Don't confuse this with the coffee table books, Hammer Glamour or The Art of Hammer: The Official Poster Collection From the Archive of Hammer Films; this work by Robert Michael Bob Cotter, though illustrated, is primarily a filmography with a focus on female actresses in films from the famed horror movie mavens, Hammer Studios. Listing actresses in alphabetical order, ACOSTA, CAROLINA to WYETH, KATYA, the author lists the Hammer films in which they appeared, and in most cases also supplies biographical notes. Some of the biographies fill a page, others are a paragraph or two, and many have brief birth (and death) dates.
The book also comes with a very nice, but short bibliography; interestingly, the bibliography does not list 2010's THE ART OF HAMMER. The index is somewhat superfluous in listing actresses by name since the alphabetical arrangement of the book serves the same purpose. Indexing film titles is, however, most useful. A separate section listing all distributed Hammer films to date is also included.
All illustrations (save the cover photo) are grainy black and white reproductions. They are definitely interesting, campy, and fun, but they're not designed as eye candy. Definitely recommended for aficionados of all things Hammer, and probably a good purchase for education institutions with either film departments or women's studies programs.
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.