This guide examines Burton's directorial career, from his CalArts shorts to "Planet of the Apes", as well as side projects such as "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and his animated Internet series "Stainboy". Featuring a range of old and new interviews with key figures, contemporary criticism and a look at Burton's forgotten surfing masterpiece, "Luau", this offers a useful reference guide for both Burton's fans and anyone interested in the creation of unortodox mainstream cinema.
Jim Smith is the co-author of Soul Searching: An Unofficial Guide To The Life and Trials of Ally McBeal, and author of Manhattan Dating Game: An Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Sex and the City. He has written about television for a variety of publications and is also a regular film reviewer. Clive Matthews was film editor for University College London's Pi magazine and is an experienced web-journalist.