during this time that he discovered the fiction of Gerald Kersh, who he has championed ever since through many articles and short-story collections. He has provided the introductions to the London Classics editions of The Angel And The Cuckoo and Prelude To A Certain Midnight. One day, Paul will even finish Kersh’s biography. He promises.


He founded Pocket Essentials in 1999, edited around fifty titles in the series, and wrote eight of them, including Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, Film Noir and Noir Fiction. This brought him to the attention of the illustrious Mr Benedikt Taschen, who took him under his wing and told him to make film books. Since 2003, he has happily carried out his wishes by editing over fifty film books for Taschen, big and small, including the award-winning The Ingmar Bergman Archives, The James Bond Archives, The Charlie Chaplin Archives and The Star Wars Archives. Paul has even written a couple of them. Somebody once told him that he had the best job in the world, and he thinks they are probably correct.

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