Underworlds: A compelling journey through subterranean realms, real and imagined

Cultural & Media Studies
Hardback Published on: 28/09/2023
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"Imagination thrives in darkness"
"Imagination thrives in darkness" so it is no wonder, a book delving inside the world we know -and the worlds we do not- thrives from page to page, as it d... READ MORE
Ella-Mae from Lewes
Praise for Ellcock
This was a wonderful read. Beautifully published, the artwork/photography featured in this book were put here to impress! Thank you so much to Thames and H... READ MORE
Dani B
A fascinating visual journey of everything underneath.
Split across five chapters - 'Beneath the Surface', Human Habitation and Exploration', Underwter Worlds', 'Imagined Underground Worlds' and 'Subliminal Rea... READ MORE
The Wyrd Bookseller


A darkly evocative compendium of images exploring natural, constructed, imaginary and subconscious underworlds, curated by renowned image collector and social media figure Stephen Ellcock.

From the burrows and secret bunkers beneath our feet to imagined hellscapes and surrealist dreamscapes, the disquieting, alarming and wonderful visuals span natural and constructed subterranea and imagined and subconscious worlds. A personal introduction by Stephen together with contextual chapter introductions establish the key themes, while supplementary texts elucidate essential concepts, historical events and figures. Thought-provoking literary, philosophical and spiritual quotations punctuate the intriguing images.

Together, the images and authoritative text highlight the interplay between the real and the imagined, revealing how the real has fed our fears and hopes and informed our imagination – and conversely, how our imagination has depicted the esoteric, the abject and the unknown.

  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780500026311
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 700g
  • Dimensions: 230 x 165 mm

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Quick Read
Underworlds is certainly an interesting amalgam of information and images of not only the Underworld for mythology but the world under us scientifically. T... READ MORE
Sophie Smith-Patterson
Fabulous refrence book
I had the pleasure of getting a copy to review, and i’m blown away by the scope and refrences used. Its a fascinating collection, truely worth the time tor... READ MORE
Dean Cook